Southwark’s newest secondary school opened its doors to pupils this week as the new term started at The Charter School East Dulwich (TCSED).
Headteacher, Alex Crossman, the Chair of the Charter Schools Educational Trust, Simon Tucker and the Chair of the school’s local governing body, John Godfrey, were joined earlier in the week by Councillor Peter John OBE, Leader of Southwark Council, Councillor Jasmine Ali, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Adult Care and Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood to mark the first day at TCSED’s new home on Jarvis Road, SE22. Thursday 10th January saw the school's 420 students from years 7 to 9 arrived to start lessons in the new multi-million-pound site.
The school boasts many stand-out features, including a multi-use indoor sports hall and dedicated dance studio. Extra-large science labs allow students to enjoy a wide range of practical lessons, and the Design and Technology department boasts workshops dedicated to woodwork, metalwork, textiles and graphics. For those studying graphics there is also a dedicated IT suite, complete with 3D printer, and the school's five art studios boast exceptional views towards the City of London and Kent.
All classrooms are equipped with the latest touch-screen smartboards and storage space is integrated so as to not encroach on valuable teaching space. Classrooms, hallways and communal spaces maximise natural light and space.
Over the coming years the school will continue to grow until it reaches its full capacity of 1,680 students via eight forms of entry. Work on phase two of the Charter East Dulwich campus is due to get under way in 2020 and will see the addition of dedicated music and drama teaching spaces as well as outdoor sports facilities and a multi-use assembly hall. The entire campus complex, on the site of the old East Dulwich Hospital, is expected to be completed by 2022.
Alex Crossman, Headteacher of The Charter School East Dulwich, said: “Having launched our school just over two years ago in temporary accommodation, we are delighted finally to be moving into our permanent home at the very heart of our local community. For almost all of our parents, this will provide the additional reassurance of knowing that their children are being educated a short walk from home.”