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DLD College London
DLD College London
DLD College London
DLD College London
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DLD College London South Bank, London Visit
DLD College London
South Bank
350 pupils, ages 13-19
Day and Boarding

DLD College London

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Students flourish in the informal, forward-thinking atmosphere of this Alpha Plus school which feels dynamic and grown-up, quite different to a traditional independent school. Expect no uniforms and first names for everyone – including the teachers.


Just five minutes’ walk from Westminster Tube station, the DLD College London campus is right in the centre of the capital with the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames on the doorstep. It’s dominated by a cool, curved futuristic tower, with 15 cylindrical steel-and-glass storeys.

Inside, there’s a light-filled multipurpose atrium that’s used for assemblies and as a social space; above that are more than 50 state-of-the-art classrooms, study hubs inspired by WeWork, plus a 70-seat theatre, media and science labs, art, graphics and photography studios, a broadcast studio and music practice rooms.


The personable and energetic head, Irfan Latif, tells us that DLD stands for ‘development, leadership and diversity’. His aim is to create independent learners who have the confidence to grapple with academic challenges, build positive relationships and make the most of their individual potential. Mr Latif joined in 2018; previously he was head at Sexey's (a boarding school in Somerset) for five years.


Victoria Davies Jones is head of admissions – she has worked in the educational sector both in the UK and abroad for over 25 years', so has plenty of experience in helping students settle in. The school is non-selective; pupils can start aged 14 (they must provide a past school report and attend an interview) and 16. Those joining for A-levels or BTEC programmes must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above. Anyone wanting to take the International Foundation Programme must have passed GCSE English or have an overall IELTS score of 5.0.

There are bursaries and scholarships available, valued at between five and 50 per cent of fees, as well as the Alpha Scholars Programme (also up to 50 per cent) for students who can demonstrate brilliance and leadership qualities.

Academics and destinations

Academics are important here, and pupils are expected to be engaged in, and take ownership of their educational journey (the head encourages them to identify their personal legacy and what they want to achieve during their time here). The school offers a wealth of GCSES (which can also be taken as an intensive one-year course) and A-levels. There are options to study vocational BTEC qualifications in business, performing arts, sports management and creative digital media production too – and new this year, Esports, which covers everything from online streaming to sports marketing, management and competitive gaming.

For international students, there is an Academic Preparation Course – a one-year course that can be taken before GCSEs or A-levels – and the International Foundation Programme, a one-year alternative to A-levels. Classes rarely have more than 10 pupils which means there’s tons of individual support, including dedicated university advisors. Lots of leavers go on to Russell Group universities, especially those in London such as Imperial, King's College and UCL.


Pupils head to nearby Archbishop’s Park, which has football and tennis courts, for sport. The school has football, netball and basketball teams. There is also an on-site gym, pool and opportunities to learn rowing for those who are interested.

The school day has been recently restructured to include a dedicated hour for co-curricular activities each afternoon, with more than 50 different options for students to pick from – from animation and boxing to chemistry Olympiads, public speaking and a ukulele band. The school is keen to deliver a holistic education and encourages pupils to get involved in the arts and sciences beyond the core exam content (plenty of speakers from these fields come in to talk to students).

Work experience is encouraged and partnerships have been established between local institutions, such as St Thomas’ Hospital, so that aspiring medical students can shadow doctors. Community projects including local food banks, Evelina London Children's Hospital (part of St Thomas's) and the Sutton Trust ensure that pupils are not confined to a privileged bubble.


Full boarders make up 60 per cent of the pupil body – and it’s no wonder DLD College London has won awards for the experience it offers. Accommodation – 200 single rooms, all with an ensuite, and arranged around the building’s central atrium – feels like university halls and there are comfortable common rooms with far-reaching views across London. The structure of the boarding is built around close-knit huddles, which aim to encourage communities of friendship. Weekend activities are all about getting out and exploring the capital.

School community

At the Wellbeing Centre, pupils have access to nursing, counselling, life coaching, as well as neurodiversity specialists who provide learning support. In fact, the focus on wellness is so outstanding here that DLD College London is the first school in the UK to win the gold award for ‘Mental Health in Boarding’, awarded by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence. In addition, there is a mentoring and tutor system to support new and younger children settle into the school. We love the sound of ‘Monopoly day’, when pupils visit all the streets on the board game so they can get their bearings in the city. The school house system is also London-based with each one named after a Tube station.

Pupils tell us that school rules are simple and centre around punctuality, respect and tolerance for others. Boarders have curfews, and the school ensures individual safety with an app called Reach, which enables pupils to let the school know where they are when they head off campus. Graduation ceremonies are held in the Houses of Parliament, and students organise their own prom (even managing the budget too) in an iconic setting. Past locations include the Globe Theatre.

And finally....

