Grow with Us

We are expanding

You are invited to be part of this exciting new phase for Dulwich Prep Cranbrook - the launch of our Senior School.

From September 2023, we are expanding the school to include Years 9, 10 and 11, offering an academically ambitious, co-educational day school from Nursery through to GCSE. The Senior School will provide the opportunity to study a wide range of GCSEs, supported by exceptional pastoral care and a real focus on the individual.

The first cohort will progress into Year 9 in September 2023; they will move through the school to be our first Year 11 students, taking GCSE examinations in the Summer of 2026.

Building for 21st Century Students

We are investing in our future. This progressive new chapter has become a reality thanks to investment from the Dulwich Preparatory Schools Trust, which oversees the education of students across Dulwich Prep Cranbrook and Dulwich Prep London. The significant investment in the school's future reflects confidence in the quality of education on offer and a recognition of the ability to develop the Dulwich Prep Cranbrook estate further.

With the Trust's support, we will be transforming our buildings into an inspirational space for older students, built around 21st century students' needs. We will also be recruiting a Head of Senior School, in addition to further talented teaching staff, in order to deliver a rigorous, broad and exciting GCSE curriculum model.

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Senior Breakout Space
Lecture Theatre
Social Cafe Space
Senior Breakout Space
Lecture Theatre

Headmaster's Welcome

I am thrilled to be leading our community through an exciting new phase for Dulwich Prep Cranbrook.

The launch of the Senior School is driven by demand from our parents. They have recognised our ability to expand in order to provide an academically ambitious local and co-educational independent day school, which offers both curriculum depth and breadth.

Children are growing up in a world where the use of, and reliance on, technology is developing at an astonishing rate. It is highly likely that when our children grow up, they will be doing jobs that don't yet exist, working with technologies yet to be created, and looking to solve problems that are yet to be anticipated. The future is exciting.

We want our students to feel this excitement about their future, to be able to embrace the wealth of opportunity change brings, and to thrive in an emerging world. Our strong, supporting and caring ethos enables our students to take risks - to get out of their comfort zone, challenge themselves and to try new things.

Children go deeper and further with a subject they love. The happier and more engaged they are, the more they will achieve. It is our aim for every student to have the opportunity to access a broad GCSE curriculum, so that they can marry their passion and talent, in order to discover their element.

You are warmly invited to visit us and I look forward to discussing the opportunities our Senior School holds for your child.

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Senior Space

The school will undergo development of its buildings to create a state-of-the-art senior building, incorporating a lecture theatre, remodelled classrooms, break-out study areas and social spaces. A student café will sit at the heart of the facility, providing our older students with their own indoor and outdoor areas in which to relax between lessons.

Students will have the flexibility of remaining in school until 8.00 pm every evening, with access to tutors to support academic achievement.

The development will take place across the following two phases. Students will remain in dedicated form rooms whilst this two-stage development takes place:

Phase One: March 2023 - September 2023

Phase Two: March 2024 - September 2024

Curriculum

We seek to nurture lifelong learners, equipped with the skills that underpin academic excellence. All students will enjoy an immersive and dynamic curriculum designed to accelerate the development of key skills - from creative problem solving and leadership through to critical thinking and independent research.

We believe informed choice, flexibility and individuality are key ingredients in delivering academic performance. All students will be required to take the GCSEs in the subjects we consider to be the bedrock of a rigorous education: English Language and Literature, Maths and two or three Sciences (Physics, Biology and Chemistry).

Beyond this, we are not going to be overly prescriptive about which GCSEs our students take and will offer genuine choice. In addition to the core academic subjects, we will offer Art (Fine Art, Textiles and Ceramics), Design & Technology, Music, Drama, Dance, Computing, PE, Latin, French, Spanish, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics and Further Maths. Students will never have to choose between two subjects they love, instead having the freedom to study both.

Our Senior School students will also benefit from an extended opportunity to explore GCSE options before making their final choices.

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Co-curriculum

We will offer additional opportunities for both breadth and depth through our co-curricular programme, which is being developed to nurture confident, enthusiastic and compassionate people, who make a difference.

Our highly individualised co-curricular programme will enable students to select a cross-section of activities from key themes, for example academic enrichment, leadership and community, talent mastery, personal development and life skills.

Students will also be given the chance to explore a range of individual sporting opportunities such as sailing, windsurfing, rowing, climbing, cycling and triathlon, in addition to sports such as tennis and badminton.

Admissions

Open Events

Saturday 25th June, 9.00 am - 12.00 pm: Summer Celebration

We would like to invite you and your family to our Summer Celebration on Saturday 25th June from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.  Across the whole school there will be musical performances, drama groups, art exhibitions, and refreshments served throughout the morning in the Dining Room.  Your family and friends are very welcome to visit, participate in activities and look around the school.  It’s a wonderful atmosphere.

If you would like to come, we will send you a programme of events in advance of the day.  We can also arrange for you to have a tour of Upper School, guided by some of our senior pupils.  Please email admissions@dulwichprepcranbrook.org to book your place.

Governors' Award Scheme

As part of our expansion to GCSE, we are delighted to launch the Governors' Award Scheme

The Scheme will focus on helping those who can substantially contribute to, and benefit from, what we have to offer, but who would not be able to attend Dulwich without financial support.

From September 2022, Governors' Awards are available to children currently in Years 6 or 7 who show outstanding academic potential, with consideration also given to strength in Computing, Design & Technology, Music, Sport and/or the Creative Arts.

The awards will be means-tested, and funds will be allocated according to financial need.

To apply for a Governor's Award, please email Georgie and Clare at admissions@dulwichprepcranbrook.org

Scholarship Programme and Application Forms

The scholarship application window is now open for internal and external applicants, seeking Year 7 and Year 8 entry in September 2022 for progression into the Senior School. The experience day for entry in September 2022 is 10th June 2022.

The value of a scholarship award is a 10% reduction in fees. For those wishing to pursue a scholarship, please download and complete the General Application Form and the subject specialism Application Form.

Please click here to download the Scholarship Programme.

Application Form General - This form must be completed by all applicants

Application Form Academic

Application Form Art

Application Form Computer Science

Application Form Design Technology

Application Form Drama

Application Form Music

Application Form Sport

The window for scholarship applications for entry into Years 7, 8 and 9 in September 2023 will open between 7th November and 2nd December 2022, with assessments taking place early in the Spring Term 2023.

Experience Day

On 10th June 2022, we will be running an Experience Day for all Scholarship applicants for Year 7 and Year 8 entry in September 2022. As part of the day, applicants will be asked to sit academic assessments in the morning, alongside time in the afternoon with the Head of Department in their preferred subject area.

Questions

For all other admissions queries, please contact Georgie Labram and Clare Holson at admissions@dulwichprepcranbrook.org or call on 01580 712179.

We would be delighted to chat through the process with you and answer any questions you may have.

News & Events

Follow all the latest developments as our new senior school takes shape from day to day.

Dulwich WowFest 2022

24 May 2022