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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 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.



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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Summer Ball 2018

Seventh Annual Summer Ball 2018

DLD College London students had an exceptional night at their seventh annual Summer Ball, held at the prestigious Underglobe on the bank of the River Thames.

DLD College Students National Day With CNN News

DLD College London Highlights My Freedom Day with CNN News

DLD College London welcomed renowned news channel CNN, to mark My Freedom Day on Wednesday 14 March. Students at the Westminster Bridge-based College participated in a number of activities to raise awareness of modern day slavery and human-trafficking, a project spearheaded by CNN. The news channel filmed at the college during the day, capturing DLD’s […]

DLD College London Evelina Children's Hospital Charity Run

DLD Students Charity Run for Evelina Children’s Hospital

For the second year running students and staff here at DLD College London, set out on a challenge to complete either a 5k or 10K charity run for Evelina Children’s Hospital at Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

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

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.

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 Students Harry Potter

DLD London Students Under The Spell Of Harry Potter

On the 12th December staff took 100 students to the Harry Potter studios in Watford. The Warner Brother’s Studio Tour is always such a successful trip and many students cite it as an influence for them entering the film making industry. The students grew up reading the books and watching the films so this tour […]

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.

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.

DLD College London A-Level Science Results

Science Faculty A-Level Results 2017

The Science Faculty at DLD College London are delighted with this year’s A-Level results. Hard working students posted a perfect 100% pass rate this year.

DLD College London Annual BTEC Awards (5)

BTEC Awards 2017

The BTEC Awards are an annual opportunity for students, teachers, schools and colleges to be rewarded for their achievements in skills-based learning.

DLD College London Annual Art Exhibition 2017

Annual Art Exhibition

Students here at DLD College London recently showcased their creative talents during the Annual Art Exhibition hosted at the college.

DLD College London Art Exhibition

End of Year Art Exhibition 2017

You are invited to the annual DLD College London Art Exhibition on Wednesday 28th June between 4.30pm and 6.30m. RSVP here.

Abbey DLD Mexico Launch

Abbey DLD Launches in Mexico

Abbey DLD launched in Mexico this week, looking for students who want to study at one of our colleges; DLD College London, Abbey College Cambridge and Abbey College Manchester.

DLD Summer Ball News

Summer Ball 2017

Students celebrated the end of their academic year with the sixth annual Summer Ball.

DLD College London CIFE Awards Ceremony 2017

CIFE Awards Ceremony 2017

Karabo Sankoloba was presented with the DLD CIFE College Award by Lord Lexden OBE at a ceremony held at the House of Lords.

DLD College London Community Riverside Litter Clean

Community Riverside Litter Clean

On Saturday 1st April two of our staff took some of our A Level Environmental ECA students to the Community Riverside Litter Clean in Newham.

DLD College London TV Presenting Workshop

TV Presenting Workshop

DLD College London is proud to present this exciting workshop on television presenting. Led by Channel 4 presenter, Jodie McCallum.

DLD College London visits London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

The Principal, Rachel Borland, kindly invested in two sets of tickets for the Art & Design department to take two students along to attend the London Fashion Week on Friday, 24th February.

DLD College London World Book Day

World Book Day 2017

For World Book Day this year, we were lucky enough to welcome back Russell Frost. Russell runs his own letterpress print and design company, Hooksmith Press, based in the East End of London.

DLD College London Evelina Charity Run

Evelina Charity Run

Spirits were high on a very cold and grey Saturday morning as both students and staff set out on a challenge to complete either a 5k or 10k run in aid of Evelina Children’s Hospital.

Sarah J. Coleman at DLD College London

Sarah J. Coleman Returns to DLD

Guest speaker Sarah J. Coleman, one of the UK’s leading illustrators and typographers, returned to DLD College London to give another talk about creativity.

DLD College London School of Rock Trip

School Of Rock

Music and Drama students from DLD College London took a trip to the New London Theatre, Drury Lane on Thursday 26th January 2017 to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s critically acclaimed musical School of Rock.