On Wednesday 25th September we were delighted to welcome Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar for the official opening of the new Global Kitchen.
DLD College London recently hosted an open MIC Event, allowing students to show off their talents to the college.
Welcome back to the start of the new Autumn Term and a warm welcome to our new parents whose sons and daughters have joined us this September. I hope my weekly ruminations do not clog up your inboxes and subsequent posts will be shorter, I promise! So where did the summer go?
We are delighted to announce that DLD College has been shortlisted in the Wellbeing category of the Independent Schools of the Year Awards.
Helpful tips to manage exam stress.
This week our Head of Wellbeing, Mark Johnson, attended training organised by YGAM (the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust), a charity focused on awareness and education around problem gambling and social gaming
Our brave students presented Shakespearean monologues from ‘As You Like it’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ outside St John’s Church, Waterloo in the pouring rain.
The Drama Department is excited for those students doing their solo acting London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations over the next two Saturdays.
Well done to all the Academic English students on their recent IELTS results. An impressive 99% of students made progress this year, 56% of whom improved by an outstanding 1.5 bands, and, of these, 32% progressed by at least 2.0 bands.
Whilst preparations are underway, our students continue to revise diligently and sit for their exams and the staff have been impressed at their commitment and maturity during this busy exam season.
DLD College is going plastic free. Devised and implemented by one of our year 12 students, Cherkez, this project has ensured the College has stopped selling single use plastic bottles completely, with students and staff being issued a reusable bottle to use instead.
DLD College London boarders had a fun time watching the iconic musical Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre yesterday.
When asked to produce an artwork in unconventional materials over the Easter holiday A Level Art student Ekaterina decided to create a painting in chocolate.
A small group of Year 13 A Level Physics students attended a High Energy Physics Masterclass at Imperial College London at the end of March.
During the Easter holidays, 12 DLD students from years 11-13 took part in a 3 day Duke of Edinburgh Silver practice expedition in the New Forest. The expedition was a great success with all 12 students doing exceptionally well!
Last week the DLD College London Drama Club staged two performances of ‘A Servant of Two Masters’ the classic Italian comedy by Carlo Goldoni, adapted by the group into a version that could only be staged at DLD.
DLD College London are delighted to announce the new student council for the coming academic year. We wish the new Student Council all the very best as they continue the outstanding work done by the current Council – they will be a hard act to follow!
“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” – Thomas Jefferson. This quote represents my day in Paris quite perfectly. The journey from the station was an introduction to the city.
The DLD College London theatre was the venue for a DJ spectacular on 1st April 2019, with the very first DJ Night, showcasing three of the College’s most talented DJs. The event was organised and run by the Year 11 BTEC Music group as part of their course.
On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning, DLD hosted Abbey College Cambridge in the first ever Netball match between the Colleges. As both teams have been in the developmental phase of the sport due to their inception only being this year it was going to be interesting to see the level of both teams.
This week in psychology we looked at conformity. We conducted an experiment similar to the Jenness test. Participants in our experiment were asked to guess the number of sweets in a glass jar. Would the participants give a similar answer?
This week the A-Level Film Studies students hosted a lecture by Dana Polan, Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts New York. Dana is author of the BFI Classic book about the film Pulp Fiction, which the students are studying as part of the Year 13 component in Experimental Cinema.
The DLD College London football team has been crowned ICL Spring Term League Champions 2019. This means the team has achieved the league double (autumn and spring) for the first time in recent years. The team also finished their 11-a-side season with a win percentage of 57.1%. This includes wins against top boys schools such as Mill Hill, Merchant Taylor’s and Dulwich College last weekend.
On Tuesday our A Level students performed a selection of pieces they have been developing for their exam. DLD’s theatre was ideal for this event. Its intimacy helps students cope with the nerves of having to perform and be examined at the same time!
Year 12 students intending to make competitive applications to UK and US universities attended the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference at the historic Epsom Downs racecourse in Surrey.
Last Friday, DLD College London students attended an Model United Nations (MUN) conference at Haileybury school. Having attended MUN conferences in the past, this one was unlike any other I have previously taken part in.
It’s been another busy week here at DLD College London with numerous opportunities for students and staff to get involved in, for example there was an exciting Physics trip to CERN to see the Large Hadron Collider and we celebrated as a school the beginning of the Iranian New Year.
