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Category: Principal’s Blog

From the Principal #82

5th June 20

The recent events in the US have shocked and saddened the world. The murder of an unarmed black man in police custody has caused much pain and distress. Demonstrations have broken out in America and across the globe following the death of George Floyd, who died after a white officer held him down by pressing…

From the Principal #81

22nd May 20

This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is very appropriately ‘Kindness’ which is one of the College’s core values along with ‘Tolerance’ and ‘Respect’.  Kindness is the common thread that keeps us together and connected from a distance, helping to alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety and isolation – something we can all do…

From The Principal #80

15th May 20

Although the lockdown is starting to be relaxed, there is no relaxation yet in sight for our students. Within the next few weeks until the end of term, we have some key academic events taking place such as the start of the UCAS process next week for all Year 12 students, the progression exams for…

From the Principal #79

9th May 20

As the nation celebrates the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, I thought I would delve into the archives and find out how DLD College London coped during the war. ‘Educational requirements did not cease with the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, although there was a discontinuation of the Civil Service Examinations. Therefore,…

From the Principal #78

1st May 20

‘Nothing is impossible’ is a phrase I have often used to help me see beyond a problem and look at finding possible solutions and to stay strong. And the phrase has taken on a new meaning as we combat this global pandemic that has made life, at times, seem impossible. Captain Tom, who celebrated his…

From The Principal #77

24th April 20

Welcome back to the start of the new summer term and I hope you all had a good Easter, albeit a very different one. The past five weeks have certainly been strange – we have all had to adopt to new ways of living, working and socialising (I wish I had bought shares in Zoom!)….

From The Principal #76

3rd April 20

I often talk about the strength of the DLD community and how fortunate we are to be part of such a strong support network. This week, our remaining boarders who are in lockdown in College, together with the Houseparents spent an evening creating posters to thank the NHS staff. They are now posted onto the…

From the Principal #75

27th March 20

British schools have never had to work under such challenging circumstances since WW2. With the whole of the UK in lockdown since Monday evening of this week, I have been overwhelmed by the determination and resilience demonstrated by our students and staff. I would like to publicly thank all of my staff, both teachers and…

From the Principal #74

20th March 20

The strength of the DLD Community has never been so evident as these last few days as we all come to terms with the rapidly changing Coronavirus situation. The unwavering support of all the staff at DLD College has been incredible to see and I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for everything that…

From the Principal #73

13th March 20

We are living in uncertain times globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is a worrying and stressful time for many in our community. I therefore want to reassure you that our aim at DLD College London is always to put the best interests of our students first. We are a place of education…