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Year 7 Parliament Visit

Posted: 15th February 2017

Twenty eight boys and four staff spent a superb morning at the Houses of Parliament. We had a tour of the main building and Westminster Hall which were brought to life with many historical stories. After the tour we were fortunate to be able to spend twenty minutes watching a debate in the House of Commons on ‘Unaccompanied Child Refugees’ which was a very emotive, interesting and relevant topic for us all. We didn’t want to leave.

The second half of the morning was spent in the Parliamentary Education Centre where we had a 360 degree digital tour of the Commons and the Lords and then had a fascinating hour learning about the ‘making of laws’ in a purpose built debating room. The boys divided into two parties and drew up four manifestos from which they chose ‘Hotels for the Homeless’ as their provisional bill (their second choice was ‘Should the voting age be lowered to 16?’). 

We learned how a proposal goes from being a green paper through to a white paper and then how a bill is passed through the House of Commons, Select Committees and the House of Lords before it is finally given royal assent. The most impressive thing was that this was all done by role play. The boys had seen and learned how the debates operated so rose to speak and were selected by our very own speaker accompanied by ‘hear, hears’ or grumbles. 

The boys made excellent points on the pros and cons of ‘hotels for the homeless’ with very considered, empathetic and sometimes critical comments on various aspects of the proposal. In the end the ‘ayes’ had it, with the bill having had 8 out of the 11 amendments agreed as it passed to law. An interactive quiz followed and the staff left feeling proud to have boys (some budding politicians) who can speak, think and listen on issues that affect us all. They will be good custodians of the future for the generation they represent. 

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Dulwich Prep & Senior Announcement

We are delighted to share that we will be extending our provision from ages 3-13 to ages 2-16. Our first Year 9 cohort will start in September 2025.

As a highly commended school at this year’s Independent School of the Year Awards, we are excited to share that we will become Dulwich Prep & Senior.

We will continue to be a school of choice, maintaining our exceptional Prep offering with the option of staying to GCSE. Our support of families in finding the right senior school or sixth form at the right time for their sons will remain at our core, whether that be at ages 11, 13 or 16.

Our key entry points will be Nursery, Reception, Year 3, Year 7 and Year 9. Occasional places may be available in other year groups.

If you would like your son to be one of our ‘Trailblazers’ and join Year 9 in 2025 or 2026, please get in touch with our Admissions Department for further details.