“To provide a safe and stimulating learning environment, which maximises individual potential and ensures every student is well equipped to meet future challenges”
At DLD we believe that students develop best if they feel part of a community, and the most effective way to achieve this is to create an atmosphere of mutual respect.
We place high importance of the personal approach to the care and support of our students; small class sizes and a wide range of co-curricular activities enable students to settle quickly into the DLD community.
Led by the Vice Principal Welfare, our dedicated Welfare team offer consistent and tailored support to our students ensuring that each student feels valued, supported, and equipped to manage their studies and their transition into further education or a career.
Every student has a dedicated Personal Tutor, a Director of Studies, and a Director of Welfare. Students also have access to medical provisions and health and emotional advice from our College Nurse, support from our Student Services team, and, for boarders, 24 hour support from our boarding staff team.
For boarders, DLD college is their home away from home, we strive to provide a caring, inclusive, and nurturing environment. Welfare provision to our students extends beyond the college day ensuring that our dedicated boarding team are supporting students in their studies, in creating and maintaining friendships, and learning the life skills necessary to progress.
ISI Inspection, 2011
‘Students like being at the college and are very happy with the personal support they receive; they feel well looked after and are very appreciative of the help and guidance given generously by the staff. They develop strong personal skills in a pleasant, family atmosphere. The wide mix of nationalities works well together in a friendly, safe and supportive environment.’
“DLD is an awesome college, it is one of the best in London. I found it surprisingly easy to settle into college life as everyone is friendly, supportive and easy to approach.” – Karabo Sankoloba, AS Level Student, 2015
Our dedicated team of boarding staff are led by our Director of Boarding, John Taylor. Each student receives support from a member of the team not only during regular boarding hours but at scheduled meetings each week. The Houseparents act as the first contact for boarders outside of teaching hours, each Houseparents aims to be approachable, friendly, and welcoming to support the boarders in their home away from home.
The Director of Boarding, John Taylor, and the Houseparents can be contacted 24 hours a day while the boarders are in residence and the boarding staff strive to provide regular and constructive feedback to parents about their child’s progress.
DLD provides medical care and support from our College Nurse and our team of first-aid trained staff. Our medical centre provides students with a safe place to come to receive medical care, advice about physical and mental health issues, and emotional support.
Working with the local Heath Centre, the Nurse ensures that all boarders are registered with a GP and will assist students with booking and attending doctors’ appointments, collecting and safely administering prescriptions, and ensuring that Parents are properly involved with the medical care of their child.
DLD aims to promote good health amongst our students encouraging them to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices. For more information about DLD College Medical Policies please see our Policies page.