Our Senior School consists of Years 7 - 13 (ages 12 - 18). Students in Year 7 to Year 9 (Middle School) follow the National Curriculum of England modified for our international context, before following I/GCSE in Year 10 and Year 11. In Year 12 and 13 students at Dulwich International High Schools follow A-levels while students at Dulwich College International Schools follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
Our aim in Senior School is to develop confident, thoughtful, outward-looking young people through delivering an academic programme that allows both breadth and depth in learning while providing opportunities for our students to excel in sports and performing arts at the highest levels. We also encourage our students to take part in service projects and join community groups, with our students' learning supplemented by university counselling.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an academically rigorous, internationally recognised programme that provides opportunity for collaboration and student-led, in-depth research into areas of interest. Our IB faculty are deeply experienced in their respective subjects, but more importantly they go above and beyond to provide personalised, real-time feedback to students. See our academic results here.
The A-level is an internationally recognised subject-based qualification that offers students deep academic exploration of their chosen areas of interest. Students who take A-levels with take the compulsory subject of English, and choose four Advanced Subsidiary (AS) subjects in Year 12, with students usually choosing their best three to continue into Year 13. A-Level courses offered include art and design, biology, chemistry, economics, geography, history, mathematics, further mathematics, music and physics. See our academic results here.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths
We equip our students not only with the knowledge, skills and mindsets to excel in the areas of STEAM, but also put a focus on entrepreneurship and 21st century skills through our SE21 hubs and programme. The first wave of SE21 hubs in three DCI schools provide spaces for pitching ideas, phase one robotics, coding, CAD/CAM, graphic design, film, digital, and virtual reality - spaces where students engage in entrepreneurship and real-world problem solving, pulling in elements of engineering, filmmaking and project-based learning.
SE21 frames the Dulwich vision for 21st century education, representing more than simply activities, programmes or spaces but rather establishing a transformative learning culture that anticipates future landscapes beyond university and allows students to develop skills and dispositions to successfully engage them. Read more about SE21 here.
Our students' wellbeing is a priority in Senior School. We recognise that, as educators, we play an essential role in ensuring that our students develop the skills and mindset to thrive in life beyond school to fulfil their potential as individuals with multifaceted and balanced lives. Wellbeing is taught as part of the Senior School curriculum and supplemented through CCAs and numerous other programmes. Through these we aim to empower our Senior School students to take ownership of their own wellbeing and understand their role in the wellbeing of others.
Senior School students have numerous formal and informal opportunities for service learning and building their leadership skills. In this way, they develop a strong sense of identity, an understanding of their place in the world, and the desire and confidence to make an impact on the community. There are many CCAs designed around service whilst our Senior School Prefect programme plays a key role in empowering students to have their voices heard and impact every aspect of the College.
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