Alison Harbottle, headteacher at the Charter School East Dulwich sits with a group of students

Headteacher's welcome

A place to belong

Welcome to The Charter School East Dulwich. We are an inclusive, dynamic and academically rigorous secondary school serving the vibrant communities of East Dulwich and South Camberwell.

Founded in 2016, we are proud to be one of the most oversubscribed new schools in the country. Our founding students have set a high standard, excelling in their GCSEs and A Levels, achieving results well above the national average.

As a part of The Charter Schools Educational Trust, we firmly believe that excellent education transforms lives and strengthens the diverse communities we serve. At The Charter School East Dulwich, we foster curiosity, hard work, care, and integrity in our students. Our goal is to celebrate our diverse community, educating our students to thrive and confidently shape their futures with a love of learning, excellent qualifications and strength of character. We are a school at the heart of our community, where families are important and all voices matter. Relationships are built on the foundations of compassion, equality and mutual respect, so that students, families and staff are valued and free to excel.

Our dedicated specialist staff support students in seeking and securing opportunities for continued personal learning, whether in further education or in the workforce. Exemplary personal conduct is central to our students' development, and we expect them to actively contribute to their community, positively impacting those around them.

A student playing drums during a music lesson at The Charter School East Dulwich
A student leaning over their book writing during a lesson
A student playing the guitar during a music lesson at The Charter School East Dulwich
A student playing cricket at The Charter School East Dulwich
A sixth form student looks forward during a lesson at The Charter School East Dulwich

We Are Curious
We Work Hard
We Care
We Act with Integrity

We encourage all students to develop their individual aptitudes both inside and outside the classroom, participating enthusiastically in the extra-curricular life of the school through sports, clubs, and trips. In return, we offer high-quality teaching based on academic excellence and an innovative yet rigorous approach, ensuring that every student has the chance to excel and that no child is left behind. Our staff work tirelessly to provide the support, expertise, and encouragement needed for students to achieve their goals.

As the Headteacher, I am proud and fortunate to lead this excellent school. I extend my heartfelt thanks to our parents and students for their continued trust and support in our school's development. I look forward to working with you and our school community to provide the best possible education for your child.

Welcome to The Charter School East Dulwich family!


Alison Harbottle


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interior stairs in the main building at The Charter School East Dulwich showing the word curious on the wall

"This is a highly inclusive school that provides an exceptional education for the pupils.'

Ofsted 2024