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DLD College

Address: 199 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7FX
Founded: 1931
Number of Pupils: 400
Ages: 14-19
Fees: Domestic day students: £24,670
Head Teacher: Irfan Latif
Entrance Procedure: Selective based on assessment and interview.
Religious Affiliation: All religions welcome
Contact: Admissions
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Private tours welcomed by appointment, termly open evenings. Details at

The Curriculum

DLD offers a range of courses and programmes including A-level, BTEC, one year intensive and two year GCSE courses. Small class sizes allow for dedicated and focused student-staff contact.

Games & the Arts

We excel at creativity and have many opportunities across art, design, photography, film and drama. Weekly PE lessons use the on-site gym or local outdoor sports area. Clubs include basketball, boxing, football, yoga, circuit training and badminton.

Pastoral Care

Student wellbeing is at the centre of our philosophy with a dedicated wellbeing centre in the heart of the school. Judged Excellent at inspection and the first UK school to receive the Gold Standard Boarding School Mental Health Award, we are STEER accredited and a beacon school, able to demonstrate proactive, targeted, evidence-based pastoral care. Also winners of both the recent ISA and BSA Awards in the Wellbeing category. 

University Places

Oxbridge, Russell Group universities, and art and music colleges in the UK and USA with applications supported by specialist university tutors.

Head teacher’s Philosophy

‘I believe education is about more than grades. It is an awareness of the world, independent thought and values, the benefits of team sport, of culture, of academic ambition and learning with enthusiasm; of growing up in a safe and caring community where all are passionate about what they do. That is what we aspire to and, I am confident, deliver.’

Outstanding Characteristics

Winner of 5 national awards including Independent School of the Year Special Judges’ Award and Boarding School of the Year 2020. The college offers exceptional student wellbeing and the best in urban boarding. It is noted for friendliness and informality, treating students as young adults with autonomy. There is flexible pupil-centred learning, helping students to build confidence in their own abilities. Contemporary and cutting-edge teaching is performed in ultra-modern educational facilities in its iconic location overlooking the Houses of Parliament.

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