Our Curriculum

Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong educates children from age 2 to 18. The primary teaching language is English, with a Dual Language approach in Mandarin and English in DUCKS. Children up to age 5 follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, and from Year 1 to Year 9, they follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales, which is enhanced to meet the needs of our international student body. In Year 10 they begin the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), a rigorous two-year course that requires students to take a broad range of subjects covering maths and sciences, English and foreign languages, and the humanities. It culminates in exams at the end of Year 11, and prepares students well for the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) starting in Year 12.

Our Approach to Learning

Our approach to learning nurtures confidence and intellectual curiosity in our students, preparing them for success in further education and life beyond. We offer a holistic education founded on scholarship and complemented by rewarding co-curricular programmes. Our network of schools has relationships with leading universities and organisations to bring unique learning experiences to our students.

We encourage our students to take pride in their achievements, both inside and outside the classroom, continuing the tradition of excellence started by Dulwich College. The success of our students is reflected in the university acceptances and scholarships that Dulwich international graduates receive every year. Our international alumni gain entry to some of the top ranked universities worldwide.

Learning at Dulwich College International 

Dulwich College International believes learning is a lifelong process that develops skills, concepts, knowledge and understanding through critical thinking, interaction, application and self-reflection. This must occur in a variety of contexts within and beyond the taught curriculum and classroom. Subsequently, learning facilitates personal growth, intellectual curiosity, social connectivity and global responsibility. 

Learning Principles 

Learning is effective when it has a clear purpose: 

Students take ownership and responsibility for their own learning. 
Students use what they already know to construct new understandings. 

Learning is effective when it is adapted and applied: 

Students make connections between knowledge, concepts and skills. 
Students transfer knowledge and skills to a variety of contexts. 

Learning is effective when it is personalised: 

Students are appropriately challenged from their own starting points. 
Students can engage in meaningful and deliberate practice in lesson time. 
Students respond to quality feedback with concrete strategies for improvement. 

Learning is effective when it is relational: 

Students engage in effective collaboration and build positive, safe relationships. 
Students are able to recognize mistakes as collective learning opportunities. 

Two Core Outcomes 

The long-term retention of valuable knowledge, concepts and skills. 
The ability to transfer what has been retained into different contexts and situations. 

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DUCKS includes Toddler to Year 2 (ages 2 to 7) and provides a purposeful introduction to learning. Children learn communication, listening, problem solving and perseverance.
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Junior School

Junior School goes from Year 3 to 6 (ages 7 to 11). We provide a balanced academic challenge that enables students to realise their unique potential in a supportive environment.
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Senior School

Senior School includes Year 7 to Year 13 (ages 11 to 18). Our students follow the IGCSE syllabus and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).