Enrichment

There are many exciting activities offered by the college to supplement and extend the excellent work done in the classroom. Our Super-Curricular programme is built around our students needs and wants, supporting them on their journey to the next destination of their choice.

Weekly Co-Curricular Activity Programme

This is a sample programme.

 

 

 

As a student at DLD, our expectation is that you will be involved in enrichment activities and understand the benefits of developing your whole character. Our new timetable sets aside an hour at the end of every day for participation in the many clubs and societies which will be on offer.

CREATIVITY

“We encourage students to find inspiration and enjoyment in honing their creative skills “

Drama Club

Discover your hidden talent by developing your acting skills through expressing your individuality in our end of year production.

Film Club

This is a weekly event, held every Thursday evening at DLD. We host free screenings of the latest films for you to enjoy.

Life Drawing

Inspired by the human form, students are taught how to observe and record the shape, form, structure, scale, perspective, tone, light and shade.

Photography

Provides an enriching and creative opportunity that enhances your learning experience. All students get to explore studio and location shoots.

Portfolio Workshop

Enables Art, Graphic Communication and Photography students of all qualifications to build on coursework and prepare a personal body of work prior to university interview.

Private Music Lessons

We currently offer: Classical & Jazz Piano, Rock/ Classical Guitar, Singing, Drum Kit, Violin, Cello, Trumpet, Flute, Saxophone and Clarinet. We can also offer other instruments if you wish.

Recording Studio Club

Whether you are in a band, singer/songwriter, beat boxer, instrumentalist or want to record a radio sketch, we are here to help you create professional quality recordings of your work.

Rock School Band

Ever wanted to know what it takes to be in a band? Learn how to play a band instrument under expert tuition.

Ukulele Group

This is extremely popular with students and staff. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced you will be able to progress very quickly and even perform at one of our concerts!

Vocal Group

Welcomes all who are interested in any form of singing from soul to gospel, folk, classical, and pop. Get together and have a sing-along and take part in concerts of all kinds.

EVENTS

College life extends beyond the classroom and there are a wide range of events to enjoy.

Awards Ceremony

This is an annual event which celebrates students for their achievements and success.

A Level Recitals

Every year during the Spring term our A Level Music students record their Recital coursework. The Recital is open to other students, friends, tutors and parents to watch and becomes another opportunity to showcase DLD’s musical talent.

Charity Events

At DLD we are committed to giving back to the community. Every year, events are organised to support different charities.

End of year Art Show

This annual event takes place at the end of each academic year and features a selection of current GCSE, GCE and Foundation Art, Graphics and Photography students’ work.

New Parents’ Social Event

This takes place towards the end of September. It is an opportunity for the parents of new students to come to the College, meet tutors informally and find out more about how the College operates.

Public Lectures

Throughout the year, different faculties take their turn to host lectures at DLD. Guest speakers are invited to talk to students, staff, parents and members of the public.

Search for a DLD Star

This is a talent competition, which takes place during the first term. It is open to all students (and staff) and can include any type of performance style.

Summer Ball

Each year DLD hosts a Summer Ball which includes a sit down meal and fantastic music. This event is to celebrate the end of the students’ academic year.

Winter Concert

This takes place every year in December and we often have themes which includes music and poetry carefully selected to blend seamlessly into each other.

FITNESS

We recognise the benefits of regular physical activity and encourage our students to lead an active lifestyle.

Archery

Taking place at London Southbank University once a week this session takes focus, concentration and patience all of which are transferable skills students can take with them outside of the lesson.

Badminton

Offered once a week Badminton provides students the opportunity to both improve on their technical ability whilst improving cardiovascular fitness in a fun and friendly environment.

Basketball

This popular activity takes place once a week at a local sports centre. The sessions aim to improve technical ability, fitness levels and overall understanding of the sport in a fun yet competitive environment.

Boxing

Once a week this session promotes benefits such as stress relief, cardiovascular endurance and confidence as well as improving students’ knowledge of the technical aspects of the sport.

Boys’ football

This is a very popular activity here at DLD. We provide both fun and engaging sessions with the aim of improving ability and understanding of the sport. This year the Football team finished runners-up in the CIFE 7 a-side Tournament.

