The River Thames outside DLD College London

From The Principal #185

16th June 23

As this week draws to a close, it seems almost unnecessary to say it has been a week filled with heat, coursework, revision and examinations! It has been excellent to see students taking their assessments – whichever year they may be – seriously, as students look to provide a benchmark of where they are towards the end of the academic year. For students in Year 13 and Year 14, next week’s Graduation Ceremony represents the pinnacle of this; heading over to the Houses of Parliament in full academic regalia.

Away from the classroom, it has been pleasing to see students also taking some downtime – so important as the stresses of revision are upon us. It was also good to be able to celebrate the achievements of individuals in this week’s Award Ceremony; my congratulations to all prize winners!

We have two weeks left of this academic year, and I would urge students to make the most of them, whether finishing off their academic studies and reflecting on grades, or the various academic and enrichment activities in the last week of term. A reminder that the House Charity events are on the Monday and that any donations, however big or small, will make such a difference to those in need – a link to those charities and more on the various last week of term activities can be found below.

Finally, linked to the above – please remember that it is important that all students honour the term dates. Only the Principal can authorise absences, and these must be few and far between – if in doubt, please contact your child’s Housemaster/Housemistress.

James Kidd
Senior Vice Principal (Pastoral)