The River Thames outside DLD College London

Month: March 2021

From the Principal #109

26th March 21

A year ago this week, the Prime Minister made a televised address from Downing Street and gave the British people a very simple instruction – ‘stay at home’. It would be easy for a nation now used to lockdown and comfortable with Covid nomenclature such as quarantine, lateral flow, and social distancing to forget just…

DLD Shortlisted for another Prestigious Award

26th March 21

Today we have received the news that we are once again shortlisted for a TES Independent School Award, this year for Wellbeing initiative of the year. This recognises the programmes put in place with the aim of developing the self-awareness in our students so that they are able to flourish both at DLD and beyond….

Lower School Art Competition Winners

26th March 21

Congratulations to Year 11 GCSE Art & Design student Kate who has won a Lower School Art Competition for the 2nd half of the Spring Term. Her digital paintings, which she produced while working online, portray contrasting behaviour of people towards nature. She depicts how we take care of our gardens and sometimes help nature…

National Maths Olympiad Challenge Success

24th March 21

  Several Year 10 and Year 11 DLD students recently took part in the UK Intermediate Mathematical Challenge 2021 including Maria (left), Ryan (centre) and Noelle-Elena (right). This is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK which encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve…

Women’s History Month

24th March 21

March is Women’s History Month when we commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in our society and history and in February I was able to give an introductory webinar for the Boarding School Association involving tips on exhibitions, picking up newspapers articles and using contemporary events to…

Neurodiversity Celebration Week Challenge Winners

22nd March 21

Winners of our Neurodiversity Celebration Week Challenge are: Laila in Year 10 for her incredible brain/heart poster “No Matter How it works – Celebrate You“ Jason in Year 12, whose photograph encourages people to understand how perception varies for those with neurodiversity Charles Pinel, Head of Learning Support

From the Principal #108

19th March 21

‘Creating Unique Learning Opportunities’ is our vision at DLD and this week gives us a perfect example of what can be achieved when students are prepared to “go for it”. On Wednesday, we received the BTEC exams results for our students who sat their exams in January during the national lockdown. Students have shown great…

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

19th March 21

This week has been Neurodiversity Celebration Week, which has been marked by an assembly and an ongoing creative challenge at DLD. Neurodiversity is based on the idea that everyone’s brain works differently and that we all have our own unique way of thinking and experiencing the world. Students were challenged to submit a creative piece…


18th March 21

Twelve DLD Chemistry students entered the renowned UK Chemistry Olympiad which is the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the British Isles. It is an annual challenge run by the Royal Society of Chemistry to put their skills and knowledge to the test in an intense two hour examination. They were tested…

Exceptional BTEC Unit Results

18th March 21

In January, we took the decision to allow BTEC students to take the external assessments that they had worked so hard towards. On Wednesday this week, students received their results and I am delighted that they all did so well. There were a record number of Distinction grades in both Creative Digital Media and in…