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Still focused on helping individual students reach their potential, it is now one of 21 schools owned by private education company Alpha Plus and is primarily a boarding school, offering a safe bridge between school and university. Strong ‘learning support’ department - ‘We don’t believe in labelling,’ says the head - provides one-to-one attention, liaising with subject teachers and monitoring progress.‘London is our playing field,’ says the head. Over 50 extracurricular activities provided on site, from creative writing to Model UN... 


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DLD College was founded in 1931 and is one of the oldest independent colleges in London. In September 2015 DLD College London entered an exciting new phase of its life when it moved across London to a brand new, purpose built campus in the heart of London overlooking Westminster and the Thames River. Today, DLD College has around 500 students studying GCSE, A level, BTEC, International Foundation Programmes (IFP) or Academic Preparation Course (APC). ...Read more

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Since 2018, Irfan Latif BSc PGCE FRSA FRSC (40s). 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. At which point, he was approached to head DLD. ‘I relished the challenge of running a boarding school in London,’ he says. A natural urbanite, decisive, fast-talking and energetic, he has quickly brought DLD into line - ‘There were some pastoral issues in the past which needed addressing; things needed to change’ - and is already planning ahead for expansion to 600 students.

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Special Education Needs

DLD has two specialist teachers to help students with moderate dyslexia and other learning difficulties. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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