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A statement from St Dunstan's College Headmaster
 
A statement from St Dunstan's College Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett, following the Government's announcement on A-Level and GCSE results.
 
 
 
'I am pleased with today’s announcement that Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) will be used to award GCSE and A-level outcomes. This news represents the least worst of all the bad options available and means that an injustice will no longer be served to many young people in this country and in our school. It does, of course, open another can of worms, as there will inevitably be significant discrepancies in the validity of judgements shown between different schools.
 
 
'St Dunstan’s believes in the integrity of its processes in formulating these judgements and is pleased that these strong cohorts of students are able to have their true ability shown in this way. We remain enormously proud of all our Year 13 students and what they have achieved in extraordinary circumstances this year, with the overwhelming majority having made their first-choice university after achieving some excellent results. We look forward to sharing GCSE outcomes with students on Thursday.
 
 
'What we all need to do after this is to move on and continue to focus on the safe and proper reopening of our schools in the middle of a global pandemic.'
 

 

St Dunstan’s College and Willmott Dixon mark the start of new development with ground breaking event

 

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to officially mark the start of the new development by ‘breaking the ground’ with Willmott Dixon on Friday 17 January. The works will include a new Junior School, STEM building and Sixth Form Centre, which will all open in 2021.

During the day, Willmott Dixon gave a group of junior and senior pupils a tour of the building site and explained to them what would be happening over the next 18 months, before excited pupils got a chance to have photos in the large digger. Following this, staff including the Headmaster, bursary team and a group of governors were given a tour of the site.

Speaking about the event, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of our college sites since our foundation in Catford, in 1888. I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstans’ education should be ‘ahead of the current time.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state of the art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

Designed by Bond Bryan, the new development will be sited adjacent to the existing historic Headmaster’s house and be connected by a glass atrium. Built over two, three and four storeys, phase one will see demolition of some existing building and the construction of the new Junior School that will provide a stimulating learning environment - with specialist facilities for art, music and performance - whilst providing unrestricted access to age-appropriate sporting facilities across the elevated playing areas and the two Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs).

 

Phase two will see the delivery of the STEM Centre and Sixth Form Centre; these cutting-edge facilities will consolidate STEM subjects into a modern central space. The Hub will also provide university-style learning - including large independent study spaces and social areas and a café. 

Adam Worrall, Director for Willmott Dixon in the London & South said: ‘We are delighted to celebrate this official milestone and see work start on site for this fantastic project. This development will deliver a world-class inspirational learning space that will complement St Dunstan’s teaching for many years to come.’

The College’s Bursar, Mrs Clair Wilkins added: ‘Finally breaking the ground on this monumental project marks the start of an extremely exciting period for the College. Once completed, this beautifully designed building will provide our community with dedicated and specialist spaces for science, technology, engineering and maths as well as a Sixth Form Hub with cafe and university style study spaces. In addition, the long awaited new Junior School will significantly enhance the indoor and outdoor learning environments for our pupils.’

The Sixth Form at St Dunstan’s College – A celebration of self-discovery and individual spirit

St Dunstan’s College Sixth Form, located in Catford, south London, represents the journey through which each student attains their education maturity, and forms the foundation which so much of their later lives will be built on.

The College celebrates, encourages and bring to fruition the self-discovery and individual spirit of each student, working in partnership to release potential and foster excellent social and intellectual skill sets.

As part of a huge redevelopment of the College site, a new Sixth Form Centre will open in April 2021 transforming the sixth form experience for students joining in September 2021 and beyond. The beautiful new area will include a large café with social and study spaces plus an additional quiet, independent study area overlooking the bright and airy atrium of the new development. Current students have been involved with the design process and the study spaces have been modelled on university style learning environments.

The new development, which is the most significant since the College’s foundation in 1888, will also include a new state-of-the-art STEM centre, which will provide students will access to cutting-edge facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A new Performing Arts Centre will also open housing the Music and Drama Departments. 

Speaking about the new facilities, St Dunstan’s headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of the College site since the very first bricks were laid.

‘I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstan’s education should be ‘ahead of the current time’.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state-of-the-art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

All Sixth Form students embark on the St Dunstan’s Diploma – the defining aspect of Sixth Form life. The exciting programme is designed to inspire, challenge and assist students to fulfil their unique ambitions and potential – no one is left behind.

The Diploma allows the support and pursuit of a vast range of individual interests and goals both within and in addition to the core academic curriculum. Students are required to choose options from each of the following themes: the A Level examined curriculum, the Co-curricular activities and student leadership, and elective courses. Students’ Diploma achievements are celebrated at the end of the year with a graduation ceremony. 

Speaking about the St Dunstan’s Diploma, former student Rachel, who now reads classics at the University of Cambridge explained: ‘The Diploma opens up many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom and allows sixth formers to truly pursue their own interests.’

Life for young people in 2020 can also be exceptionally hard, and St Dunstan’s students are supported by the Sixth Form leadership team and their tutors. The Sixth Form office has an open door policy and staff are always available to listen to concerns, guiding with discretion and sensitivity

St Dunstan’s also has a Wellness Centre, which is the hub the student well-being at the College. All students benefit from a range of support including a comprehensive counselling service, offering both formal and informal sessions with on-site counsellors. Additionally, the College has an in-house Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and therefore many of the staff and senior students are qualified to deliver MHFA.

