The River Thames outside DLD College London

From the Principal #157

30th September 22

James Kidd, Senior Vice Principal (Pastoral)

As we reach the end of the first month of this academic year, it is always good to look back at how much has been achieved, as well as look forward to what is coming.

This month has seen everything from a football match for our newly-shaped team, to a university fair for our Sixth Form students and even an open event for prospective students. It was lovely to hear the Heads of School, Giovanna and Ishaan, such ambassadors for our students, confidently speaking to potential students and their parents at the Open Evening; our students inspire those around them and, I am sure, the next generation of DLD students, too. The universities came from across the country for a pop up showcase in the Atrium, creating quite the buzz, even for younger students. It is a reminder to us all that school is a stop on our journey in life, and to make the most of all that is on offer; in the blink of an eye, we will be moving onto the next goal and life event!

Now that students are settled into the new academic year, it is important that they stick to routines – we have high expectations on attendance and punctuality; a reminder that the school day starts with tutor time at 8.45am Monday to Friday for all students, and that this is compulsory for all – I would advise getting here by 8.30am each day, to give students time to catch up with friends and head to their tutor room on time. Time with their tutor each day is a fundamental pillar of our pastoral care; please do ensure your child utilises the asset their tutor and House as a whole offer.

Finally, please encourage your child to take a look at the various trips and activities coming up – these are usually open to all students and offer them a real chance to explore the classroom – and playground – that is London, no doubt making memories that will last a lifetime!

Until next time,

James Kidd, Senior Vice Principal & DSL