Circuit training

Taking place at London Southbank University’s FTZ (Functional training zone) once a week this form of body conditioning uses high-intensity aerobics and resistance training to improve students overall fitness and has proved to be very popular this year.

Mindfulness and wellbeing

Is a stress reduction technique to promote inner wellbeing. Come along and listen to calming music, bringing your focus to the present moment – a relaxing way to let go of stress and recharge in the middle of the day. This can be particularly useful during exam period!

Rock-climbing

This activity takes place once a week at West 1 Seymour Leisure Centre and allows students to combine creative thinking with physical outlet in a safe environment lead by expert instructors.

Yoga and meditation

Once a week, we offer classes in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. It is a modern day yoga that is a vigorous yet empathic form of workout that increases flexibility, tones your muscles, promotes weight loss and helps you fight stress.

STUDENT VOICE

Student Council

Students are encouraged to become part of the College Council to represent their year group, become ambassadors in the College and aim to help students feel welcome. The Student Council consists of 10-12 members with an elected Head, Deputy Head and Secretary. The Council meets regularly and aims to improve students’ everyday life at DLD and promote a sense of community across the College.

Mentoring Scheme

The Mentoring Scheme was started in 2011-12 and has proved to be very successful in helping students gain valuable experience in leadership, responsibility, motivation and communication. Designated AS and A2 students act as mentors for the younger students in need of extra support, whether for academic / language purposes or for social inclusion. The scheme is supervised by the Mentoring Coordinators and supported by senior members of staff.

Debating Club

The Debating Club meets weekly to discuss a range of current affairs including, EU membership, solution to the migrant crisis, stem cell research, GM foods, tax evasion and other themes. The students make suggestions for topics, decide whether they are for/against and then go off and research the issue. It has been an excellent opportunity for interested students to take a position and development their arguments.

Mentoring Scheme

The Mentoring Scheme was started in 2011-12 and has proved to be very successful in helping students gain valuable experience in leadership, responsibility, motivation and communication. Designated AS and A2 students act as mentors for the younger students in need of extra support, whether for academic / language purposes or for social inclusion. The scheme is supervised by the Mentoring Coordinators and supported by senior members of staff.

Debating Club

The Debating Club meets weekly to discuss a range of current affairs including, EU membership, solution to the migrant crisis, stem cell research, GM foods, tax evasion and other themes. The students make suggestions for topics, decide whether they are for/against and then go off and research the issue. It has been an excellent opportunity for interested students to take a position and development their arguments.

 

EDUCATIONAL TRIPS / VISITS

At DLD we fully endorse the Department for Education’s Learning Outside the Classroom manifesto. The provision of our curriculum is regularly supported by daily, after school or residential educational trips or visits organised by subject tutors. Our strategic location in central London means that students benefit from easy access to a great number of galleries, museums and theatres. Our college has a designated Educational Visit Coordinator (EVC), who ensures that trips abide by the current health and Safety regulatory requirements.

EPQ (EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION)

This gives students the opportunity to write an extended dissertation and deliver a presentation on a subject that is of particular interest to them. Students will be able to demonstrate that they can stretch and challenge themselves beyond the confines of the A Level syllabus and produce original research. It is also a good way of earning extra UCAS points which will enhance their university application.

Cross-curricular activities and cooperation is warmly encouraged and various members of staff have contributed to the 30 hours of teaching required.

Who should do an Extended Project?

Those wishing to apply to Oxbridge. The EPQ presentation itself would be an excellent preparation for the interview

Those who wish to enhance their application to other top universities

Those who wish to improve their academic writing skills and learn how to conduct original research

This is what three top universities have had to say about the EPQ:

Oxford

“Oxford recognises that the EP will provide an applicant with the opportunity to develop research and academic skills relevant for study at Oxford. Candidates are encouraged to draw upon their experience of undertaking the project when writing their personal statement, particularly if the topic is allied to their chosen degree course.”

Cambridge

“We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education.”

UCL

“UCL welcomes the introduction of the Extended Project into the curriculum, recognising that it will develop many of the skills necessary for successful study at university. For students presenting A levels, UCL will be accepting a pass in the Extended Project as an alternative to the need to offer a pass in a fourth subject at AS level.”