Many students from the local area and other schools join St Dunstan’s for Sixth Form, and many note the welcoming atmosphere and supportive environment. ‘There’s a real sense of community in the Sixth Form, Year 12 and 13 are like one big family and you always know someone is around to talk to you or offer support if you need it,’ Year 13 student Sam said.

To find out more about St Dunstan’s College Sixth Form, book an upcoming bespoke tour or virtual Q&A by visiting www.stdunstans.org.uk or by calling 020 8516 7200. There are a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer to sixth form students and the admissions team are always happy to talk through the admissions process and application. There are also a variety of videos on the College website about life in the Sixth Form.

The College is also on Twitter (@StDunstansColl) and Instagram (@StDunstansCollege). 

 

The new development, which is the most significant since the College’s foundation in 1888, will also include a new state-of-the-art STEM centre, which will provide students will access to cutting-edge facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A new Performing Arts Centre will also open housing the Music and Drama Departments. 

Speaking about the new facilities, St Dunstan’s headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of the College site since the very first bricks were laid.

‘I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstan’s education should be ‘ahead of the current time’.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state-of-the-art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

All Sixth Form students embark on the St Dunstan’s Diploma – the defining aspect of Sixth Form life. The exciting programme is designed to inspire, challenge and assist students to fulfil their unique ambitions and potential – no one is left behind.

The Diploma allows the support and pursuit of a vast range of individual interests and goals both within and in addition to the core academic curriculum. Students are required to choose options from each of the following themes: the A Level examined curriculum, the Co-curricular activities and student leadership, and elective courses. Students’ Diploma achievements are celebrated at the end of the year with a graduation ceremony. 

Speaking about the St Dunstan’s Diploma, former student Rachel, who now reads classics at the University of Cambridge explained: ‘The Diploma opens up many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom and allows sixth formers to truly pursue their own interests.’

Life for young people in 2020 can also be exceptionally hard, and St Dunstan’s students are supported by the Sixth Form leadership team and their tutors. The Sixth Form office has an open door policy and staff are always available to listen to concerns, guiding with discretion and sensitivity

St Dunstan’s also has a Wellness Centre, which is the hub the student well-being at the College. All students benefit from a range of support including a comprehensive counselling service, offering both formal and informal sessions with on-site counsellors. Additionally, the College has an in-house Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and therefore many of the staff and senior students are qualified to deliver MHFA.

Many students from the local area and other schools join St Dunstan’s for Sixth Form, and many note the welcoming atmosphere and supportive environment. ‘There’s a real sense of community in the Sixth Form, Year 12 and 13 are like one big family and you always know someone is around to talk to you or offer support if you need it,’ Year 13 student Sam said.

To find out more about St Dunstan’s College Sixth Form, book an upcoming bespoke tour or virtual Q&A by visiting www.stdunstans.org.uk or by calling 020 8516 7200. 

 

 
A LEVEL RESULTS
 
Following the challenges of recent months, St Dunstan’s College awakes this morning with good reason for celebration.
 
Our A Level results are amongst the strongest seen in recent years. We have the highest A* percentage on record, at 20%. Nearly half of all the grades awarded were either A or A* (49%) and 78% of grades were A* - B, both of which represent considerable uplift from last year.
 
The College is also delighted to confirm 20% of the cohort received straight A grades or higher, as well as 100% Oxbridge success and all three of our talented young artists achieving their first-choice Art Foundation Course.
 
At the time of writing, 78% of applicants have made it onto their first-choice higher education course, and we expect this to increase as the morning unfolds.
 
 
Speaking about today’s A Level results, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett explained: ‘We have good reason for celebration this morning, with our A Level results amongst the strongest in recent years.
 
‘Yet, any sense of celebration this year must be tempered by both the disappointment that these students were not able to prove themselves in final examinations, and the reality that, in certain subject areas, exam boards decided to downgrade our Centre Assessment Grades. This downgrading has significantly disadvantaged certain departments and certain students. It is an injustice.
 
‘Our processes for finalising these grades were extraordinarily robust. Teachers spent many hours reviewing the plethora of internal data available to us to present the most accurate information possible on each and every student. And yet in some cases this was seemingly and arbitrarily ignored. We know the ability of these students and we believe we are more able to take a view on their likely outcomes than an Ofqual algorithm. For those students who have been affected in this way, we will now be doing everything in our power to support them through the next steps, as that hopefully becomes clearer in the coming days and weeks, and our thoughts are with them today.
 
‘And so I greet today with mixed emotions. Celebration and pride is marred by disappointment that an imperfect system has served mixed blessings to our school. Whilst the results are strong, had our professional judgement been fully trusted, they could have been even better, and some of our young people wouldn’t have been served an injustice today.’
 

 

St Dunstan’s College Junior School awarded Gold from Lewisham Council for improving air quality

 

St Dunstan’s College Junior School has won a Gold Award from Lewisham Council for its commitment to improving air quality.

The award, which is part of TfL’s STARS programme, follows three years of dedicated work by the junior pupils and staff in becoming more sustainable.

Prior to the award, the Junior School has held a variety of events to become more sustainable and raise awareness of the issue. This has included car free days, car sharing days, walk to school week. There has also been environmental after school clubs, dedicated health lessons and topics focused on saving the world and sustainability. 

The award was presented to the Junior School during their weekly assembly by two representatives from Lewisham Council. 

Speaking about the award, Acting Head of Junior School, Miss Laura Whitwood said: ‘The Junior School are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a STARS Air Quality Gold award, having worked towards this accreditation for the last three years. It is a huge achievement and we are thrilled that our hard work to become a more active and sustainably aware school over recent years has been acknowledged and celebrated. 

