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CurriculumIB
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 12 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: £16,626
to: £28,950
This school has more than one campus in London:
Senior School: Ages 11 to 18

Address: 6, Friern Barnet Lane London, N11 3LX, UK

Junior School: Ages 2 to 11

Address: 49 Woodside Avenue London, N12 8SY, UK

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Number of students

300

Number of nationalities represented in the school

50

Most common nationality

40% British, 33% many different nationalities, 12% Japanese, 7% American
About a quarter of our students also have dual nationality.

Ratio of local students to international students

About 40% local and 60% international

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

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:
Junior school: French and Spanish
Senior school: French, Mandarin, Spanish.
Additional language classes as "mother tongue" are possible e.g. Japanese, Turkish, German - these are offered on an as needed basis, sometimes incurring extra fee if a specialist teacher required. In the IB Diploma we often have students taking a bilingual diploma e.g. Japanese is their "language and literature" and English is their language acquisition subject.

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?

Yes

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

IB Diploma

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,
planning and self-discipline skills. Home learning should not become a burden to families, resulting in a reduction in leisure time and motivation to learn or an increase in stress and anxiety.

Approximate hours of homework given

Y1 and Y2 : 1 hour per week
Y3 and Y4: 1.5 hours per week
Y5 and Y6: 2.5 hours per week
Y7 - Y9: 1 hour - 1.5 hours per weekday
Y10 - Y11: 2 hours per weekday
Y12 - Y13: 2.5-3 hours per weekday

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.

Waiting list

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

Yes.

School start time

Kindergarten, Reception, Y1, Y2: 8.40am
Y3, Y4: 8.35am
Y5, Y6: 8.30am
Y7, Y8, Y9: 8.30am
Y10, Y11, Y12, Y13: 8.50am

School finish time

Kindergarten, Reception, Year 1, Year 2: 3.20pm
Year 3 and Year 4: 3.30pm
Year 5 and Year 6: 3.40pm
Y7, Y8, Y9: 3.35pm
Y10, Y11, Y12, Y13: 3.55pm

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.

Uniform required

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.
This is also supported by a theoretical component covering fitness, nutrition, anatomy and personal training.

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.
Senior school competes in boys football, girls football, boys basketball, girls netball, swimming gala and has a mixed volleyball squad (weekly training / occasional matches). 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
Have the highest IB Diploma score average across the international schools in London
Our March 2022 Independent School Inspection rated us as a school of excellence in all areas
The first school in the United Kingdom to have a fully electric bus within our transportation fleet

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.

Personalised Learning
Personalised programmes extend, challenge and support each student. Our student body comprises a range of academic ability and talent, and we pride ourselves on meeting each student’s needs through the International Baccalaureate Programmes. Based on international standards of excellence, Dwight is committed to realising each student's potential by finding and nurturing their “Spark of Genius”.

Community
Dwight School’s commitment to the International Baccalaureate Programmes ensures each child’s personal development is shaped by the IB Learner Profile which fosters leadership, initiative and service learning. Students are inspired and educated to make a positive difference to their school, to their communities and to the world. Authentic local and global community projects nurture awareness and empathy to support the IB Learner Profile traits. We seek to strengthen the relationships between home and school, and relationships within the school, to maintain an open, welcoming and supportive community.

Global Vision
Dwight School London serves a diverse community of students from all over the world, and the International Baccalaureate Programmes provide challenges and opportunities that emphasise intercultural awareness while encouraging students to become global thinkers and thus global citizens. We encourage students to see challenges and opportunities from a global perspective. Our school literally extends into other regions of the world through the range of cultures and experiences of our students, and the global network of schools.

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