The River Thames outside DLD College London

Category: Principal’s Blog

From the Principal #120

2nd July 21

They think it’s all over; it is now! No, I’m not talking about the historic England win over Germany in UEFA Euro 2020 (is football coming home?), dispelling some 50 years of collective hurt on the football pitch, but the end to one of the strangest school years of our lives. No one can deny…

From the Principal #119

25th June 21

As we edge towards the end of the academic year, it has been fantastic to see the students embracing the learning outside of the classroom over the last week or so. This week’s theme has been “Exploring London” and has included visits to museums and universities, delivering presentations, and starting to think about future ambitions;…

From the Principal #118

18th June 21

As many of you will know from previous publications, today is the date for the submission of the TAGs (Teachers Assessed Grades) and I am very grateful to all my colleagues for their hard work and commitment in completing what proved to be a demanding task. I am particularly grateful to Bryan Whittaker, our Examinations…

From the Principal #117

11th June 21

Another warm welcome from the college at the end of our first week back after the half-term break and indeed the warm weather is allowing the community the ability to use our outdoor spaces more and more. It has been great to see the new multi-purpose sports pitch being increasingly used during the day and…

From the Principal #116

28th May 21

This has been a very busy and academically focused first half of the Summer Term, with assessments for our Year 11, Year 13 and Year 14 students in the school. Staff have been working tremendously hard to produce the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs), which replace the summer exams due to the pandemic. I hope they…

From the Principal #115

21st May 21

It has been a difficult year to manage the changing environment due to COVID-19. It changed many of the things we took for granted, such as seeing our families and places we can visit. At DLD College London we adapted the way we delivered our lessons by going online to keep all of our students…

From the Principal #114

14th May 21

As we edge closer to the half term break, I am struck by the efforts of students and staff alike as we work towards final assessments, as well as examinations for IFP and IELTS. The students have worked incredibly hard to overcome the challenges of lockdown, uncertainty and change, but the end is in sight! Throughout…

From the Principal #113

7th May 21

May and June are traditionally key months in the academic calendar and this year is no different. Getting back into the normal routine and being face to face, students have completed their Milestone tests in the past couple of weeks. I wrote to you last month to give some details about the Teacher Assessed Grades…

From the Principal #112

30th April 21

Over the past couple of weeks it certainly has felt that Spring has arrived in London and, with the students back in classes, it does feel that things are moving back towards greater normality. It was fantastic last week to work with the new Student Council members during their team-building weekend and the energy and…

From the Principal #111

23rd April 21

It is a privilege to be in my position as an educator, to watch the children in our care develop and grow into responsible young adults. And more importantly, be given a voice to share their thoughts, opinions and needs. This week, I have seen students preparing for leadership, looking at different leadership styles and…