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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 2013, Rachel Borland BEd MA. Originally principal of both DLD and Abbey College in London, until they integrated on a single, purpose-built site with student accommodation on Westminster Bridge Road in 2015. Previously principal of Abbey College in Birmingham, as well as principal of the largest private boarding school in Nigeria. In addition, she’s been assistant director of studies at the British Council in both Hong Kong and Jordan, and she also worked at Bath University.

A self-acclaimed workaholic, she is both amenable and easy-going – with no hint of the stereotypical authority of more traditional headteachers. Known among colleagues as being inspirational and collaborative. ‘No decision is taken alone by me, although I’m inevitably the finisher,’ she says. Typical day involves arriving at 6.30am, checking in with boarding...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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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