Moving from one part of the school, or from another school to Dulwich, is exciting as well as potentially daunting. We do our utmost to ensure each child finds the experience as easy, happy and as rewarding as possible.
From the Spring Term parents are encouraged to join the year above coffee mornings and tours of any unfamiliar parts of the school – so Nash House parents can experience Little Stream, and Little Stream Year 4 parents can familiarise themselves with Upper School.
In the summer term visits to new and less familiar parts of the school become more regular for the children. Teachers start to spend more time with their new pupils in preparation for September and the year ahead. Children joining Dulwich for the first time all have at least one taster day, in addition to the Move Up days. Their buddy will be by their side guiding them, and more often than not negotiating a play date for the holidays!
In Year 4, children due to move to Upper School are invited to board for a night and to have fun at Upper School after hours so they start to feel more at home in the larger school and its grounds. It is of course also a great introduction to boarding, which all children can do from Year 5.
In the last week of the summer term all children including our youngest in Nash House Move Up ‘into the next year’ for an afternoon, and spend time with their new classmates and teachers, giving each child ample opportunity to explore and work out the logistics of getting from one place to the next, so they don’t spend the Summer holidays worrying about where to go on the first day of school in September. And last but not least, the final weekend in June, all children and their families are encouraged to come to our Open Morning and fire any last-minute questions at their new teachers, chat to other parents, and tour around the school again.
Staff of course exchange information about their pupils and make sure personal learning plans are in place as appropriate – Dulwich and soon-to-be Dulwich children alike.