Most neighbourhoods are happy to have one top private school; Dulwich Village is probably unique in having three in a very small area. Dulwich College (boys, ages two to 18) on College Road occupies imposing high Victorian buildings designed by architect Charles Barry Junior, the son of the architect of the Houses of Parliament. The buildings are in a 13th century north Italian style and sit amid vast acres of playing fields. The school takes boarders, weekly boarders and day pupils.
James Allen’s Girls’ School (girls, ages five to 18) in East Dulwich Grove is known local as JAGS, or JAPS for those in the preparatory school.
Alleyn’s School (co-ed, ages four to 18) in Townley Road has an arty reputation.
There are three prep schools: Oakfield (co-ed, ages two to 11) and Rosemead (ages three to 11) both in Thurlow Park Road and Dulwich College Prep (boys, ages two to 13) which in spite of its name is nothing to do with Dulwich College itself.
The top state primary schools – both judged “outstanding” by the government’s education watchdog, Ofsted – are Dulwich Village CofE Infants (ages five to seven) and Dulwich Hamlet (ages seven to 11), both in the road called Dulwich Village.
Judith Kerr – named after the children’s author – is a newly opened bilingual German free primary school that is a big attraction for German-speaking parents.
The Charter School (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Red Post Hill is the best performing state comprehensive; it is judged “outstanding”. Kingsdale (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Alleyn Park is judged to be “good”, but GCSE results have slipped and the school has recently been investigated - and mainly exonerated – for alleged cheating in GCSE exams.
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