‘We take pride in looking after our environment and caring for the space around us and sustainability in general is now embedded into our curriculum, co-curriculum and day to day life in school. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.’

She added: ‘We will of course continue to hold our sustainable travel weeks and days, look at new, exciting ways in which we can encourage pupils to think about sustainability, as well as reviewing and updating our curriculum in light of current and up-to-date environmental factors. While achieving the gold accreditation is incredibly satisfying, there will always be more we can do and further improvements we can make.’

STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. The programme also aims to support pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality.

OPEN DAYS

Junior school Open Mornings

Tuesday 24 March, 9:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday 28 April, 10am – 12pm

Nursery Open Morning

Wednesday 4 March, starting time of 9am or 10:15am

To book visit www.stdunstans.org.uk

St Dunstan’s College starts production of PPE for the community following the Coronavirus crisis

 

This week, St Dunstan’s College’s design and technology department have started manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the current Coronavirus crisis.

The department, led by Mr James Randall, have been producing the PPE in the College’s workshop using the laser cutter.

Speaking about the production, Mr Randall explained: ‘Community is at the heart of everything we do at St Dunstan’s. This week, we have been making PPE including face masks and visors for the NHS. We have been cutting them out on our laser cutter, and once they’re cut, they are then ready to be sent out to the local community.

‘We know this is a very challenging time for many of our NHS, care and key workers, so we wanted to be able to help in this way, and hopefully the PPE will be able to support those in our community working on the front line.’

The PPE will be distributed locally between University Lewisham Hospital, King’s College Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital and St Christopher’s.

The College will also be donating teddy bears and colouring pencils to the hospitals for any children affected by Coronavirus.

Following the school closure on Friday 20 March, the College donated a selection of food to the Catford Community Soup kitchen in Bromley Road. This included potatoes, apples, eggs, oranges, pineapples and more.

Last month, the College also launched a dedicated area on its website to Coronavirus support. The new area includes updates from the Headmaster, daily tips from both staff and students, mental health support and signposting, and news from its virtual learning. Those visiting the dedicated area will also find NHS and Public Health England guidance and useful resources that can be shared with family and friends.

The new page can be viewed at: https://www.stdunstans.org.uk/coronavirus-support

St Dunstan’s College celebrates the European Day of Languages

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to celebrate the European Day of Languages on Thursday 26 September.

In the run-up to the day, assemblies were hosted across the College looking at the theme of communication and how languages help and support it. During the Lower School assembly, pupils discussed British values and how the French Revolution may have influenced these values. 

During the assembly, Year 8 language pupils also put on a performance of the events linked to the French Revolution including a spectacular scene of the decapitation by Guillotine of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

 

During Sixth Form assembly, pupils Michael, Carla and Willow put on a highly emotive and atmospheric version of ‘Le Petit Dejeuner du Matin’ by Jacques Prevert, set to live music in the Great Hall.

St Dunstan’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Nina Crivellari, also spoke to pupils about her love of languages, quoting one of her favourite Chinese proverbs: ‘To learn a language is to have more window from which to view the world.”

Following this, senior pupils hosted a carousel of events for the Junior School. This included a fun French breakfast café, where the younger pupils had to order their breakfast in French. This included tasty croissants, crepes and brioches.  The pupils then moved on to the activity area in the Great Hall, where pupils got the chance to learn more about Spanish Zumba, Swahili culture and classical Indian dancing. There were also workshops on Flamenco fan making and finding the Francophone world.

Speaking about the day, Mrs Crivellari, said: ‘It was a wonderful day, and fantastic to see so many pupils embracing all of the different activities and getting a chance to practice their phrases in another language.’

Open Days

Bespoke Tour & Virtual Q&A

Book at www.stdunstans.org.uk or by calling 020 8516 7200

OPEN DAYS

Junior school Open Mornings

Tuesday 24 March, 9:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday 28 April, 10am – 12pm

Nursery Open Morning

Wednesday 4 March, starting time of 9am or 10:15am

To book visit www.stdunstans.org.uk

A LEVEL RESULTS
 
Following the challenges of recent months, St Dunstan’s College awakes this morning with good reason for celebration.
 
Our A Level results are amongst the strongest seen in recent years. We have the highest A* percentage on record, at 20%. Nearly half of all the grades awarded were either A or A* (49%) and 78% of grades were A* - B, both of which represent considerable uplift from last year.
 
The College is also delighted to confirm 20% of the cohort received straight A grades or higher, as well as 100% Oxbridge success and all three of our talented young artists achieving their first-choice Art Foundation Course.
 
At the time of writing, 78% of applicants have made it onto their first-choice higher education course, and we expect this to increase as the morning unfolds.
 
 
Speaking about today’s A Level results, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett explained: ‘We have good reason for celebration this morning, with our A Level results amongst the strongest in recent years.
 
‘Yet, any sense of celebration this year must be tempered by both the disappointment that these students were not able to prove themselves in final examinations, and the reality that, in certain subject areas, exam boards decided to downgrade our Centre Assessment Grades. This downgrading has significantly disadvantaged certain departments and certain students. It is an injustice.
 
‘Our processes for finalising these grades were extraordinarily robust. Teachers spent many hours reviewing the plethora of internal data available to us to present the most accurate information possible on each and every student. And yet in some cases this was seemingly and arbitrarily ignored. We know the ability of these students and we believe we are more able to take a view on their likely outcomes than an Ofqual algorithm. For those students who have been affected in this way, we will now be doing everything in our power to support them through the next steps, as that hopefully becomes clearer in the coming days and weeks, and our thoughts are with them today.
 
