Davies, Laing and Dick (or DLD as it’s now known) was founded in 1931 to provide tutoring for Oxbridge and Colonial Service entrance exams. Though many changes in education have taken place in the numerous decades that followed, our vision and fundamental aim of helping individual students to achieve their academic potential has remained the same.
DLD College London is a co-educational, independent day and boarding school of diverse thinking and influences. Housed in a futuristic building with cutting-edge facilities and 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 student-focused environment, our students benefit from amazing learning and teaching opportunities with many progressing to join some of the finest universities. Our multi-award-winning provision will be available to students age 13-19 when our new Year 9 opens in September 2023.
Their super curricular programme encompasses Academic Societies which are scheduled in response to the academic aspirations of the DLD students. In addition they run a number of competitions throughout the academic year.
The College offers Academic English to all international students as standard within their timetable. The College is also an IELTS test centre. Students will study IELTS until they achieve their necessary grade for progression to University.
DLD College London has a total of 300 pupils of which 169 in the senior school are Boarders. The College has a total of 223 international students. The earliest age to Board at DLD College is 14.
DLD College London offer a wide range of A Level courses, helping our students achieve their potential and making certain that they achieve the best possible academic qualifications.
Their A Level courses are normally taught over two years. There are opportunities to study Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics, Chemistry and Physics over 18 months starting in January (minimum 5.5 IELTS score required). Further subjects may also be available over 18 months subject to discussion and agreement at interview. In addition, one year retake options are available.
They offer a two-year experience for students in Years 10 and 11 to gain renowned qualifications which span a broad range, from well-established traditional subjects to those that are cutting-edge and innovative giving a strong basis for further study and A Level choices as well as the world of work. Students will study a core set of GCSEs and are then able to choose between traditional GCSE subjects or BTEC awards in Business, Performing Arts, Sport and the ground-breaking new Esports BTEC. The BTEC qualifications are equivalent to a GCSE, recognised by universities and provide a real insight into the many career opportunities that are available in these industries, thereby informing future study choices.
We also offer a one-year programme which focuses on a selection of traditional subjects that properly equip students for progression to the A Level programme.
DLD College London is the only school in Central London with Boarding in the same building. Living immediately above the school, we want our boarders to feel that this is their ‘home away from home’, and to that end their holistic, all-round pastoral care is delivered through their small House communities, each led by one of their team of Resident Houseparents, who can be contacted 24/7. Their commitment to our students’ personal development was commended in their 2019 ISI Inspection, with 100% of boarders telling them they felt safe, happy, and at home there with them.
Their amazing city centre location means they can offer activities and trips which are second to none. If they go to the theatre, they go to the West End. A concert? The Albert Hall. A football match? Wembley. Unlike some other boarding schools, they encourage boarders to be able to explore London safely, with support structures in place to keep everyone safe, and to get the most out of living in the most exciting city on earth
At DLD College London, wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do. Dedicated wellbeing staff and services contribute to their award-winning pastoral care by providing a safe and happy environment underwritten by trust and respect. They aim to support and nurture students to grow and develop as confident young people within the DLD community and beyond.