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DLD College London News: Onwards & Upwards

Onwards and Upwards

We were very pleased to welcome to our our Onwards and Upwards fair 20 representatives from a range of universities that included Imperial College, UCL, Bristol and King’s College London.

DLD College London News: New Scientist

New Scientist Visit

Last week DLD students attended the New Scientist Live 2019 event at the ExCel centre, which showcased over 120 incredible talks and inspiring speakers across 7 stages.

DLD College London Event: Maasai Guest Speaker

Maasai Talk at DLD

On Tuesday 15th October, we had the privilege to welcome Jonathan Simel, the founder of a Kenyan charity organisation called Maasai Youth Outreach.

DLD College London Press Release 2019: Global Kitchen Opening

Opening of the Global Kitchen

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 Open MIC Event

Open MIC Event at DLD

DLD College London recently hosted an open MIC Event, allowing students to show off their talents to the college.

DLD College London Principal Ifran Latif

Autumn Term, Oustanding Exam Results & Global Kitchen

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?



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


Waterloo Festival

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.

DLD College London LAMDA

LAMDA Examinations

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.

DLD College London English Exams

Academic English Exam Success

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.

DLD College London Principal's Newsletter

Graduation Ceremony, Exams & Silent Discos

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 London News: DLD Goes Plastic Free

DLD Goes Plastic Free

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 A Level Artwork

Easter Artwork

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.

DLD College London A Level Physics Trip to Imperial College

Physics Trip to Imperial

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.

DLD College London Students at Duke of Edinburgh Over Easter

Easter Duke of Edinburgh

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!

DLD College London Drama Club

Drama Club – A Servant of Two Masters

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 Student Council 2019-2020

New Student Council 2019-2020

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!

DLD College London A Level Student Trip to Paris

A Trip to Paris

“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.

DLD College London DJ Night Success

DJ Night Success

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.

DLD College London Netball News

Netball News

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.

DLD College London A Level Film Studies Students in NYU Lecture

Dana Polan Meets A Level Film Studies Students

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.

DLD College London Football Champions

DLD 1st XI Crowned ICL Spring Term League Champions 2019

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.

DLD College London Spring A Level Recital

Spring A Level Recital

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!

DLD College London Oxford and Cambridge Conference

Oxford and Cambridge Conference

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.

DLD College London Model United Nations Conference

Model United Nations Conference

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.

DLD College London Physics Trip to Cern

Physics Trip to Cern

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.

DLD College London Band

DLD Band

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.

DLD College London Evelina London Children's Hospital Runners

Congratulations to Evelina Runners

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.

DLD College London Classics Lecture

Classics Lecture

On Thursday Classics students returned to Gresham College to hear a fascinating lecture by the well-established classical scholar Edith Hall.

DLD College London BTEC Students Visit Harrods

BTEC students Visit Harrods

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.

Students from the DLD College London Senior Maths Team Challenge Team

UK Senior Maths Challenge

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.

DLD College London Vice Principal Tom Hadcroft

From the Vice Principal

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.

DLD College London Regent Brass Band

Regent Brass Band

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.

DLD College London DJ Night

DJ Night

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.

DLD College London A Level Film and BTEC Media Workshop

Film Workshop

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 Trip

BFI BTEC Media Trip

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 Evelina London Children's Hospital Donation

Last Chance to Donate to Evelina London Children’s Hospital

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.

DLD College London Pancake Day Celebrations

Pancake Day

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 New Library Opening

Opening of the New Library

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.

DLD College London Duke of Edinburgh Practice

Duke of Edinburgh Practice

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 Volunteering at Ambition Aspire Achieve

Volunteering at Ambition Aspire Achieve

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.

DLD College London Art Trip

A Career in Art?

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:

DLD College London opens doors to new Wellbeing Centre

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.

DLD College London Christmas Concert

DLD Christmas Concert 2018

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!

Predicting the Future

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.

DLD College London A-Level Art Students Visit National Gallery

A-Level Art Trip to the National Gallery

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.

DLD College London Milestone Tests

Milestone Tests, Christmas is Coming!

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.

DLD College London Open Evening

Open Evening and Remembrance

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

DLD College London Spanish trip to the V&A Museum

Spanish Trip to the V&A Museum

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.

DLD College London: Remembrance Day

Time to Remember

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.

DLD College London BTEC Business Students Visit Foodbank

BTEC Business Students visit Waterloo Foodbank

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.

Movember 2018

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.

DLD College London Halloween Banquet

Horrible Halloween Banquet

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.

Star Search

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.

DLD College London Graduation 2018

DLD Graduation 2018

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.

DLD College London BTEC Celebration

BTEC Celebration at DLD College London

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

Exams, Football, Ramadan, and much more. It’s been a busy week.

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.

A-Level Exams, BTEC Celebration and the World Cup

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!

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 […]

DLD College London Freedom Day

Freedom, Amadeus & The Future

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.

Early Closure of College Due to Adverse Weather Conditions

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 […]

DLD College London Educate Bake off

Educake & Celebake

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 Drama Club Present Guys and Dolls

Drama Students Shine on Stage

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’.

DLD Drama Club Present Guys and Dolls

DLD Drama Club Shine on Stage

The Drama Club here at DLD College London showcased their exceptional talents in their first musical production, a stunning rendition of Guys and Dolls.

Endeavour, Dedication, Leadership, Diversity

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 Debating Team

Debating Matters Championships

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.

Graphic Designer Cameron Visits DLD College London

Cameron Visits DLD Art Students

On Friday students in the Art department here at DLD College London were visited by Cameron, a young graphic designer who works in London.

DLD College London Welcome Chris Lubbe

Nelson Mandela’s Bodyguard Inspires DLD Students to Succeed

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 Appoint New Principal

New Principal for DLD College London

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.

DLD College London A-Level Film Studies CIFE Article

What is Film Studies?

Gareth Evans, Director of Studies at DLD College London, talks about A-Level Film Studies. Find the answers to all your questions here.

DLD College London King's College London Visit

King’s College London Visit

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.

DLD College London Movember Cycling Challenge


Here at DLD College Londonwe have marked the national month of ‘Movember’, with a series of innovative events.

Educate and Celebrate Visit DLD College London

DLD College London Introduce Educate and Celebrate Scheme

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 A-Level results 2016

DLD College London Celebrate with Another Year of Excellent Results

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 Love Cake hate Bullies Day

Love Cakes Hate Bullies

Students and staff here at DLD College London, were treated to cakes on Wednesday 15th November to help highlight Anti-Bullying Week 2017.

DLD College London Les Miserables Workshop

Les Miserables Workshop

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.

DLD College London Alpha Scholars Visit Financial Times

Alpha Scholars Visit the Financial Times

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 Britannica Digital Learning

Britannica Digital Learning

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.