‘And so I greet today with mixed emotions. Celebration and pride is marred by disappointment that an imperfect system has served mixed blessings to our school. Whilst the results are strong, had our professional judgement been fully trusted, they could have been even better, and some of our young people wouldn’t have been served an injustice today.’
 

 

St Dunstan’s College and Willmott Dixon mark the start of new development with ground breaking event

 

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to officially mark the start of the new development by ‘breaking the ground’ with Willmott Dixon on Friday 17 January. The works will include a new Junior School, STEM building and Sixth Form Centre, which will all open in 2021.

During the day, Willmott Dixon gave a group of junior and senior pupils a tour of the building site and explained to them what would be happening over the next 18 months, before excited pupils got a chance to have photos in the large digger. Following this, staff including the Headmaster, bursary team and a group of governors were given a tour of the site.

Speaking about the event, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of our college sites since our foundation in Catford, in 1888. I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstans’ education should be ‘ahead of the current time.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state of the art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

Designed by Bond Bryan, the new development will be sited adjacent to the existing historic Headmaster’s house and be connected by a glass atrium. Built over two, three and four storeys, phase one will see demolition of some existing building and the construction of the new Junior School that will provide a stimulating learning environment - with specialist facilities for art, music and performance - whilst providing unrestricted access to age-appropriate sporting facilities across the elevated playing areas and the two Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs).

 

Phase two will see the delivery of the STEM Centre and Sixth Form Centre; these cutting-edge facilities will consolidate STEM subjects into a modern central space. The Hub will also provide university-style learning - including large independent study spaces and social areas and a café. 

Adam Worrall, Director for Willmott Dixon in the London & South said: ‘We are delighted to celebrate this official milestone and see work start on site for this fantastic project. This development will deliver a world-class inspirational learning space that will complement St Dunstan’s teaching for many years to come.’

The College’s Bursar, Mrs Clair Wilkins added: ‘Finally breaking the ground on this monumental project marks the start of an extremely exciting period for the College. Once completed, this beautifully designed building will provide our community with dedicated and specialist spaces for science, technology, engineering and maths as well as a Sixth Form Hub with cafe and university style study spaces. In addition, the long awaited new Junior School will significantly enhance the indoor and outdoor learning environments for our pupils.’

St Dunstan’s College celebrates the European Day of Languages

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to celebrate the European Day of Languages on Thursday 26 September.

In the run-up to the day, assemblies were hosted across the College looking at the theme of communication and how languages help and support it. During the Lower School assembly, pupils discussed British values and how the French Revolution may have influenced these values. 

During the assembly, Year 8 language pupils also put on a performance of the events linked to the French Revolution including a spectacular scene of the decapitation by Guillotine of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

 

During Sixth Form assembly, pupils Michael, Carla and Willow put on a highly emotive and atmospheric version of ‘Le Petit Dejeuner du Matin’ by Jacques Prevert, set to live music in the Great Hall.

St Dunstan’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Nina Crivellari, also spoke to pupils about her love of languages, quoting one of her favourite Chinese proverbs: ‘To learn a language is to have more window from which to view the world.”

Following this, senior pupils hosted a carousel of events for the Junior School. This included a fun French breakfast café, where the younger pupils had to order their breakfast in French. This included tasty croissants, crepes and brioches.  The pupils then moved on to the activity area in the Great Hall, where pupils got the chance to learn more about Spanish Zumba, Swahili culture and classical Indian dancing. There were also workshops on Flamenco fan making and finding the Francophone world.

Speaking about the day, Mrs Crivellari, said: ‘It was a wonderful day, and fantastic to see so many pupils embracing all of the different activities and getting a chance to practice their phrases in another language.’

The Sixth Form at St Dunstan’s College – A celebration of self-discovery and individual spirit

St Dunstan’s College Sixth Form, located in Catford, south London, represents the journey through which each student attains their education maturity, and forms the foundation which so much of their later lives will be built on.

The College celebrates, encourages and bring to fruition the self-discovery and individual spirit of each student, working in partnership to release potential and foster excellent social and intellectual skill sets.

As part of a huge redevelopment of the College site, a new Sixth Form Centre will open in April 2021 transforming the sixth form experience for students joining in September 2021 and beyond. The beautiful new area will include a large café with social and study spaces plus an additional quiet, independent study area overlooking the bright and airy atrium of the new development. Current students have been involved with the design process and the study spaces have been modelled on university style learning environments.

The new development, which is the most significant since the College’s foundation in 1888, will also include a new state-of-the-art STEM centre, which will provide students will access to cutting-edge facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A new Performing Arts Centre will also open housing the Music and Drama Departments. 

Speaking about the new facilities, St Dunstan’s headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of the College site since the very first bricks were laid.

‘I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstan’s education should be ‘ahead of the current time’.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state-of-the-art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

All Sixth Form students embark on the St Dunstan’s Diploma – the defining aspect of Sixth Form life. The exciting programme is designed to inspire, challenge and assist students to fulfil their unique ambitions and potential – no one is left behind.

The Diploma allows the support and pursuit of a vast range of individual interests and goals both within and in addition to the core academic curriculum. Students are required to choose options from each of the following themes: the A Level examined curriculum, the Co-curricular activities and student leadership, and elective courses. Students’ Diploma achievements are celebrated at the end of the year with a graduation ceremony. 