DLD College London Year 12 and 13 students enjoyed an enlightening visit to the Particle Physics Research Centre at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday and Tuesday this week.
The current DLD College London band club have been working together since September when Harry (guitar) and Sem (bass) got the ball rolling and were soon joined by Eduardo on drums, thus completing the rhythm section and playing some Beatles songs and other classics. Shortly after this, Penelope and Andrea joined, bringing vocals and guitar and the band began exploring new styles and songs.
Congratulations to all the staff and students that battled the tough weather conditions on Sunday to run 5k or 10k in support of Evelina Children’s Hospital.
On Thursday Classics students returned to Gresham College to hear a fascinating lecture by the well-established classical scholar Edith Hall.
BTEC 1 enjoyed a behind the scenes visit to Harrods last week. They were given a wonderful guided tour by Tim, who pointed out some of the fascinating history behind the world famous department store.
Sasha and Xizhang both achieved top Gold Awards in the recent UK Senior Maths Challenge, qualifying for the next Kangaroo round.They both did extremely well and Sasha achieved a top award in this round.
As Irfan is travelling to Latvia over the weekend, Tom Hadcroft, Vice Principal, will be providing an overview of the week at DLD College London which saw us welcome the Boarding School’s Association, our Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme students visit Richmond Park, and our 1st XI football team beat Mill Hill.
On Wednesday evening the Regent Brass Band had their first rehearsal at DLD. They are a semi-professional group and are preparing for a top level national competition in a few weeks’ time.
An unforgettable night full of beats! The first ever DJ event at DLD College London, where DLD’s finest DJs will be performing and a professional headline DJ. There will be a fee of £3 for charitable cause. Tickets are available on Instagram just send a message to our profile.
Helen O’Hara, freelance film journalist and Editor at Large of Empire film magazine, which is one of the most popular film magazines in the world, led a fascinating workshop on film journalism and writing film reviews.
DLD College London BTEC Media Year 12 students went on a trip to the BFI to take for an educational screening of the film 1985. The film was being shown as part of a programme showcasing a range of LGBTQ cinema.
DLD College London staff and students will be participating in a 5k or 10K charity run in order to raise money for Evelina London Children’s Hospital this Sunday 10th March. Evelina Hospital is just across the road from DLD College London and we are proud to help fund life-saving equipment and life-changing research for young patients in their care.
On Tuesday 5th March the College celebrated shrove Tuesday with the first ever DLD College pancake race, involving runners racing around the balcony area of the atrium, while flipping a pancake in a frying pan to achieve the quickest possible time.
DLD College London marked the official opening of our new library this week on World Book Day 7th March. The guest of honour Philip Marshall, the Director of the London Library, cut the ribbon and announced the library to be officially open.
The Year 13 Biology students went on a Field Studies trip to Kew Gardens on Tuesday 12th.
On Saturday, 12 students from DLD College London were out in Richmond Park getting some navigation training in ahead of their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Practice and Assessed Hikes.
DLD College London student Amirezza Nanaei spent 4 days (20 hours) of volunteering at Ambition Aspire Achieve, a charity organisation. This lovely charitable event was a Christmas Appeal during which Amirezza had to prepare gifts for families who could not afford presents for their children.
Just before the end of the autumn term more than 30 of our Year 13 Art, Graphics, Photography and Year 14 BTEC Art Students spent the day learning from the professional, internationally recognised artists:
Author, campaigner and mental and emotional wellbeing advocate Natasha Devon MBE recently opened DLD College London’s new Wellbeing Centre, joining staff and students as they cut the celebratory ribbon and formally declared the centre open, as part of the launch event.
A variety of students from DLD College London volunteered in a litter picking event in Lower Marsh and Waterloo Millennium Park, the largest event of it’s kind in the UK.
The DLD College London Christmas Concert was one of the best I can remember, every one of the acts was polished and the standard across the board was very good. Well done to all those students who took part!
Everyone is trying to predict the future. From predicting the score of the DLD College London Staff vs Student Charity football match in aid of Movember, to the number of mince pies that may be eaten at the Winter Concert.
On 16 October DLD college London A level Year 1 Art students explored The National Gallery collection of the Sainsbury Wing, learned about the use of art materials in Gothic art and how paintings were created at this time.
