13th May 22
It has been a week of transition at DLD as many of our students finish formal lessons and focus on revision for the upcoming public examinations. It is time for a moment of internal reflection, and a commitment to oneself to align priorities, energy and focus for the coming several weeks. I am incredibly proud of our students in their determination and motivation to show the best of themselves as they embark on an experience that they have never before been through. The covid pandemic has meant that the vast majority of students are sitting formal examinations for the first time ever. It takes a shift in mindset and a special resilience to get through this unique time in a student’s life, and we are with them every step of the way. This also very much applies to students completing BTEC and IFP courses, many of whom continue to formally attend lessons in order to complete formal project-based assessments. For all students, teachers are on hand and will be attending every timetabled lesson to hold revision sessions, to answer question, or just to be there to share a conversation.
On Thursday DLD hosted an open evening in which many members of the public were welcomed into our wonderful school to experience what we all do on a daily basis. The highlight of this was the DLD students. Our newly appointed student Heads of School gave truly engaging speeches sharing their own journey at DLD. Huge numbers of student representatives and student council members volunteered to lead tours and engaged easily with our visitors, and we also had some talented musicians playing guitar and piano. The display of unity, collaboration and a sense of fun and pride in our DLD community was impressive.
I would like to thank the entire DLD community in advance, including parents, guardians, staff and governors, for their support and encouragement for our students as they head into the examination weeks ahead.
Sarah Watson, Vice Principal (Academic)