Speaking about the St Dunstan’s Diploma, former student Rachel, who now reads classics at the University of Cambridge explained: ‘The Diploma opens up many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom and allows sixth formers to truly pursue their own interests.’

Life for young people in 2020 can also be exceptionally hard, and St Dunstan’s students are supported by the Sixth Form leadership team and their tutors. The Sixth Form office has an open door policy and staff are always available to listen to concerns, guiding with discretion and sensitivity

St Dunstan’s also has a Wellness Centre, which is the hub the student well-being at the College. All students benefit from a range of support including a comprehensive counselling service, offering both formal and informal sessions with on-site counsellors. Additionally, the College has an in-house Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and therefore many of the staff and senior students are qualified to deliver MHFA.

Many students from the local area and other schools join St Dunstan’s for Sixth Form, and many note the welcoming atmosphere and supportive environment. ‘There’s a real sense of community in the Sixth Form, Year 12 and 13 are like one big family and you always know someone is around to talk to you or offer support if you need it,’ Year 13 student Sam said.

To find out more about St Dunstan’s College Sixth Form, book an upcoming bespoke tour or virtual Q&A by visiting www.stdunstans.org.uk or by calling 020 8516 7200. There are a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer to sixth form students and the admissions team are always happy to talk through the admissions process and application. There are also a variety of videos on the College website about life in the Sixth Form.

The College is also on Twitter (@StDunstansColl) and Instagram (@StDunstansCollege). 

 

The new development, which is the most significant since the College’s foundation in 1888, will also include a new state-of-the-art STEM centre, which will provide students will access to cutting-edge facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A new Performing Arts Centre will also open housing the Music and Drama Departments. 

Speaking about the new facilities, St Dunstan’s headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of the College site since the very first bricks were laid.

‘I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstan’s education should be ‘ahead of the current time’.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state-of-the-art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

All Sixth Form students embark on the St Dunstan’s Diploma – the defining aspect of Sixth Form life. The exciting programme is designed to inspire, challenge and assist students to fulfil their unique ambitions and potential – no one is left behind.

The Diploma allows the support and pursuit of a vast range of individual interests and goals both within and in addition to the core academic curriculum. Students are required to choose options from each of the following themes: the A Level examined curriculum, the Co-curricular activities and student leadership, and elective courses. Students’ Diploma achievements are celebrated at the end of the year with a graduation ceremony. 

Speaking about the St Dunstan’s Diploma, former student Rachel, who now reads classics at the University of Cambridge explained: ‘The Diploma opens up many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom and allows sixth formers to truly pursue their own interests.’

Life for young people in 2020 can also be exceptionally hard, and St Dunstan’s students are supported by the Sixth Form leadership team and their tutors. The Sixth Form office has an open door policy and staff are always available to listen to concerns, guiding with discretion and sensitivity

St Dunstan’s also has a Wellness Centre, which is the hub the student well-being at the College. All students benefit from a range of support including a comprehensive counselling service, offering both formal and informal sessions with on-site counsellors. Additionally, the College has an in-house Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and therefore many of the staff and senior students are qualified to deliver MHFA.

Many students from the local area and other schools join St Dunstan’s for Sixth Form, and many note the welcoming atmosphere and supportive environment. ‘There’s a real sense of community in the Sixth Form, Year 12 and 13 are like one big family and you always know someone is around to talk to you or offer support if you need it,’ Year 13 student Sam said.

To find out more about St Dunstan’s College Sixth Form, book an upcoming bespoke tour or virtual Q&A by visiting www.stdunstans.org.uk or by calling 020 8516 7200. 

 

 
A statement from St Dunstan's College Headmaster
 
A statement from St Dunstan's College Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett, following the Government's announcement on A-Level and GCSE results.
 
 
 
'I am pleased with today’s announcement that Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) will be used to award GCSE and A-level outcomes. This news represents the least worst of all the bad options available and means that an injustice will no longer be served to many young people in this country and in our school. It does, of course, open another can of worms, as there will inevitably be significant discrepancies in the validity of judgements shown between different schools.
 
 
'St Dunstan’s believes in the integrity of its processes in formulating these judgements and is pleased that these strong cohorts of students are able to have their true ability shown in this way. We remain enormously proud of all our Year 13 students and what they have achieved in extraordinary circumstances this year, with the overwhelming majority having made their first-choice university after achieving some excellent results. We look forward to sharing GCSE outcomes with students on Thursday.
 
 
'What we all need to do after this is to move on and continue to focus on the safe and proper reopening of our schools in the middle of a global pandemic.'
 

 

St Dunstan’s College starts production of PPE for the community following the Coronavirus crisis

 

This week, St Dunstan’s College’s design and technology department have started manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the current Coronavirus crisis.

The department, led by Mr James Randall, have been producing the PPE in the College’s workshop using the laser cutter.

Speaking about the production, Mr Randall explained: ‘Community is at the heart of everything we do at St Dunstan’s. This week, we have been making PPE including face masks and visors for the NHS. We have been cutting them out on our laser cutter, and once they’re cut, they are then ready to be sent out to the local community.

‘We know this is a very challenging time for many of our NHS, care and key workers, so we wanted to be able to help in this way, and hopefully the PPE will be able to support those in our community working on the front line.’

The PPE will be distributed locally between University Lewisham Hospital, King’s College Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital and St Christopher’s.

The College will also be donating teddy bears and colouring pencils to the hospitals for any children affected by Coronavirus.