Milestones – there have been plenty this month, from, the 100 years since the end of WW1 to the final Brexit negotiations in Brussels. More importantly, it has been Milestone Tests for our students this week which will give them an indication of how they have progressed since joining DLD College London.
This year Surfers Against Sewages has organized its biggest Autumn Beach and River Clean with 15,000 volunteers cleaning more than 400 beaches and 60 rivers across the UK. As part of this campaign, last Saturday DLD College hosted a litter picking event in Lower Mash and Waterloo Millenium Park.
This week we had our first Open Evening of the year for prospective students and parents with a record attendance. It was also a time to remember and commemorate those former DLD students, who gave their lives during the various conflicts. The College’s Armistice Day Remembrance service on Monday remembered them
On Tuesday, 13th of November, the Spanish Department took a trip to the V&A Museum to visit the exhibition on the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
This weekend marked 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which signaled the end of World War One. As the College prepares to remember, this Sunday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, our country came together to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
A group of inquisitive DLD College London Year 12 BTEC Business students paid a visit to Waterloo Foodbank to find out more about the work that they do and the community that they serve.
A warm welcome back to everyone at DLD College London all after what I hope has been a rewarding half term with plenty of relaxation and recharging. I’ve been to the 42nd Global Education Conference in Hefei.
Staff and students at DLD College London are for the second year running supporting the Movember Foundation because they are tackling some of the most significant health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
The DLD College London boarding community celebrated Halloween in the most “spooktacular” style on Wednesday night as students sat together to feast on a specially prepared banquet.
On Thursday 18th November everyone from DLD College London gathered together today in the atrium for an amazing afternoon of music in the annual college talent show Star Search.
On Friday 22 June we celebrated the very first DLD College London graduation ceremony which took place at the Palace of Westminster. Congratulations to all of our students, they have worked extremely hard and deserve their success.
BTEC students at DLD College London celebrated their success at a high profile college event this week. The BTEC celebration brought together students, teachers and parents to mark the students’ achievements this year
It’s been a busy week. We’ve had IFP, GCSE and A-level exams all week, the historic meeting between President Trump and Kin Jong-Un, Brexit votes in Parliament, the FIFA World Cup, the Professor Stephen Hawking Memorial service at Westminster Abbey, Ramadan and the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
It has been another busy start to what remains of this summer term at DLD College, not least as the exam season continues at pace. This week’s BTEC Celebration Event was testimony to the air of purpose and industry and exam calm throughout the college. And it’s the World Cup.
Lights! Camera! Action! No, I am not on the set of the new Star Wars movie but inspired by the talk given by Lord Chris Smith this week, who spoke to our Film and Media students about the future of the British Film industry. It was interesting to hear about how our movie going habits […]
Today UK boarding schools and colleges are often the most sought-after institutions, as not only do many now offer 21st century facilities, but high quality education and pastoral care.
A warm welcome back to the start of the summer term. It certainly has been warm! As temperatures are set to rise in the capital, it will inevitably happen at College too as the exam season begins in earnest next month.
Students from DLD College volunteer their time to lend a hand at Ambition Aspire Achieve, a local charity supporting young people.
This week we raised awareness of #MyFreedomDay our students took to the stage to perform to millions of people around the world of what freedom meant to them. The occasion was televised by CNN and the students were, as always, impressive on stage as they performed the likes of Coldplay, Oasis and their own personal compositions which reflected the value of freedom.
Due to the adverse weather conditions we are currently experiencing the College will be closing early today. It is important to ensure the safety and well-being of both students and staff and that all have sufficient time to make the journey home. The college day will therefore finish today at 3.05pm; all day students will […]
This week in the Principal’s Newsletter: Digital Innovators, Principal’s Question Time, Chinese New Year, Chrity Runs and a fond farewell to Mrs Clare Ellwood.
On Wednesday 21st February DLD Pride was invited to the Educate & Celebrate Bake Off Finals Event 2018, Educake & Celebake. The Bake Off Final is scheduled during LGBT+ History Month, where key figures and events from the LGBT+ community are celebrated and tolerance and equality are encouraged and promoted.
DLD College London Drama Club students took to the stage this week to perform their very first musical production, a rendition of ‘Guys and Dolls’.
The Drama Club here at DLD College London showcased their exceptional talents in their first musical production, a stunning rendition of Guys and Dolls.
