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|Language of instruction
|Native English teachers
|Extra languages (other than English)
|12 students / class
|20 students / class
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|Number of students
|Number of nationalities represented in the school
|Most common nationality
40% British, 33% many different nationalities, 12% Japanese, 7% American
|Ratio of local students to international students
About 40% local and 60% international
|Native English speaking teachers
|Language support for students not fluent in English
Yes we offer English as an Additional Language - personalised, individual tutoring during school time (additional fee if required)
|Additional language classes offered by the school
As part of the curriculum we offer:
|Max. number of students per class
20. If a class is reaching this number, or likely to go over with new enrolments the school will create two classes.
|Average number of students per class
In the junior school (primary years) about 15 students per class. In the senior school, particularly in the higher year levels when students take electives/options, the average would be 5-10 students per class, replicating a university tutor group style of learning.
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?
|Use of technology in the classroom
The school fully uses google classroom.
|Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)
The school was already set up with google classroom suite of applications - and seamlessly switched to this programme for virtual learning during UK lockdowns, and also supporting individual students during periods of COVID-19 quarantines. We also remotely hosted new students for "taster" days and even successfully had new students join the school during remote learning. Online video conferencing is used for synchronous lessons, student group work and community events like music concerts and school assemblies.
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?
Religious studies are not part of the curriculum but across the 40 nationalities we have families from a range of religious beliefs.
|How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?
The IB global outlook reinforces open mindedness.
|External examinations or assessments available
|Results in these examinations
The most recent average score was 37 (out of 42) vs worldwide average 32. Top score 43 points. And 40% achieved bilingual diplomas.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?
Yes there is set homework, as a way to consolidate learning. Part of the purpose of homework is to help students to develop their organisation,
|Approximate hours of homework given
Y1 and Y2 : 1 hour per week
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation
95% go on to higher education - we have some students who chose to defer, travel or volunteer.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs
Yes, we offer a "Quest" programme to support learning needs that require additional, personalised tuition (fees apply).
|Learning support offered
As an inclusive IB World School, Dwight accepts students with a wide range of abilities, subject to space, class balance, and on the understanding that students may be required to participate in the Quest Programme for the provision of additional learning support. Through Quest students receive one-to-one tuition from trained staff in skills such as reading, maths, writing and organisation.
The aim of the Quest Programme is to teach students with different learning styles or difficulties to function successfully and independently in an academically challenging, IB mainstream setting.
The Quest Programme, with its specialists, is an integral part of the school community and is a resource for all teachers and parents.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students
The school employs a Head of Personalised Learning and an Enrichment programme co-ordinator. We are also a member of Potential Plus, an external organisation which supports gifted and talented students. We also have higher learning potential students working on curriculum several year levels above their peers, this is part of our personalised learning. The school arranges participation in various events: masterclass lectures, UK maths challenge, Owlypia, Model United Nations, Global Initiatives Network. In the weekly school newsletter enrichment opportunities are promoted.
|Student access to education psychologist
We do not have an educational psychologist on staff, but would assist arranging one if required.
|Entry evaluation for students
There is no set entry exam. Dwight refers to the past two years of student reports, teacher references, family statement, student writing sample and family interview. We are looking for students who have the right approach to learning.
Enrolments are open in each year level, however at times we may stop accepting students to a particular year to ensure small class sizes are maintained.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)
We accept rolling admissions, anytime throughout the year. We understand that particularly for families relocating to London, this may not be at the beginning of the academic year, so our teaching staff and students welcome new students at any time.
|Students can join after academic year begins
|School start time
Kindergarten, Reception, Y1, Y2: 8.40am
|School finish time
Kindergarten, Reception, Year 1, Year 2: 3.20pm
|Supervised care before/after school
In the Junior School there is a supervised "breakfast club" available from 7.45am until school starts (fee applies). After school there are clubs such as Lego, art, football or supervised homework available until 4.45pm (no fee unless external provider e.g. Karate). In the Senior School students are expected to arrive on time for class, but not earlier than 8am on campus. After school there is a supervised homework club until 4.45pm and other sports provisions, then students are requested to leave campus.
|School bus service available
Dwight School works in partnership with Zeelo to deliver its transport services.
Zeelo provides home to school bus services for schools across the country, with enhanced DBS checked drivers and services built on technology, including online booking platforms, 24/7 customer support, live vehicle tracking and status notifications for every service. They have also recently committed to being carbon neutral by September and this marries with our own school goals connected to sustainability.
There will be 3 bus routes available with multiple pick-up locations each day from Willesden Green, Dartmouth Park and Baker Street. There will be flexible ticket options available including Termly passes where your child is automatically booked onto every journey for the relevant period and 1 day single/return ticket.
|School provided lunches
Yes, in the Junior and Senior school we have on-site kitchen staff who prepare fresh meal options. In the Senior School, students from Year 11 (age 15) above, may leave campus and walk to purchase lunch from nearby shops.
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)
Special diets can be discussed with our catering team.
Yes, there are a range of pieces with a focus on comfort. Trousers can be worn by boys or girls and we have a hoodie which is very popular.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered
A range of clubs are offered each term. In the Junior School these are after school. In Senior School these are taken once a week as an "activity" within the school day. As an example previous clubs/activities include: Archery, card games, stop animation club, table tennis, karate, showstoppers, mother nature science, Lego club, volleyball, mindfulness for kids, colour by number, Chinese water colour painting, basketball, art explorers, touch typing club, running, yoga, puzzles, gardening, model UN, film school, drama, creative writing, world cinema club, choir, Dwight TV and media club, fitness, programming, debating.
|Sports activities included
Physical activities are taught at our sports fields across the whole school. A range of sports are taught as part of the curriculum e.g. gymnastics, dance, football, netball, rugby, softball, basketball, athletics (in preparation for our annual sports day), swimming, yoga, hockey, American football etc.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students
The Junior School competes in boys football, girls football, boys basketball, girls netball and swimming gala. Summer sports day for internal house athletics track and field competition.
|Facilities at the school
Innovation space, art room, computer gallery, design room, science labs, drama hall, library
|Sports facilities at the school
Indoor sports hall, outdoor rubberised surface multi purpose areas. Sports field which is a grass area for field sports, rubberised surface netball/basketball/tennis court, changing rooms and a clubhouse.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school
Dwight School is a leading international school in North London that successfully uses the International Baccalaureate as its curriculum framework. This year Dwight School is celebrating its 50th year as a centre for educational excellence in London and we find ourselves with much to celebrate within this landmark time in our school’s history:
We are ranked within the top 100 International Baccalaureate Schools in the world
Dwight School London is privileged to be part of the internationally renowned Dwight family of schools. We share the Dwight pillars of Personalised Learning, Community and Global Vision and are committed to igniting the spark of genius in every child.
Our learners are proud to come from diverse backgrounds; they celebrate and learn from each others’ perspectives, and they take pride in taking action to make a better world.
Our open-minded approach that values diversity and innovation is underpinned by the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate programmes that open pathways to the top universities across the globe. Our students are critical and creative thinkers, empowered by inquiry-led learning and an expectation that they will be independent learners who create meaning from their experiences.
|Teaching approach of the school
Dwight prepares young people to become leaders in the world. Students thrive in a curriculum rooted in three educational pillars.