History & Development of the School
St. Dunstan's is the secondary school for Glastonbury and the surrounding villages. The school lies to the north of the town and enjoys easy access to the town centre and its facilities. It is a small, friendly school, with average student numbers of 500. Glastonbury is a town of 9,000 and the majority of our local students walk to school. The school also serves a wider catchment area, including the villages of the Vales of Avalon. Youngsters come to St. Dunstan's from Baltonsborough, Butleigh, Meare and West Pennard. It is a modern school, which enjoys the vibrancy and varied atmosphere of Glastonbury's diverse community and associations with the world-famous Glastonbury Festival.
The school began life as a 'new-build' in 1958 and was designed to serve a community of less than 6,000. The school once boasted a working farm and a market garden, reflecting its rural background. The present `look' of the school dates back to 1998, when a successful lottery bid brought £1.2 million of new buildings, including the science block, the sports hall and many of the community facilities. Much of this was part of expanding the school's role as a `Community School', and we are justly proud of the amenities we offer to the community at large
St Dunstan’s is fortunate to enjoy a beautiful and spacious site. We enjoy attractive and well-maintained buildings, many of which have been built or modernised in the last decade. As well as dedicated ICT suites, our classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and data projectors. We have a superb, fully equipped sports hall and separate gymnasium. The playing fields are extensive and include several football and rugby pitches as well as hard courts for tennis.
St. Dunstan's was designated an `Arts College' in 2004. This brought with it another £800,000 of new buildings, including our Performing Arts studio and new purpose-built facility to support students with special educational needs. The name Glastonbury, is synonymous the world over with the 'Performing Arts', and we hope to be able to play our part in enabling our students to be a part of that creative and forward-looking spirit.
In August 2011 a new chapter in the development of St Dunstan’s School began when it became a newly designated Academy. Our central focus is on continually ensuring learning is as effective at the school as possible and we consistently strive to develop the most dynamic culture possible. Despite being a relatively small school we offer students a wide range of opportunities both on, and away from our site. Such opportunities range from vocational course in liaison with local colleges, forest school education, non-GCSE courses such as BTECs and ASDAN COPE, a wide range of work experience to philosophically based courses
The school is named after Saint Dunstan, the most famous of Glastonbury's abbots, who went on to become the Archbishop of Canterbury in 960AD. Dunstan was not only a great scholar and politician, but also a skilled artist. He is said to have excelled in writing, illuminating, and music. His symbol, the harp, has become our school badge.