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Year 8 visit to the Royal Courts of Justice

Posted: 27th February 2018

As part of our British Values curriculum, a second group of year 8 boys visited the Royal Courts of Justice. Walking into the cathedral style Great Hall was a spectacular introduction and to see the judges, barristers and clients going about their business really demonstrated that we were at the heart of criminal and civil law. It was lovely to bump into an old boy within a minute who is currently a human rights solicitor. We were taken to an empty courtroom and had a fascinating talk on criminal and civil law, practical cases and how the appeal system worked. The questions the boys asked showed many were really interested in law and wanted to know more.

Our mock trial was a real case of knife crime. Boys played the roles as judge, court usher and clerk, defence and prosecution barristers and solicitors (wigs and all), witnesses, the defendant and, of course, the jury.

There had been preparation by all involved and the barristers and solicitors had certainly done homework given the list of questions they had brought for their case. As ever the boys loved playing parts in the trial even if the ‘not guilty’ verdict was the opposite of what happened in the real case.

The Royal Courts of Justice Education centre really do an excellent job and as an opportunity for boys to understand how the law works and even hone a possible interest in the legal profession in the future, it is unique.

We take our third and final group of Year 8s next term.

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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.