The Master's Welcome

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 through its 400th anniversary in 2019 and into the 2020s.

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

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. But we are also alert to the changing nature of work in the 21st century; We expect our alumni to take up a number of jobs not yet dreamt of and to have more than one career. The College has a long standing reputation for producing some of the finest actors, musicians, sportsmen and writers; we foresee a future in which our students go on to engage in entrepreneurial, technological or cybernetic and innovative enterprises too.

Our primary duty is to ensure that all our pupils are engaged in good learning, both in the classroom and beyond it; both in working towards examined syllabuses and in their free learning.

Our principal objectives are:

  • to ensure that all our pupils feel equally secure and valued;
  • to offer academic challenges that enable each pupil to realise his potential;
  • to provide sporting, cultural, charitable and adventurous engagement for all our pupils to enjoy and through which they can learn to work co-operatively and to lead;
  • to nurture a supportive community that encourages a sense of social responsibility;

It is also our responsibility to enable Alleynians to be thoroughly well prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.

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.

I am delighted to invite you to read the most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) reports on the College.

Dr Joseph Spence
The Master

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Dr Joe Spence

Dr Joseph 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 universities of Reading and London. Joe serves on the governing bodies of Windlesham House School and Blackbird Academy Trust. He jointly leads Southwark Schools Learning Partnership (SSLP), a collaboration of the senior maintained and independent schools in the borough. He is also a playwright and librettist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and serves on the boards of the Inspiring Futures Foundation and the Mark Evison Foundation.