Welcome to the Junior School, where pupils make their first marks on the blank canvas of their St Dunstan’s shield as they begin their College adventure, learning who they are and discovering a love of learning from the earliest stages. Our highly skilled and dedicated Junior School team strike the perfect balance between academic rigour, exploratory play and a personalised approach to learning.
Pupils are at the heart of what we do and they are encouraged to develop the self-confidence to thrive as individuals, supported in their endeavours within an incredibly nurturing and safe environment. Staff take time to get to know pupils; their likes, dislikes and interests outside of school. This enables them to tailor the curriculum to ensure that the needs of all pupils are met and that lessons are structured to inspire and engage the entire class.
Themes are interwoven through a broad and balanced curriculum, and whether it is rocket-launches on the field, an environmental protest on the playground, or a West End-worthy performance in our Great Hall, no day is the same! Our pupils thrive from our forward-thinking and ambitious approach to education, where they are well-prepared for the unexpected of tomorrow’s world and ready to embrace any challenges that may come their way in the future.
We are a coeducational Junior School integrated within a wider College community. Pupils in the Junior School benefit from both having a form teacher who will deliver the majority of the curriculum to them, as well as the expertise of specialist teachers in PE and Games, music, art and languages. Enrichment opportunities, a small-class setting and the first-class facilities we will access as we move to our new building mid-academic year 2020-2021, mean that all pupils are supported to be appropriately challenged, inspired and encouraged to achieve their potential and reach their goals.
The best way for you to be able to feel the energy of the pupils and staff, and truly understand how exciting school life is here at St Dunstan’s College, would be for you to visit us in person. I strongly encourage you to come and see our school in action. We host several open mornings at various points in the school year (the dates and booking form are detailed on the College website) and these include tours led by our pupils, who are very proud of being part of the St Dunstan’s community, and who will happily offer insight on their own personal school journey. We are also able to offer bespoke tours if you are interested in a particular section of the school or if you are unable to attend one of our open mornings.
I look forward to welcoming you to St Dunstan’s Junior School soon.
Miss Laura Whitwood
Head of Junior School