DLD College London has been recognised for student progress and the advancement made between the end of Key Stage 4 to the completion of students’ A-levels.
Endeavour, dedication, leadership and diversity – no I’m not talking about the Winter Olympics which starts today in Pyongyang, Korea (and good luck to all athletes as they compete in temperatures of -10 and below!) , but the qualities I have seen in abundance here at College since I started at the beginning of this term. It’s been a busy few weeks as you can see from the numerous activities in this newsletter which I hope will become a regular feature of your inbox on Friday afternoons.
DLD College London recently took part in the Debating Matters Championships, one of the most prestigious debating competitions in the UK, at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Twelve schools battled it out for the crown of Debating Matters London South Champions. They tackled a number of difficult topics throughout the day.
On Friday students in the Art department here at DLD College London were visited by Cameron, a young graphic designer who works in London.
Nelson Mandela’s ex-body guard Chris Lubbe delivered an inspirational talk on discrimination to DLD College London students this week.
Chris Lubbe was Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard for eight years, and always by his side as he continued on his mission to unite South Africa. DLD were delighted to welcome Chris to the college as the first keynote speaker of 2018. He gave a moving and inspirational talk to students and staff on the topic of discrimination.
DLD College London recently announced the appointment of their new principal Irfan Latif. Mr Latif comes to DLD from Sexey’s School, Burton, where he was Headmaster for over four years.
We are delighted to announce that Mr Irfan Latif has been appointed as the new Principal at DLD College London and joined us at the beginning of this term.
Gareth Evans, Director of Studies at DLD College London, talks about A-Level Film Studies. Find the answers to all your questions here.
John Taylor joined DLD College London as Director of Boarding in August 2017. Here he answers some of our boarding related questions and offers insight into life at DLD College London.
An impressive display of talent was on show at the DLD College London Winter Concert this week with students also awarded for their outstanding achievements.
Not every school or college can walk a group of students to King’s College London for a special admissions lecture and personalised tour of their new campus. This is exactly what 18 DLD College London students enjoyed on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th November.
Here at DLD College Londonwe have marked the national month of ‘Movember’, with a series of innovative events.
Ahead of Anti-Bullying Week, DLD College London welcomed Elly Barnes MBE from Educate and Celebrate to encourage LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) discussion. A brand new DLD LGBT+ group has been set up so students can have a safe place to discuss any issues they have in an inclusive and friendly environment.
DLD College London has consolidated its senior leadership team with the addition of highly experienced boarding school housemaster, Thomas Hadcroft. Thomas will be taking on the role of Deputy Principal for Boarding and Welfare.
Students at DLD College London are celebrating posting yet another set of magnificent A-Level exam results this year. Students set a record this year with an overall pass rate of 98%. An incredible 38% of students posted A*-A grades, while 63% scored A*-B and 84% achieved A*-C grades.
DLD College London students experienced the life of a journalist recently as they visited the Financial Times for a series of workshops on leaders
Students and staff here at DLD College London, were treated to cakes on Wednesday 15th November to help highlight Anti-Bullying Week 2017.
DLD Music students took part in a workshop on the long running musical Les Miserables at the Prince of Wales theatre in the heart of the West End.
Alpha Scholars and students who are members of the Bigger Picture Society (a Faculty of Social Science initiative) visited the Financial Times head office for a series of workshops on leadership.
DLD College London are pleased to announce that it has recently subscribed to Britanica Digital Learning. This digital version of the Encyclopedia Britannica provides a wonderful learning resource which is available for DLD students inside and outside college.
GCSE Art Students took a trip to the National Gallery this week, taking in famous works of art by the likes of Da Vinci, Van Gogh and Bronzino.
A wide and impressive array of talent in performing arts was on display this week at the annual DLD College London talent show, DLD Star Search. While all the entries wowed the audience packed into the college’s impressive atrium, the winner was BTEC student Cairo Folkes who blew everyone away with a virtuoso piano performance of jazz improvisation.
An impressive level of talent in performing arts has been showcased at the recent DLD College London annual talent show.
DLD Art students impressed at the annual ISA Art Competition this year. Two of our students won awards in two of the most competitive categories.
DLD College London Art students took a trip to the frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park. Viet Anh Nguyen gives us his impressions on the fair.