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And now for something completely different. How many schools can boast 14 storeys of boarding accommodation and common spaces stacked high over three floors of classrooms and accessed via lift? DLD boarders luxuriate in (mainly) ensuite single rooms with blackout blind, a full wardrobe and loads of storage. ‘Premier’ rooms even have their own kitchens and a wetroom. The boarding common room has a view of the Shard. Forget Travelodge; think Double Tree by Hilton! Floors are separated by…

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DLD College London is a 13-19 co-educational, independent day and boarding school of diverse thinking and influences. Housed in a futuristic building with cutting-edge facilities with 5* urban boarding on-site, it sits opposite the Houses of Parliament on the vibrant South Bank. London is very much our classroom!

With a caring, supportive and pupil-focused environment, our pupils benefit from amazing learning and teaching opportunities with many progressing to join some of the finest universities in the UK and the world.

Our multi-award-winning provision will be available to students age 13-19 when our new Year 9 opens in September 2023.

A distinctive, multi-award-winning independent school on the South Bank in London:

* Developing confident & independent young people
* First class teaching and wellbeing support
* Expert university guidance
* Unique learning opportunities
* Award-winning pastoral care and 5* boarding
* 'London is our classroom' vibe

Much like the city that we call home, DLD College London is a fusion of the historic and the modern. Our history dates back to 1931, and we still hold close traditional values such as academic rigour, discipline, kindness and exam success. We have combined these values with a focus on pupil-wellbeing and personal development which means that DLD graduates are well-prepared for life after school.

As central London’s only purpose built on-campus boarding school, studying at DLD puts you in the heart of the city. Students wake up to the iconic London skyline, and our home on the South Bank puts some of London’s best leisure, cultural and entertainment experiences on your doorstep.

Our co-curricular programme of after-school and weekend clubs make the most of our amazing location whilst ensuring that pupils remain healthy, safe and focused on their studies.
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Since 2018, Irfan Latif BSc PGCE FRSA FRSC. Educated at Emanuel School in south London, he went on to study chemistry at King’s College London, where he also did his teacher training. Taught at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, followed by stints as senior housemaster at Whitgift School, deputy head (academic) at Bedford School, and five years as head of state boarding school Sexey’s in Somerset. Born in Chelsea and raised in Clapham, he clearly relishes being back in the big smoke – it’s an exciting job in an exciting school in an exciting city.

Fond of the expression, ‘London is our classroom!’ During our interview, Irfan (everyone’s on first name terms here) rattled off, ‘We’re taking boarders to Wembley to watch the football tomorrow’; ‘We’re going to see...

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Special Education Needs

DLD has two specialist teachers to help students with moderate dyslexia and other learning difficulties. Students with SEMH would require an assessment, other difficulties accepted, pending resources and need.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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