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The Master's Welcome

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Welcome to Dulwich College, an academically selective independent boys’ school in south London. It is an exciting time to be here and a great honour to be leading the College towards its 400th anniversary in 2019.

Dulwich benefits from historic buildings and green open spaces in a delightful environment; it has a distinguished tradition of inspired teaching and genuine scholarship.

Boys proceed from Dulwich to the most competitive of universities, in the UK and in the world, and thereafter into all the major professions, with a high number choosing to work in Medicine, Engineering and the Law. The College has a long standing reputation for producing some of the finest actors, musicians, sportsmen and writers in the country.

Our primary duty is to ensure that all our pupils fulfil their academic potential, but I am aware that they have a great deal to learn and much to enjoy in all they do beyond their formal lessons. 

We aim to offer an academic challenge which enables each pupil to realise his potential.

We hope to create an environment which promotes an independent work ethic and encourages all pupils to acquire a love of learning.

We look to provide a wide range of sporting, cultural and adventurous activities for pupils to enjoy and through which they can learn to work co-operatively and to take a lead.

We are committed to nurturing a supportive community which encourages a sense of social responsibility and spiritual and personal development.

We want to ensure that pupils from a variety of backgrounds can feel secure and equally valued.

This is a challenging Mission Statement. My responsibility is to ensure that we fulfil our aims and build on our achievements so as to enable current and future Alleynians to be well prepared for the challenges of life in the 21st century.

Dr J A F Spence
The Master

Dr Joseph Spence

Dr Spence has been Master of Dulwich College since 2009. He was Headmaster of Oakham School from 2002, having taught history and politics at Eton College where he was Master in College (housemaster to the King’s Scholars) from 1992-2002. He was educated at the Salesian College, Battersea, and at the universities of Reading and London. He serves on the governing bodies of St John’s College School, Cambridge, Windlesham House School, The Dragon School, Oxford and the Isle of Sheppey Academy. He is married to Angela, a solicitor, and they have three grown up children.