Our Ethos & Aims
Dulwich Prep London inspires excellence, and our greatest success is measured by the character of our boys. Our values sow the seeds of possibility in the mind, heart and spirit of each boy and create the right culture and the right conditions to allow these possibilities to flourish and become real.
Our school’s priority is the wellbeing and happiness of the boys. Each boy’s sense of belonging is paramount to his success and the continuing success of the school. Our boys are challenged in their pursuit of excellence, and we support each boy as he finds what he is good at.
We want our boys to leave us having experienced the very best in pastoral care, teaching and learning, having enjoyed the most dynamic and demanding academic and co-curricular programmes, and having made friends for life.
In preparing our boys for today and the future we want to instil a sense of environmental awareness and to empower our boys to become responsible world citizens. These are the key building blocks for the school, but it is our values that act as the cement which bonds everyone and everything together.
Our values create Dulwich Prep London’s special atmosphere.
For our boys, their time at school is about more than preparation for exams, it is preparation for life. We believe that an education rooted in teaching character is what sets our boys apart.
The eight values that we uphold were originally identified by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values, ‘a pioneering interdisciplinary research centre focussing on character, virtues and values in the interest of human flourishing…’ because that is exactly what we want – for our boys to flourish.
Through Love, Courage, Gratitude, Humility, Justice, Service, Self-Discipline and Honesty we teach our boys how to be kind and offer help where it is needed; to play fair and tell the truth no matter who is listening; to join in and play their part whilst letting others be heard; to appreciate the world around them and how valuable their contribution is and always to have a go.
In addition to underpinning social and emotional development, a Values-driven Education creates the environment where our learners flourish.
We have a duty to actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Our school values help us to do this.