Co-Curricular Activities

At DLD College London, we emphasise the importance of a student’s involvement in co-curricular activities (CCAs) as a way of building their personal learning goals outside the classroom. We tailor our activities with individual guidance, support and care, providing students with over 50 clubs and activities to choose from, with the aim of getting students to try new things, develop new skills and build confidence within our safe school environment.

Our co-curricular activities support students’ learning outside their core studies through chosen subjects that they have a keen interest in. This can be a new activity that they have never tried before, or something they already know and love. CCAs cover a range of themes, with students attending a CCA Fair at the beginning of the academic year to sign up to activities of their choice. CCAs can vary from joining our DLD Dragons Esports Gaming Team, to learning about plants in the Horticulture Club – there’s something for everyone and we are always taking suggestions from students to develop and introduce new clubs that they would like to join at DLD!

What is a CCA?

Co-curricular activities (CCAs) are clubs and activities at school that are outside timetabled lessons. They are not graded and do not earn students’ academic credit but they do develop their personal skills and interests in subjects of their choice.

At DLD, we recommend that all our students attend at least one CCA of their choice. We believe the added benefits and additional learning experiences that students gain from CCAs are important to their development as a DLD student.

What are the benefits of CCAs?

CCAs develop interests and talents, stimulate creative thought, drive social and organisational skills, while at the same time allowing students to get involved in an activity of their choice.

This benefits the student through providing them with the space, tools and guidance to explore subjects outside the curriculum and to hone skills that they wish to develop.

Some examples of added benefits include:

  • Communication Skills.
  • Making friends outside of your peer group.
  • Stretching yourself academically.
  • Physical benefits of sport and fitness activities.
  • Providing structure to your school life.
  • Embedding yourself into the DLD community.

What CCAs are on offer?

The CCAs on offer at DLD change annually dependent on students interests in the activities. At the beginning of the academic year, students attend the CCA Fair in the Atrium where staff showcase the activities that are on offer and students can find out more and sign up to clubs of their choice.

Take a look at our 2022/2023 CCA timetable below which includes a range of sport, creative, academic and other interests’ activities to choose from:

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.

An educational visit from Metropolitan Police

The Sidings Business Development

Museum of Brands visit

Spooky Sociology Trip to Clink Prison Museum

Guest Speaker from Bayes Business School at City University of London

Art & Design Department Frieze School Trip

SCAD University visit DLD’s Art & Design Department

A Level History London Library Research Trip

New Scientist Live Event 2022

UCAS Create Your Future

Feminine Power Exhibition at the British Museum

Duke of Edinburgh Award

At DLD we are proud to be an approved Duke of Edinburgh Award centre. Offering students the chance to complete their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

DofE is a life changing experience that DLD recognises as a huge benefit to participating young people and we encourage our students to get involved. It’s an opportunity to have fun with friends, discover new talents and interests while developing transferable skills and increasing employability.

The awards are split into 4 sections – volunteering, physical, skills and expedition. It is a way for students to challenge themselves and work towards leadership roles. It requires determination, teamwork and accountability, skills that are welcomed by employers and universities.

Autumn Half Term Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

Volunteering recognition from Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award scheme

Charlotte Achieves her Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition Success

Sport and Fitness

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

We have a range of onsite facilities including:

  • An outdoor multi-use games area – used for recreational activities such as basketball
  • Indoor gym, dance studio and swimming pool – used for yoga, boxing and fitness activities programme
Outdoor multi-use games area
On-site gym, studio and swimming pool

Off-site facilities that we use include:

  • Archbishop’s Park (5min walk) – used for Football &Netball
  • Mindset Gym (4min walk) – used for boxing and strength & conditioning
  • The Castle Centre (15min walk) – used for basketball and badminton
Archbishops Park    
Mindset Gym
The Castle Centre