Boarding Prospectus 2021

Dulwich College Boarding Prospectus

Ivyholme and Blew House

Eighty boys live in Ivyholme and Blew House, with the link between the two making it feel like one large and vibrant home. Both houses are exclusively for senior boarders and provide a stepping stone to university accommodation with their single en-suite rooms and focus on more independent living. There’s a relaxed, calm yet purposeful atmosphere, and boys feel at home very quickly after arriving, establishing long- lasting friendships with their fellow boarders.

The Gordon Bowl

A boarding competition popular in the 1930s, the Gordon Bowl has been resurrected with all the boarding houses to compete in exciting rounds of table tennis, badminton, basketball, general knowledge, chess, football and tennis throughout the year.

Ivyholme House Team

Ivyholme Housemaster Mr Ben Pelly teaches Spanish and lives in the house with his wife Jo and two sons. The wider team includes a resident tutor and three visiting tutors who are on hand in the evenings and weekends to help with everything from homework to university applications and from personal statements to interview practice.

Zodiac and Caerulean ties

Traditionally Ivyholme and Blew House Captains are elected into the Zodiac and Caerulean Clubs and bestow the honour on two further members from each house who have made significant contributions over the year. Zodiac and Caerulean ties make regular appearances at Old Alleynian reunions and gatherings. “I remember being invited to the Boarders’ Christmas Supper when I was a Form Tutor and thinking what a lovely event it was. Now I am a Housemaster I’m at the heart of that community and it feels very special to be dining in the Great Hall, watching the boys sitting with friends and teachers and having a great time.”

House History

Blew House was built in 1934 and was the only boarding house to remain open during the Second World War. In 2000 an interior refurbishment created 40 study rooms with en-suite bathrooms and a new link connecting it to Ivyholme with its 40 rooms. Enjoying easterly views over the extensive playing fields, Ivyholme is on a site that was once part of the Master’s garden on College Road. In the early 1940s, and sponsored by the Home Office, it became home to students of the School of Oriental and African Studies taking an intensive course in Japanese as part of the war effort.

Blew House – House Team

Housemaster Mr Max Davidson is a Geography teacher who lives in Blew House with his wife Elena and their two children. He has a team of three tutors and a resident tutor to help support the boys in all their endeavours. Both Mr Pelly and Mr Davidson have great support from Matron Mrs Caroline Fairhall who runs both the houses. She is a firm favourite with all the boys and is a linchpin between the two houses.

Mr Ben Pelly, Ivyholme Housemaster



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