School Heritage

School Heritage

Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong was the first in the Dulwich College International family of schools, opening in 2003 in the Jinqiao District of Pudong. Since opening its doors with just 23 students, the College now educates approximately 1500 students from age 2 to age 18, with over forty different nationalities represented in our diverse student body.

Our links to Dulwich College, founded in 1619, are strong, and we collaborate closely with the other schools in the network to encourage an international outlook and create an extended community where academic ability is fostered, creativity is valued, and diversity is celebrated.

We are proud to share a common heritage with all the schools in the DCI network, and equally value the traditions, unique to our school, that we have created since we opened.

In 2016, we welcomed our second campus Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi in the Minhang District of Puxi.

Our Traditions

A school's traditions build the sense of community and connects the school to past, present and future. Here are some of the traditions from Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong.


The D’Oscars is the College’s annual Junior School Film event. It is designed to capture students’ imagination through literacy, storytelling and film. Each film is entered into the competition and winners are awarded a D’Oscar. Over 400 students take part, as filmmaking plays a key role in the Junior School curriculum. Students work in groups to produce a short film or animation at various times across the school year.

Students from across the Dulwich College International network also take part and representatives from these schools attended a three-day film festival before the award ceremony.

Well-known filmmakers from all over the world support this exciting event. The competition winners are announced during an extravagant Oscars-style event – with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Students and parents dress-up for the occasion and enjoy preshow entertainment from the College’s Concert Band, as well as the once in a lifetime red carpet experience.


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

In December each year the Dulwich College Shanghai community gathers beside the Christmas tree for the traditional countdown to the tree-lighting. The Dulwich Community Choir (an adult choir) treats students, parents and staff to traditional carols while families feast on hot chocolate and mince pies. The event is followed by the Winter Choral Concert, performed by both Junior and Senior School students.


Dulwich Talks

Dulwich Talks is the Senior School's keynote academic event of the year. It comprises a symposium in which all students from Year 10 to Year 13 are engaged in stimulating multi-disciplinary talks, seminars and panel discussions around a common theme. Speakers are selected, so talks incorporate a wide range of academic fields, while seminars push students to explore challenging new concepts that are not necessarily part of the everyday curriculum.

Student Leadership

We encourage students across the College to involve themselves in the wider College community and offer support to one another. Our Student Council is made up of students from each year group, who learn to listen and work with one another while voicing the views of their peers. Our most senior students are encouraged to take on additional responsibilities and to act as ambassadors for the College. Each year, our Head Boy and Head Girl are selected from our most senior students and a select number of students are nominated to take on the role of prefects. Our student leadership team set a strong example to younger students and act as a point of contact for students throughout the College.

Pastoral Care and the House System

The system of pastoral care is highly developed at Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong.

Our class teachers and form tutors are responsible not only for every student’s academic development, but also for ensuring they receive the pastoral support they need. Our school has a pastoral support team for students at all levels, and all of them follow a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) course appropriate to their age and coordinated across the year groups.

Our House system is an integral part of the College pastoral care structure. Many international school students experience a great deal of change in their lives. As their parents move from country to country, they make new friends and adapt to different cultures and school systems. We ensure that children are welcomed into the Dulwich community, that we know them well and that they are supported during their time at the College.

The House system builds a sense of community within the student body and helps to develop students’ leadership skills. Our House Captains and students are responsible for helping to organise House activities, which normally take the form of friendly competitions.

Our Houses

On arriving at our school, students and staff are allocated to one of four Houses, where they will remain during their time with us. Our Houses are named after inspirational and accomplished people: Anand Panyarachun, Charles Howard, Ernest Shackleton, and Yung Wing.


Named for Anand Panyarachun (1932 – ). Anand Panyarachun served as Thailand’s prime minister twice. During his tenure he helped draft the country’s Peoples’ Constitution and played an integral role in the advancement of Thai society.


Named for Charles Howard (1563-1624). Charles Howard, known as Lord Howard of Effingham, was appointed Lord Admiral of the Navy in 1585 and three years later, alongside Sir Francis Drake, played a key role in the defeat of the Spanish Armada.


Named for Ernest Shackleton (1874 – 1922). Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was born in Ireland, graduated from Dulwich College and is hailed as one of the greatest explorers of the 20th century. Known for his great leadership and perseverance, Shackleton led a Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1915 that met disaster when his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the polar ice. Shackleton led his men to shelter and then sailed out in a small open boat (now on display at Dulwich College London) to seek help. He returned and rescued his crew, all of whom survived the ordeal.


Named for Yung Wing (1828 – 1912). When Yung Wing, also known as Rong Hong (容闳), graduated from Yale University in 1854, he became the first Chinese student ever to graduate from an American university.  Born in Zhuhai, Yung Wing is commonly known as the "forefather of the modernisation of China", and his greatest achievement was to persuade the imperial Qing Court to permit the "Chinese Educational Mission".


Students from Nursery to Year 11 wear the school uniform. School uniform isn't about conformity, but reflects a long-standing tradition from the founding school and is a badge of pride and school identity.