Chartered territory

Thu 14 March 2019, 8:28 am

Southwark's newest secondary school, the Charter School East Dulwich, opened its doors to pupils in January.

Facilities at the multimillion pound school include a multi-use indoor sports hall, dedicated dance studio, extra-large science labs and spaces dedicated to woodwork, metalwork, textiles and graphics, along with a dedicated graphics IT suite, complete with 3D printer.

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 areas maximise natural light and space.

Over the next few years, the school will continue to grow until it reaches its full capacity of 1,680 students in eight forms of entry. Work on phase two 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 complete 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.”