The job of a school is to educate young people. State secondary school Kingsdale Foundation School in Dulwich knows, however, that imparting academic knowledge is only part of its role. To succeed in life, children need to leave school as young adults prepared to meet the many challenges of the adult world. Kingsdale Foundation School takes this aspect of education as seriously as the rest, and seeks to inspire its students throughout their time at the school to be the best they can be as people, not just as students.
Kingsdale Foundation School views itself as a community, not just a school. This is an important distinction, as it makes reference to the learning environment as a whole. Kingsdale Foundation School set out to create and maintain a stimulating space in which students can learn.
Values, behaviour, hard work and dedication are vital, but the overall success of an educational establishment like Kingsdale Foundation School can be massively enhanced by the right physical environment. When Kingsdale Foundation School underwent an architectural regeneration in the early 2000s, the senior management staff worked closely with the designers. Together they thought outside the box, and dared to imagine a learning space for Kingsdale Foundation School that was unlike any other seen in the UK at that time.
The new Kingsdale Foundation School buildings were designed to create a sense of belonging and purpose for students within the school itself, but also to accord a sense of ownership to the wider community outside of the Kingsdale Foundation School gates. Kingsdale Foundation School wanted to embrace and explore the interrelationship between the social and the built environment, and use this to create a school where educational achievement could be maximised for every student.
This dynamic new approach for the school has contributed greatly to the way in which Kingsdale Foundation School has transformed itself in recent years. In the mid-1990s, Kingsdale Foundation School required significant physical improvement. By 2010, it had become a learning environment in high demand due to its impressive academic performance, high standards of behaviour, and an atmosphere of deep respect that permeates the very fabric of the school.
Kingsdale Foundation School is rightly proud of its achievements, and continues to push the boundaries of educational excellence into the future.