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There’s an informal ambience here, more akin to a college than a school, with staff and students on first name basis and no uniform. Located in a swanky, purpose-built site right in the heart of London, students of all abilities learn in small classes, whilst boarders reside in the upper floors. Despite some being disaffected when they arrive, it’s unusual for anyone to be anti-education after a few weeks. Not, however, for young people who prefer more traditional…

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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 Academic English, GCSE, A level, International Foundation Programmes (IFP) and BTEC. ...Read more

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Since January 2018, Irfan Latif BSc, previously head of Sexey's School in Somerset (40s). Read chemistry at King's College London followed by a PGCE. First teaching post was at Kidbrooke School in Greenwich, then taught at several independent schools, including Haberdashers' Aske's Boys, Whitgift and St Benedict's in Ealing, where he was head of chemistry and director of science. Before joining Sexey's he was deputy head at Bedford School. He and his teacher wife Jocelyn have two daughters.

Academic matters

College offers a two-year GCSE programme aimed at international students with intensive English tuition in the first term; a minority (usually those who are older or who have transferred from other schools where they started their GSCEs) do a one-year GCSE course. There's also a two year GCSE course increasingly popular with British students. Most take...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

DLD has two specialist tutors 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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