There is a high concentration of sought-after state & independent schools in Dulwich and the surrounding area.
Note: On the map above, hover over a pin to see a school name, and click to see their address.
Independent Senior Schools
Many of these Senior Independent Schools also have a Pre-Prep and Prep intake.
Alleyn’s School is a co-educational, selective, independent Day School. The school was founded in 1619.
Entry to the Junior School at the ages of 4+ & 7+, and to the Senior School at 11+, 13+ & 16+. Their address is Townley Road, Dulwich, London, SE22 8SU and phone number is 020 8557 1500.
Dulwich College is an academically selective, independent Day and Boarding School for Boys. The school was founded in 1619 by Edward Alleyn.
Entry is at age 7, 9 and 12. Boys are admitted to the College as day boys from the age of 7. In addition, full or weekly boarding is available from Year 7 (age 11+). Their address is Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7LD and phone number is 020 8693 3601.
James Allen’s Girls School (JAGS) is an independent, academically selective day school for girls aged between 11-18. Founded by a Master of Dulwich College, James Allen in 1741, JAGS is the oldest girls’ independent school in London. Their address is 144 East Dulwich Grove, London, SE22 8TE and phone number is 0208 693 1181.
Streatham & Clapham High School for Girls, founded in 1887, is an independent, academically selective school for girls aged 3–18. The school is part of the Girls Day School Trust (GDST), the leading network of independent girls’ schools in the UK.
The Senior School is at 42 Abbotswood Road SW16 1AW on 0208 677 8400. The Nursery & Junior School is on Wavertree Road, SW2 3SR on 0208 674 6912.
St Dunstan’s College is a co-educational independent school in Catford, South London for children aged 3 to 18 years. They are at Stanstead Road SE6 4TY on 020 8516 7200.
Sydenham High & Junior School is an independent day school for girls aged 4-18. Sydenham High School was founded by the national Girls’ Day School Trust in 1887. The school is has intakes at Reception, Year 3 and Year 7. They are at 18 Westwood Hill, Sydenham SE26 6BL and on 020 8557 7000.
Independent Pre-Prep & Prep
These schools are Pre-prep and/or Prep are therefore geared to preparing pupils for entry to independent senior schools.
Please note that many of the Independent Senior schools (see above) also have intakes at pre-prep or prep level.
DUCKS Kindergarten & Infants’ School is an independent Kindergarten (6 months to 3 years) & Infants’ (3 to 7 years) School for boys and girls. They are at 87 College Road, London, SE21 7HH on 020 8693 1538.
Dulwich Prep London, established in 1885, is an academically selective day and boarding school for girls & boys aged 3 to 5, and boys-only from 5 to 13 years. They are at 8 Gallery Road SE21 7AB on 020 8766 5531. Years 1 to 8 are at 41 Alleyn Park SE21 7AA on 020 8766 5500.
Herne Hill School is one of the largest co-educational, independent pre-school and pre-prep schools in the UK focusing on 3-7 year olds (Nursery – Year 2). It is one of the largest feeder schools for the foundation Dulwich Schools. They are at The Old Vicarage, 127 Herne Hill SE24 9LY and on 020 7274 6336.
James Allen’s Pre-Preparatory School (JAPPS) is an independent Pre-Prep School for Girls Aged 4-7 at 2 Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AL on 020 8693 3465.
James Allen’s Preparatory School (JAPS) is an independent Prep School for Girls Aged 7-11 at 144 East Dulwich Grove, London, SE22 8TE on 020 8693 0374.
Oakfield Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational Nursery, Pre Prep & Prep School and is part of the CfBT Education Trust family of schools. They are at 126-128 Thurlow Park Road SE21 8HP on 0208 670 4206.
Rosemead Preparatory School is a co-educational day school for pupils aged 3 to 11. They are at 70 Thurlow Park Road SE22 8HZ on 020 8670 5865.
The Villa is a nursery and pre-preparatory school with entry points from age two. They are at 54 Lyndhurst Grove SE15 5AH. Telephone: 020 7703 6216.
State Secondary Schools
We focus here on those State Secondary Schools rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Schools are listed alphabetically by name.
The Charter School is a highly sought-after community school with a Year 7 intake. They are at Red Post Hill SE24 9JH on 020 7346 6600.
Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich is secondary school and sixth form with academy status for boys aged between 11 and 18. The school is sponsored by the Harris Federation, a federation of academies and free schools in England sponsored by Lord Harris of Peckham. Address: Peckham Rye SE22 0AT. Telephone: 020 8299 5300.
Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is a co-educational secondary school. The Academy is a Gifted & Talented specialist school. Of note is an annual opportunity for three Post-16 students to visit NASA astronaut training facilities in Houston and Florida in the USA. As Sir Dan Moynihan, Chief Executive of the Harris Federation, said: “When Lord Harris established this as his first school, he wanted it to be a flagship for education in London. I am delighted that it continues to be so and congratulate all the staff and students on their success. Becoming outstanding is a significant achievement – retaining this level of success is even harder so it is particularly pleasing for everyone at the school.” Address: Maberley Road SE19 2JH. Telephone: 020 8771 2261.
Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich is secondary school and sixth form with academy status. Address: Homestall Road, London, SE22 0NR Telephone: 0207 732 2276.
Charter School East Dulwich. On 9 March 2015 the Department of Education announced that: “The ‘outstanding’ and heavily over-subscribed Charter School [in Dulwich] will be opening a second school in 2016 on the site of the former East Dulwich hospital.” The first intake of Year 7s is planned for September 2016.
City Heights Academy is a non-denominational, non-selective Academy school in Tulse Hill and North Streatham for children aged 11-16, and 16-18.
The school opened with just 110 Year 7 students in September 2013 and, has an educational partnership with Dulwich College. By 2019 they plan to have built up to 1,100 11-18 year olds (including a sixth form of 200). Address: City Heights E-ACT Academy, 33 Abbots Park SW2 3PW Telephone: 020 3691 4600.
State Infants & Primary Schools
Dulwich Village & West Dulwich
Dulwich Village Church of England Infants’ School for infants in the Dulwich Village area aged 4 to 7 years. The most recent Ofsted report rated the school as outstanding. They are at Dulwich Village SE21 7AL on 020 7525 9233.
Dulwich Hamlet Junior School is an independent academy (state funded) for 7 to 11 year olds. They are at Dulwich Village SE21 7AL on 020 7525 9188.
Rosendale Primary School is a community school in West Dulwich within the Borough of Lambeth. The school offers its own Children’s Centre for babies and toddlers from 6 months, a nursery for childcare for children from 3, and a primary school from ages 4 to secondary school. They are at Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8LR on 0208 670 4692.
Jessop Primary School is an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ primary state school for girls and boys. It has a children’s centre, for the Early Years Provision, which is also rated as outstanding. They are at Lowden Road SE24 0BJ and on 0207 274 2333.
Judith Kerr Primary School is bilingual (German & English) Free School operated by CfBT Schools Trust. It is an all-ability, non-denominational, non-selective, non-fee paying primary school teaching children aged 4-11, from Reception to Year 6. The School teaches children in English and German, with the aim that all pupils will be bilingual on their exit from the school. Address: Half Moon Lane SE24 9YE. Telephone: 020 7738 6481.
St. Jude’s Church of England Primary School is a non-fee paying primary school that aims to provide a high quality education within a Christian framework of values and beliefs. They are at Regent Road SE24 0EL and on 020 7274 2883.
Goodrich Primary School is a large school which has made outstanding progress over the last three years, being in the top 250 schools in the country for progress in all core subjects between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in 2013. The age range of pupils is between 3-11, for both boys and girls. They are at Dunstans Road SE22 0EP and on 020 8693 1050.
Heber School is is co-educational primary school based in a beautiful Victorian red brick building with a long history within the East Dulwich community. They are at Heber Road SE22 9LA and on 020 8693 2075.
St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School is a co-educational voluntary aided primary school serving the Roman Catholic community of East Dulwich and neighbouring parishes for children aged 3-11. They are at Etherow Stree SE22 0LA and on 020 86936852.
Elliot Bank Primary School is an Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ state primary school for children aged 3-11 looking out across the North Downs from its site high up on the Sydenham and Forest Hill borders. They are at Thorpewood Avenue, Sydenham SE26 4BU and on 020 8699 0586.
Fairlawn Primary School is an Oftsted rated ‘outstanding’ state school in Forest Hill for children aged between 4 and 11 (Reception to Year 6). They are at Honor Oak Road SE23 3SB and on 020 8699 7948.
Haseltine Primary School is a community school for children aged from 3 to 11 years old. They are at Haseltine Road, Lower Sydenham SE26 5AD and on 020 8778 6536.
Horniman Primary School is a small school situated close to the Horniman Museum in the London Borough of Lewisham. They are at Horniman Drive, Forest Hill, SE23 3BP and on 020 8699 3190.
Stillwell Infant and Junior School is a primary school in the London Borough of Lewisham in Forest Hill for children aged 3 – 7 years. The infant’s school was recently rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’. Their address is Brockley Rise, Forest Hill, London, SE23 1NH and phone number is 020 8690 1416.