Dulwich College Beijing is a dynamic, modern school which draws on the 400 year history of Dulwich College London. We are a British International School with over 45 nationalities. We focus on academic excellence, commitment to our wider community, sporting success and the highest of standards in music, art and drama. Our sportsmen, musicians, actors, artists and debaters have access to wonderful amenities to facilitate this pursuit. It is my privilege to lead such a school, situated in the capital city of the fastest-growing economy in the world.
It is easy to quantify the success of a school with examination results and university places. Such measures are important, and ranked in this way we are certainly very successful. Our students are lively, independent thinkers who consistently excel, and many of them are now furthering their education at the most prestigious universities around the world. However, this provides only a limited way of exploring what it means to be at the Senior School at Dulwich.
Pastoral care is at the heart of all we do, and students are supported by an excellent and committed staff. Every student belongs to a House, which is the basis of the system of guidance and welfare that enables us to take personal care of each student. We encourage our students to make the most of the international context in order to embrace other cultures and develop lifelong friendships. Each child has a mentor from an older year group and our strong links to the community beyond the school gates mean that our students maintain a broad and compassionate outlook.
Last year we were delighted to be named British International School of the Year at the Independent Schools Awards. On my first visit to the school, with its welcoming and purposeful atmosphere, dedicated staff and friendly children, I understood why the school received this accolade. I hope that you too will find the time to visit us and to discover at first-hand what makes Dulwich College Beijing Senior School so special.
Key Stage 5 covers Years 12 and 13, where our curriculum follows the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The IBDP is a demanding two-year course that meets the needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world. Students study 6 subjects in total, three at Standard Level, and three at Higher Level. They also study a course in Theory of Knowledge (TOK), devote time to Creative, Action, Service (CAS) opportunities and write an Extended Essay.
The 6 subjects are grouped by discipline. Students choose one subject from each group. In Group 1, students study English Literature, or Literature in their own First Language (by arrangement). In Group 2, students study one of Chinese, Spanish or French, each at a choice of levels. In Group 3, students study one of Business and Management, Economics, Geography or History. In Group 4 one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Design Technology. In Group 5 everyone studies Mathematics, at a choice of levels. In Group 6, students can choose an additional subject from groups 2-5, or choose Theatre Arts, Visual Arts or Music. Full details of these subjects can be found in the Curriculum Guide.
Out of our full-time teaching staff, we have 21 professionals that are experienced and qualified IB Diploma Teachers and Examiners. They cover 13 subjects that are offered through our IB Programme.
All of our students are assigned to a House throughout their time at Dulwich. There are 5 Houses, Alleyn, Soong, Johnson, Owens and Wodehouse. Each student will tell you that their house is the best! This forms the basis of our personalised guidance and welfare system for every student. Every individual is part of a Form Group, led by a Tutor who sees them every day. The Tutor is the first point of contact in the crucial relationship between home and school.
We go out of our way to enrich the learning of students, and one of the key ways we do this is with technology. Students in Key Stage 5 are expected to bring their own laptop to school every day, and technology is integrated into every day learning, to enable students to use a variety of tools, media and resources to enhance their learning. As students have been using their own laptops since Year 8, they are well prepared to manage this learning device. Our Virtual Learning Environment, Studywiz enables us to take this further. Parents as well as students are all supplied with their own unique login and password to access this important tool, enabling us to develop still further the partnership between home and school.
98% of students gained 8 (I)GCSEs or more
93% of grades were A* - B
69% of awards gained were A* - A
100% of students passed English Language, Mathematics and Science
Top Student Guillaume Dideron who achieved 9A* and 2 A grades
The Best in the World!
We are delighted to announce that five of our students have received an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award. These awards celebrate the academic achievements of secondary school learners in the November 2011 and June 2012 Cambridge examination series. For the first time, Dulwich College Beijing students have received four top in the world awards for achieving the highest marks in the world in (I)GCSE Foreign Language Mandarin Chinese. Matilde Xiao, Samuel Tang, Kevin Li and Rebecca Zhu are all to be congratulated for this fantastic achievement. Congratulations also to Livia Boer who has received an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for gaining the highest mark in China in (I)GCSE First Language German. The results are a reflection of the enormous talent not only of our students but also our teachers.
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