The River Thames outside DLD College London

From the Principal #119

25th June 21

As we edge towards the end of the academic year, it has been fantastic to see the students embracing the learning outside of the classroom over the last week or so. This week’s theme has been “Exploring London” and has included visits to museums and universities, delivering presentations, and starting to think about future ambitions; we are so lucky to have so many opportunities right on our doorstep! We often say that education is about so much more than simply learning the syllabus and passing examinations, and this has never been more evident than this period. I think we can safely say the wider DLD College London community can be very proud of our student body.

Of course, the end of an academic year heralds fond farewells to our leavers, heading off to pastures new having successfully navigated their studies in some of the most challenging periods in living memory. With quarantine, online lessons in different time zones and restrictions being in place, not to mention the examination process change, they have overcome much this year. Well done to them, and I hope they enjoyed their event earlier in the week and the graduation today. It is fantastic that technology has allowed so many to be involved in all of the events, whether formal or informal, across this year. I know that from a boarding perspective, this has massively helped the community to feel integrated and connected, wherever they are around the world, and there are elements we will look to utilise more next year.

We have one week left before the holidays, and I would urge all students to maximise the opportunities on offer during this final week (focus: Community). I very much look forward to seeing what the students’ projects achieve as we see out the academic year and set up our return in September.


James Kidd, Vice-Principal (Boarding)