Following the school closure on Friday 20 March, the College donated a selection of food to the Catford Community Soup kitchen in Bromley Road. This included potatoes, apples, eggs, oranges, pineapples and more.

Last month, the College also launched a dedicated area on its website to Coronavirus support. The new area includes updates from the Headmaster, daily tips from both staff and students, mental health support and signposting, and news from its virtual learning. Those visiting the dedicated area will also find NHS and Public Health England guidance and useful resources that can be shared with family and friends.

The new page can be viewed at: https://www.stdunstans.org.uk/coronavirus-support

St Dunstan’s College Junior School awarded Gold from Lewisham Council for improving air quality

 

St Dunstan’s College Junior School has won a Gold Award from Lewisham Council for its commitment to improving air quality.

The award, which is part of TfL’s STARS programme, follows three years of dedicated work by the junior pupils and staff in becoming more sustainable.

Prior to the award, the Junior School has held a variety of events to become more sustainable and raise awareness of the issue. This has included car free days, car sharing days, walk to school week. There has also been environmental after school clubs, dedicated health lessons and topics focused on saving the world and sustainability. 

The award was presented to the Junior School during their weekly assembly by two representatives from Lewisham Council. 

Speaking about the award, Acting Head of Junior School, Miss Laura Whitwood said: ‘The Junior School are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a STARS Air Quality Gold award, having worked towards this accreditation for the last three years. It is a huge achievement and we are thrilled that our hard work to become a more active and sustainably aware school over recent years has been acknowledged and celebrated. 

‘We take pride in looking after our environment and caring for the space around us and sustainability in general is now embedded into our curriculum, co-curriculum and day to day life in school. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.’

She added: ‘We will of course continue to hold our sustainable travel weeks and days, look at new, exciting ways in which we can encourage pupils to think about sustainability, as well as reviewing and updating our curriculum in light of current and up-to-date environmental factors. While achieving the gold accreditation is incredibly satisfying, there will always be more we can do and further improvements we can make.’

STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. The programme also aims to support pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality.

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The Sixth Form at St Dunstan’s College – A celebration of self-discovery and individual spirit

St Dunstan’s College Sixth Form, located in Catford, south London, represents the journey through which each student attains their education maturity, and forms the foundation which so much of their later lives will be built on.

The College celebrates, encourages and bring to fruition the self-discovery and individual spirit of each student, working in partnership to release potential and foster excellent social and intellectual skill sets.

As part of a huge redevelopment of the College site, a new Sixth Form Centre will open in April 2021 transforming the sixth form experience for students joining in September 2021 and beyond. The beautiful new area will include a large café with social and study spaces plus an additional quiet, independent study area overlooking the bright and airy atrium of the new development. Current students have been involved with the design process and the study spaces have been modelled on university style learning environments.

The new development, which is the most significant since the College’s foundation in 1888, will also include a new state-of-the-art STEM centre, which will provide students will access to cutting-edge facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A new Performing Arts Centre will also open housing the Music and Drama Departments. 

Speaking about the new facilities, St Dunstan’s headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of the College site since the very first bricks were laid.

‘I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstan’s education should be ‘ahead of the current time’.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state-of-the-art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

All Sixth Form students embark on the St Dunstan’s Diploma – the defining aspect of Sixth Form life. The exciting programme is designed to inspire, challenge and assist students to fulfil their unique ambitions and potential – no one is left behind.

The Diploma allows the support and pursuit of a vast range of individual interests and goals both within and in addition to the core academic curriculum. Students are required to choose options from each of the following themes: the A Level examined curriculum, the Co-curricular activities and student leadership, and elective courses. Students’ Diploma achievements are celebrated at the end of the year with a graduation ceremony. 

Speaking about the St Dunstan’s Diploma, former student Rachel, who now reads classics at the University of Cambridge explained: ‘The Diploma opens up many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom and allows sixth formers to truly pursue their own interests.’

Life for young people in 2020 can also be exceptionally hard, and St Dunstan’s students are supported by the Sixth Form leadership team and their tutors. The Sixth Form office has an open door policy and staff are always available to listen to concerns, guiding with discretion and sensitivity

St Dunstan’s also has a Wellness Centre, which is the hub the student well-being at the College. All students benefit from a range of support including a comprehensive counselling service, offering both formal and informal sessions with on-site counsellors. Additionally, the College has an in-house Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and therefore many of the staff and senior students are qualified to deliver MHFA.

Many students from the local area and other schools join St Dunstan’s for Sixth Form, and many note the welcoming atmosphere and supportive environment. ‘There’s a real sense of community in the Sixth Form, Year 12 and 13 are like one big family and you always know someone is around to talk to you or offer support if you need it,’ Year 13 student Sam said.

To find out more about St Dunstan’s College Sixth Form, book an upcoming bespoke tour or virtual Q&A by visiting www.stdunstans.org.uk or by calling 020 8516 7200. There are a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer to sixth form students and the admissions team are always happy to talk through the admissions process and application. There are also a variety of videos on the College website about life in the Sixth Form.

The College is also on Twitter (@StDunstansColl) and Instagram (@StDunstansCollege). 

 

The new development, which is the most significant since the College’s foundation in 1888, will also include a new state-of-the-art STEM centre, which will provide students will access to cutting-edge facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A new Performing Arts Centre will also open housing the Music and Drama Departments. 

Speaking about the new facilities, St Dunstan’s headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of the College site since the very first bricks were laid.

