St Dunstan's College

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St Dunstan's College
St Dunstan's College, 2008.jpg
Motto Albam Exorna
("Adorn the white")
Established 15th century
Refounded in 1888
Type Independent day school
Headmaster Nicholas Hewlett
Chairman of Governors Sir Paul Judge
Founder King Henry VI
Location London
Coordinates: 51°28′30″N 0°01′40″W / 51.4749°N 0.0277°W / 51.4749; -0.0277
Local authority Lewisham
DfE number 209/6032
Staff 90
Students 800
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3–18
Houses 4
Colours Maroon & Royal Blue
Former pupils Old Dunstonians
Website St Dunstan's College

St Dunstan's College is a co-educational independent school in Catford, London, England. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, and was an all-boys establishment until 1994. Located on an urban site in Lewisham, many additions have been made to the original Victorian building complex, including a large glass-walled dining hall utilising a hyperbolic paraboloid roof requiring no internal supports,[1] the prototype for a similar structure in the city of Calgary in Alberta in Western Canada. Sports facilities include a sports hall complex, swimming pool, tennis courts, and extensive playing fields for such an urban location. The pre-prep and prep schools are in separate buildings on the same site, one of which was formerly the residence of a previous Headmaster.

The school consistently achieves above average examination results at all levels.[2] The International Baccalaureate has been offered as an alternative to AS and A-levels since 2005.

A wide range of subjects are offered, with drama and economics indicated as being strong in the most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report. A large number of sports and games are played, and some pupils have played at an international level. Extracurricular activities include a CCF contingent, musical ensembles, and commitments by pupils to local community schemes.


Houses are named after previous headmasters. Usherwood (Yellow), Forder (Red), Stuart (Blue) and Hecker (Green). Previously the houses had been named after eight former pupils who died in the First World War: Bennett (pink), Goosey (dark blue), Griffiths (green), Johnson (purple), Lane (white), Ross (yellow), Thomas (red) and Wilson (light blue).


St Dunstan's College was originally founded in the 15th century in the Parish of St Dunstan-in-the-East, now part of the Tower Ward in the City of London.

In 1446 King Henry VI declared the parish school to be one of the efficient schools of the city.[3] The school was re-founded in 1888 on a green field site in Catford in the Parish of Lewisham but still maintains strong links with the City of London and the Parish of St Dunstan-in-the-East.

Notable Old Dunstonians[edit]


  1. ^ Cherry,B and Pevsner,N "London 2: South: The Buildings of England",Yale University,1983,pp418
  2. ^ "BBC News, School league tables 2004, St Dunstan's College". BBC News. 2004-11-02. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  3. ^ St Dunstan's College - About Us - Aims & History
  4. ^ ‘JUDGE, Sir Paul (Rupert)’, in Who's Who 2012 (London: A. & C. Black, 2012), online page (subscription required), accessed 5 June 2012

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