Senior Open Morning

FRIDAY 24TH May

Please join us for our Senior School Open Morning on Friday 24th May 2024, 9am-11.30am

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World Book Day

Posted on: March 11th, 2024 by SCollens@dulwichcranbrook.org

Wellbeing Week

Posted on: January 22nd, 2024 by SCollens@dulwichcranbrook.org

Little Explorers

Posted on: December 19th, 2023 by SCollens@dulwichcranbrook.org

Our Little Explorers sessions will be held every Tuesday 10:00 – 11:15am during term time in Nash House Hall. Our first session of the Spring Term will be on Tuesday 9th January 2024.

Coursehorn Building Opening

Posted on: October 18th, 2023 by SCollens@dulwichcranbrook.org

Guests were greeted with drinks and canapés on arrival before looking around the impressive facilities. Our newly appointed Head Sophie Bradshaw introduced guest speaker and Dulwich alumnus, Tom Ransley MBE; sharing anecdotes of his time at the school, before Tom spoke about his life after Dulwich as a Team GB Olympic rower, keynote speaker and freelance editor of Row 360. His amusing account of winning Gold at Rio in 2016, coupled with stories of eccentric teachers and sage insights for students navigating the next step in their education, was well received.

The senior school building was buzzing with activity as Heads of Department and students showcased Dulwich’s forward-thinking nature through a range of practical demonstrations and interactive projects. An immersive archive museum displayed Dulwich throughout the ages, with artefacts and memorabilia dating back to the school’s inception in 1939. The school Greenpower Team presented the chassis of their electric car, while the Art Department encouraged guests to create their own clay tiles as a reminder of their visit. A Rubik’s cube speed showcase engaged students and adults alike, and budding scientists experimented with diffusion jelly cubes and microscopy.

The day culminated with an alumni panel event hosted by the Head, discussing the school ethos of leaning into one’s strengths and preparing students for the world of work. The panel consisted of guest speaker Tom Ransley (1991-2000), charterer Kristina Chapple (1989-1998), climate tech entrepreneur Ben Bardsley (1992-1999) and editor of the Wealden Times, Lucy Fleming (1989-1998); all of whom shared their fond memories of Dulwich and provided unique perspectives on the purpose of education. Tom Ransley touched upon the concept of ‘failing well’ as a gateway to learning and honing in on one’s individual talents, a value Dulwich excels in promoting.

A history of Changemakers

Posted on: September 3rd, 2023 by dscAdmin

So to celebrate that history, we’ve developed a new look and feel that really embraces our culture and allows our changemakers to take centre stage.

You’ll notice our participating children’s wonderful portraits on our new website, in our literature and even on advertising posters in the local area and press ads too (coming soon).

We’d like to thank the whole team at Dulwich Cranbrook, our parents and pupils for their input and encouragement throughout the consultation and creative stage, and we’d love to hear your thoughts and comments too.

 

Flying lessons to be added to PSHE?

Posted on: July 26th, 2023 by dscAdmin

However, there is one change which appears less positive. Our state and independent senior schools have increased in size in a way that most primary and prep schools have not. Since 1950, there has been little upward movement in the size of our primary schools, while our senior schools have tripled in size. And yet, we do not seem to have asked ourselves, as educators or as parents, if that is what’s best for our teens?

This huge increase has been driven by economies of scale, rather than seeking the optimum environment for our teenagers. What is the evidence that our teenagers are thriving in their enormous schools? Or that they are better equipped than their younger siblings to handle a larger social group than most adults would ever contend with?

In the last decade, on top of navigating social situations in year groups of hundreds, our teenagers have been grappling with more complex social relations. They are bombarded by social media and are less sure than ever of where ‘they fit’. Little wonder then, that there is a well-documented decline in the happiness of our teens. Mental Health Foundation CEO Mark Rowland said: “Our survey highlights just how vulnerable young people are to mental health problems. It shows how much pressure young people are feeling to be a success. The pressure to conform to an ideal body image is also intense. Moreover, it is shocking how many young people have self- harmed or had suicidal thoughts due to stress.”

The response from our institutions and government is to continually increase the amount of time we ‘teach’ teenagers about stress, anxiety, and mental health. But it appears this approach is not working. In fact, there is strong evidence that for some mental health issues, there is an element of social contagion. A worrying example of this is the explosion of teenage girls presenting to GPs with tics, having spent time viewing influencers explaining their own tics.

I can’t help asking myself – would a better strategy be to rethink the teenage experience, in order to reduce the negative external factors in the first place? Can we make the teenage experience less stressful, less negative, less complex? After all, if we had an epidemic of teenagers unable to reach classrooms due to buildings with no lifts or stairs – would we adjust the building design, or insist PSHE includes flying lessons?