The River Thames outside DLD College London

From The Principal #171

10th February 23

Irfan Latif, Principal of DLD CollegeAre we in a winning position at this stage? Only time will tell, but I hope we are; otherwise, I would be doing the school a disservice. This year, the changes that have been bought to take the school forward are working through the system. We must continue to forge ahead in the best interests of the students and the school. The students should now take stock of what has happened so far and implement their plans for the second half if they have not already done so. Whether that be changing one’s work ethic, developing revision strategies, training for the football team or rehearsing for the next play or concert. We must work together as a team to bring out the best in each other. The recent Drama Devised Performances, football vs Harrow School and the excellent inter-House debating competition are prime examples – and they all happened this week.

So as I view the educational playing field and take on board some of the tactical changes that are being made nationally (e.g. educational reform, levelling up, AI, examinations), I look back at the first half and assess the plans going forward for the second. It is, however, worth taking a moment to pause and reflect at this stage, nurse a couple of bruises, pull one’s socks up and have a slice or two of orange.

I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing half-term holiday.

Best wishes

Irfan Latif