From Our Head of College

Letter from Our Head of College

Welcome to the Dulwich College Seoul community! If you are exploring our school for the first time, I invite you to click here to enjoy a virtual tour of our wonderful campus. You will “meet” me in person as you begin your tour. I’m confident you will come away impressed with what our school has to offer. 

Dulwich College Seoul opened its doors in 2010 as part of a growing family of Dulwich schools in Asia. Now, as a full-fledged international school with British roots, we are operating at our maximum capacity of 700 students, who range in age from three to 18 years, and who come to us from 40 or more different countries. 

We have taken the last year to reflect and revisit our mission and purpose, involving students, parents, staff and partners to better understand where we stand, where we're going and how we're going to get there.

After many community forums where we shared and engaged our community around our strengths and refreshed direction, I couldn't be happier with the results.

Our long-term vision is that our students, parents and staff will build a more just, equitable and sustainable world. Our mission is to inspire students to grow as global citizens who make a positive difference in the world. Our values include excellence, kindness, sustainability, diversity and community.

How do we work to achieve our mission and live and breathe our values, you may ask? 

Our school’s refreshed purpose and values align nicely with our family of schools throughout Asia under Dulwich College International, whose motto in Latin, Detur Pons Mundo, means Building Bridges to the World. 

Having Dulwich Colleges in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Singapore connects our students to their peers through diverse enriching opportunities such as academic Olympiads, sports competitions, Model United Nations and arts festivals, that help them grow as global citizens. Our 700 student body means our students get a personalised learning journey where teachers know their strengths and interests.

We are committed to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We value kindness, respect, humility and generosity, as well as acceptance and fair treatment of all people in our community, and we aspire to diversity, equity and inclusion. We have an audacious goal of being the kindest school in the universe. 

At the height of the pandemic, our top priority was to keep our community safe and healthy. Despite the challenges, our community of students, staff and parents demonstrated incredible resilience and support as we navigated the unpredictable day-to-day. At the same time, we were cognisant of the need for extra mental health support to ensure our students felt connected to and supported by the broader community.

As we cautiously return to a sense of semi-normalcy, it is my pleasure to introduce three new dynamic members of our College Leadership Team to guide us forward. First, our Head of Senior School, Suzy Pugh, is engaging parents to enable them to better support their children’s learning journey. Paul Smith, our Director of Business Administration, is working hard to ensure our infrastructure and systems are optimally developed to support our students’ learning. Finally, our  Director of Admissions, Helen Kim, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her time at Dulwich College Beijing, which will help ensure we provide the best possible experience for prospective and new families in our community.

For our prospective parents: if you are wondering if our school is right for you, we invite you to talk directly with our parent ambassadors and get their honest feedback by clicking here. They are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about our school.  

It has been wonderful seeing our community back onto our campus, bustling with activity and lots of laughter and fun. I am looking forward to continuing the trajectory toward bringing our community together once again.

With my gratitude and best wishes,

Mr Guðmundur Hegner Jónsson
Head of College