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The Charter School

East Dulwich

About us

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. 

Opened in September 2016, we are one of the most oversubscribed new schools in the country.  Our founding cohort of students has now successfully completed their GCSEs and as we celebrate their excellent achievement, we welcome our first cohort of Year 12 students into our new Sixth Form provision from September 2021. 

As part of The Charter Schools Educational Trust, we are founded on the conviction that excellent education transforms lives and strengthens the diverse communities that we serve. 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. 

We teach our students to be curious, creative, courageous and caring. They will be happy in themselves, excited about their future and ambitious for success. They will leave us with the knowledge, understanding, and character traits that enable them to play a full and productive part in our modern, democratic society. Our specialist staff support students in seeking and securing opportunities that enable an exciting and successful continued personal learning journey, in further education or work. 

Excellence requires hard work, and we have high expectations of all our students. We expect them to engage with powerful knowledge about the academic, physical and cultural world. Exemplary personal conduct is at the heart of our students’ development, and we expect them to build on this by contributing actively and generously to their community, having a positive impact on others. We expect them to commit to developing their individual aptitudes both inside and outside the classroom, participating enthusiastically in the extra-curricular life of the school, through additional sports and specialist clubs and societies. 

In return, we provide high quality teaching based on academic excellence and an innovative but rigorous approach so that all students have the chance to perform above and beyond and where no child is left behind. Our staff work tirelessly to provide students with the support, expertise and encouragement needed in order to achieve their goals. 

We both feel proud and fortunate to be the Executive Headteacher and Head of School respectively, and we want to thank our parents and students for their continued trust and support of the development of the school. We and our team look forward to working with you to ensure the very best possible provision for your child’s education. 

Alison Harbottle, BSc Hons