The River Thames outside DLD College London

From The Principal #92

30th October 20

Where did the half term go? It has been great to be back at college to see our students and staff. I have been proud of how the school community has responded to the restrictions and barriers placed due to Covid-19. Thank you.

Black History Month has given us the time to pause and reflect on the events of the past six months – whether that be Covid-19 and lockdown or the black lives matter movement and the upcoming US elections. All are life-changing events which will have an impact on history and future generations. In Monday’s covid-secure whole college assembly, we celebrated Lewis Hamilton’s historic win in the Portuguese Grand Prix. This now makes him the all-time motor racing champion, beating Michael Schumacher’s 91 Grand Prix wins. This is no mean feat considering Hamilton’s humble background and the barriers (not only those on the race track) that he has had to face in both his personal life and career.

We welcomed another sporting great to DLD this week – Sol Campbell, former England and Spurs football captain and an integral part of the ‘Invincibles’ and Double cup winning team at Arsenal FC. It was a privilege to host such a giant of the beautiful game, and he will be supporting us as we develop a new DLD Football programme for September 2021. Like Hamilton, Campbell was also from humble backgrounds and had to negotiate several barriers, but was given an opportunity to show what he can do. And that is precisely what we strive to do here at DLD – create unique learning opportunities so that our students and staff can excel.

We hope to remove all the barriers leading to success.

Best wishes


Irfan Latif, Principal