Dulwich might sound a strange name for a school in Kent. But we’re not afraid to do things differently and stand out from the crowd. After all, we’ve been doing it since 1938.

In the autumn of 1938, John Leakey – the Headmaster of Dulwich College Prep in London – was preparing plans for an emergency evacuation.

Initially, his camp consisted of just six wooden huts, a few bell tents, and a marquee, assembled in the orchard at Coursehorn, on land owned by Leakey’s father-in-law. On 1st September 1939, just one year later, the first train set off from West Dulwich carrying 135 schoolboys, aged 5-13, to Cranbrook.

With the help of some parents, the camp at Coursehorn in Cranbrook began to grow, as lorry after lorry arrived carrying desks, books, beds, and the odd piano.

Soon after, electricity and a tannoy system were installed, and the camp began to resemble a school.

By 1940, the large Oast House had even been converted into a recreation room, where the boys could play billiards and ping pong when they were not at study.