‘I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstan’s education should be ‘ahead of the current time’.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state-of-the-art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

All Sixth Form students embark on the St Dunstan’s Diploma – the defining aspect of Sixth Form life. The exciting programme is designed to inspire, challenge and assist students to fulfil their unique ambitions and potential – no one is left behind.

The Diploma allows the support and pursuit of a vast range of individual interests and goals both within and in addition to the core academic curriculum. Students are required to choose options from each of the following themes: the A Level examined curriculum, the Co-curricular activities and student leadership, and elective courses. Students’ Diploma achievements are celebrated at the end of the year with a graduation ceremony. 

Speaking about the St Dunstan’s Diploma, former student Rachel, who now reads classics at the University of Cambridge explained: ‘The Diploma opens up many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom and allows sixth formers to truly pursue their own interests.’

Life for young people in 2020 can also be exceptionally hard, and St Dunstan’s students are supported by the Sixth Form leadership team and their tutors. The Sixth Form office has an open door policy and staff are always available to listen to concerns, guiding with discretion and sensitivity

St Dunstan’s also has a Wellness Centre, which is the hub the student well-being at the College. All students benefit from a range of support including a comprehensive counselling service, offering both formal and informal sessions with on-site counsellors. Additionally, the College has an in-house Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and therefore many of the staff and senior students are qualified to deliver MHFA.

Many students from the local area and other schools join St Dunstan’s for Sixth Form, and many note the welcoming atmosphere and supportive environment. ‘There’s a real sense of community in the Sixth Form, Year 12 and 13 are like one big family and you always know someone is around to talk to you or offer support if you need it,’ Year 13 student Sam said.

To find out more about St Dunstan’s College Sixth Form, book an upcoming bespoke tour or virtual Q&A by visiting www.stdunstans.org.uk or by calling 020 8516 7200. 

 

 
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A statement from St Dunstan's College Headmaster
 
A statement from St Dunstan's College Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett, following the Government's announcement on A-Level and GCSE results.
 
 
 
'I am pleased with today’s announcement that Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) will be used to award GCSE and A-level outcomes. This news represents the least worst of all the bad options available and means that an injustice will no longer be served to many young people in this country and in our school. It does, of course, open another can of worms, as there will inevitably be significant discrepancies in the validity of judgements shown between different schools.
 
 
'St Dunstan’s believes in the integrity of its processes in formulating these judgements and is pleased that these strong cohorts of students are able to have their true ability shown in this way. We remain enormously proud of all our Year 13 students and what they have achieved in extraordinary circumstances this year, with the overwhelming majority having made their first-choice university after achieving some excellent results. We look forward to sharing GCSE outcomes with students on Thursday.
 
 
'What we all need to do after this is to move on and continue to focus on the safe and proper reopening of our schools in the middle of a global pandemic.'
 

 

A LEVEL RESULTS
 
Following the challenges of recent months, St Dunstan’s College awakes this morning with good reason for celebration.
 
Our A Level results are amongst the strongest seen in recent years. We have the highest A* percentage on record, at 20%. Nearly half of all the grades awarded were either A or A* (49%) and 78% of grades were A* - B, both of which represent considerable uplift from last year.
 
The College is also delighted to confirm 20% of the cohort received straight A grades or higher, as well as 100% Oxbridge success and all three of our talented young artists achieving their first-choice Art Foundation Course.
 
At the time of writing, 78% of applicants have made it onto their first-choice higher education course, and we expect this to increase as the morning unfolds.
 
 
Speaking about today’s A Level results, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett explained: ‘We have good reason for celebration this morning, with our A Level results amongst the strongest in recent years.
 
‘Yet, any sense of celebration this year must be tempered by both the disappointment that these students were not able to prove themselves in final examinations, and the reality that, in certain subject areas, exam boards decided to downgrade our Centre Assessment Grades. This downgrading has significantly disadvantaged certain departments and certain students. It is an injustice.
 
‘Our processes for finalising these grades were extraordinarily robust. Teachers spent many hours reviewing the plethora of internal data available to us to present the most accurate information possible on each and every student. And yet in some cases this was seemingly and arbitrarily ignored. We know the ability of these students and we believe we are more able to take a view on their likely outcomes than an Ofqual algorithm. For those students who have been affected in this way, we will now be doing everything in our power to support them through the next steps, as that hopefully becomes clearer in the coming days and weeks, and our thoughts are with them today.
 
‘And so I greet today with mixed emotions. Celebration and pride is marred by disappointment that an imperfect system has served mixed blessings to our school. Whilst the results are strong, had our professional judgement been fully trusted, they could have been even better, and some of our young people wouldn’t have been served an injustice today.’
 

 

St Dunstan’s College starts production of PPE for the community following the Coronavirus crisis

 

This week, St Dunstan’s College’s design and technology department have started manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the current Coronavirus crisis.

The department, led by Mr James Randall, have been producing the PPE in the College’s workshop using the laser cutter.

Speaking about the production, Mr Randall explained: ‘Community is at the heart of everything we do at St Dunstan’s. This week, we have been making PPE including face masks and visors for the NHS. We have been cutting them out on our laser cutter, and once they’re cut, they are then ready to be sent out to the local community.

‘We know this is a very challenging time for many of our NHS, care and key workers, so we wanted to be able to help in this way, and hopefully the PPE will be able to support those in our community working on the front line.’

The PPE will be distributed locally between University Lewisham Hospital, King’s College Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital and St Christopher’s.

The College will also be donating teddy bears and colouring pencils to the hospitals for any children affected by Coronavirus.

Following the school closure on Friday 20 March, the College donated a selection of food to the Catford Community Soup kitchen in Bromley Road. This included potatoes, apples, eggs, oranges, pineapples and more.

Last month, the College also launched a dedicated area on its website to Coronavirus support. The new area includes updates from the Headmaster, daily tips from both staff and students, mental health support and signposting, and news from its virtual learning. Those visiting the dedicated area will also find NHS and Public Health England guidance and useful resources that can be shared with family and friends.

The new page can be viewed at: https://www.stdunstans.org.uk/coronavirus-support

St Dunstan’s College and Willmott Dixon mark the start of new development with ground breaking event

 

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to officially mark the start of the new development by ‘breaking the ground’ with Willmott Dixon on Friday 17 January. The works will include a new Junior School, STEM building and Sixth Form Centre, which will all open in 2021.

During the day, Willmott Dixon gave a group of junior and senior pupils a tour of the building site and explained to them what would be happening over the next 18 months, before excited pupils got a chance to have photos in the large digger. Following this, staff including the Headmaster, bursary team and a group of governors were given a tour of the site.

Speaking about the event, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of our college sites since our foundation in Catford, in 1888. I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstans’ education should be ‘ahead of the current time.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state of the art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

Designed by Bond Bryan, the new development will be sited adjacent to the existing historic Headmaster’s house and be connected by a glass atrium. Built over two, three and four storeys, phase one will see demolition of some existing building and the construction of the new Junior School that will provide a stimulating learning environment - with specialist facilities for art, music and performance - whilst providing unrestricted access to age-appropriate sporting facilities across the elevated playing areas and the two Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs).

 

Phase two will see the delivery of the STEM Centre and Sixth Form Centre; these cutting-edge facilities will consolidate STEM subjects into a modern central space. The Hub will also provide university-style learning - including large independent study spaces and social areas and a café. 

Adam Worrall, Director for Willmott Dixon in the London & South said: ‘We are delighted to celebrate this official milestone and see work start on site for this fantastic project. This development will deliver a world-class inspirational learning space that will complement St Dunstan’s teaching for many years to come.’

The College’s Bursar, Mrs Clair Wilkins added: ‘Finally breaking the ground on this monumental project marks the start of an extremely exciting period for the College. Once completed, this beautifully designed building will provide our community with dedicated and specialist spaces for science, technology, engineering and maths as well as a Sixth Form Hub with cafe and university style study spaces. In addition, the long awaited new Junior School will significantly enhance the indoor and outdoor learning environments for our pupils.’

St Dunstan’s College Junior School awarded Gold from Lewisham Council for improving air quality

 

St Dunstan’s College Junior School has won a Gold Award from Lewisham Council for its commitment to improving air quality.

The award, which is part of TfL’s STARS programme, follows three years of dedicated work by the junior pupils and staff in becoming more sustainable.

Prior to the award, the Junior School has held a variety of events to become more sustainable and raise awareness of the issue. This has included car free days, car sharing days, walk to school week. There has also been environmental after school clubs, dedicated health lessons and topics focused on saving the world and sustainability. 

The award was presented to the Junior School during their weekly assembly by two representatives from Lewisham Council. 

Speaking about the award, Acting Head of Junior School, Miss Laura Whitwood said: ‘The Junior School are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a STARS Air Quality Gold award, having worked towards this accreditation for the last three years. It is a huge achievement and we are thrilled that our hard work to become a more active and sustainably aware school over recent years has been acknowledged and celebrated. 

‘We take pride in looking after our environment and caring for the space around us and sustainability in general is now embedded into our curriculum, co-curriculum and day to day life in school. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.’

She added: ‘We will of course continue to hold our sustainable travel weeks and days, look at new, exciting ways in which we can encourage pupils to think about sustainability, as well as reviewing and updating our curriculum in light of current and up-to-date environmental factors. While achieving the gold accreditation is incredibly satisfying, there will always be more we can do and further improvements we can make.’

STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. The programme also aims to support pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality.

St Dunstan’s College celebrates the European Day of Languages

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to celebrate the European Day of Languages on Thursday 26 September.

In the run-up to the day, assemblies were hosted across the College looking at the theme of communication and how languages help and support it. During the Lower School assembly, pupils discussed British values and how the French Revolution may have influenced these values. 

During the assembly, Year 8 language pupils also put on a performance of the events linked to the French Revolution including a spectacular scene of the decapitation by Guillotine of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

 

During Sixth Form assembly, pupils Michael, Carla and Willow put on a highly emotive and atmospheric version of ‘Le Petit Dejeuner du Matin’ by Jacques Prevert, set to live music in the Great Hall.

St Dunstan’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Nina Crivellari, also spoke to pupils about her love of languages, quoting one of her favourite Chinese proverbs: ‘To learn a language is to have more window from which to view the world.”

Following this, senior pupils hosted a carousel of events for the Junior School. This included a fun French breakfast café, where the younger pupils had to order their breakfast in French. This included tasty croissants, crepes and brioches.  The pupils then moved on to the activity area in the Great Hall, where pupils got the chance to learn more about Spanish Zumba, Swahili culture and classical Indian dancing. There were also workshops on Flamenco fan making and finding the Francophone world.

Speaking about the day, Mrs Crivellari, said: ‘It was a wonderful day, and fantastic to see so many pupils embracing all of the different activities and getting a chance to practice their phrases in another language.’