Diverse DLD College London is ideal for independent teens who want the space to develop their own strengths and might feel hemmed in somewhere more traditional. And it’s worth knowing that it is soon due to expand its offering even further – in September 2023, the school will welcome its first ever Year 9 cohort. An exciting move indeed – watch this space.

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  • Academic results

    GCSE results
    A level results
    Download results as PDF
  • University destinations

    33% of leavers went on to a Russell Group university.
    2% of leavers went on to an American university.
    3% of leavers went on to an overseas university.
    11% of leavers went on to a creative arts or vocational course.
    76% of leavers went on to their first choice university.
  • Subjects offered


    Art & Design
    Business Studies
    Drama and Theatre Studies
    English Language
    English Literature
    Film Studies GCSE
    plus Esports and Sport BTEC Awards (equivalent to a GCSE)

    A Level

    Art & Design
    Business Studies
    Classical Civilisation
    Computer Science
    Drama and Theatre Studies
    English Literature
    Further Mathematics
    Government and Politics
    Media Studies
    Film Studies
    Graphic Communications
  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Year 7-
    Year 8 -
    Year 9 £15,200
    Year 10£8,500
    Year 11£8,500
    Year 12£8,500
    Year 13£8,500
    Boarding fees per term

    Year 7-
    Year 8 -
    Year 9 £15,200
    Year 10 £15,200
    Year 11£15,200
    Year 12£15,200
    Year 13£15,200

    Bursary contact:
    Head of Admissions Victoria Davies Jones
  • SEND

    This school currently supports the following kinds of learning needs, health needs and physical disabilities:
    Students have a range of neurodivergent needs, this includes; SpLD (Dyslexia, ADHD, ASD), Social communication difficulties, processing difficulties.
    Health needs include; Sickle Cell and epilepsy
    Physical disabilities – the school is wheelchair accessible

    This school currently delivers the following interventions to pupils in class and outside class to support their learning, health and/or physical needs:
    Support is delivered outside of lessons, usually on a one-to-one basis and will occur weekly, depending on the students level of need. There is not one type of intervention as all students present different profiles, because of this support will be tailored to their area/s of need. Students also have access to the counselling team and Head of Wellbeing.

    This school currently provides the following support for pupils' mental health needs
    Pupils can self-refer to counselling, in fact this is encouraged.
    Students are supported with their mental health through integrative therapeutic approaches which include mindfulness, Transactional Analysis, psychoeducation, Cognitive behavioural therapy, Gestalt, Internal Family Systems therapy, and much more.
    Students are assessed at their initial session to see if counselling or coaching is the right fit. They are offered six sessions to begin with then review for more if there is an ongoing psychological need. Students that are supported tend to have mild to moderate presentations. If students are facing more complex or severe challenges, they are supported in school with external agencies or signposted on to the appropriate specialist support. All work is confidential except for safeguarding. Students can also drop in for a one-off session to support their day to day challenges.
    Workshops are provided on common themes such as perfectionism, low self esteem, stress busters etc.

    Co-ordinator: Kymberlee Luke
  • Transport links

    Public Transport
    Nearest London tube station: Waterloo or Westminster
    Nearest mainline train station: London Waterloo
    Nearest London Overground station: Waterloo
    Nearest international airport: Heathrow (15 miles)

School Updates

  • GSCE Results Success at DLD College London!

    DLD College London is celebrating its students’ exceptional GCSE results today (25 August), announcing significant increases on 2019’s results when students last sat invigilated examinations.
    GSCE Results Success at DLD College London!
  • Impressive Academic Results at DLD College London!

    DLD College London is celebrating the remarkable achievements of its students today (18 August 2022), as they secure outstanding A Level and BTEC results. The triumphant A Level cohort, who sat public examinations for the first time as a result of the pandemic, obtained their results this morning from the multi-award-winning school. A highly-impressive 40% of grades were awarded A*-A and 70% at A*-B, an increase of 13% and 15% respectively on pre-pandemic (2019) results when students last sat invigilated exams – well above the national average.
    Impressive Academic Results at DLD College London!
  • WATCH: A distinctive multi-award-winning school

    WATCH: A distinctive multi-award-winning school
  • DLD College London Students Graduate at the Houses of Parliament

    Graduating students at DLD College London have attended a prestigious celebratory ceremony, held at the historic Houses of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster.
    DLD College London Students Graduate at the Houses of Parliament
  • See DLD College London in our Senior Boarding Schools Guide.

    See DLD College London in our Senior Boarding Schools Guide.
  • See DLD College in our London Senior Schools Guide

    See DLD College in our London Senior Schools Guide
  • DLD College London Student Scoops Shortlisting at National Film Awards

    A highly-creative student from DLD College London, Yeva Novitska, has showcased phenomenal cinematography skills and secured a much-coveted shortlisting for ‘Best Film’ at the prestigious INTO Film Awards 2022.
    DLD College London Student Scoops Shortlisting at National Film Awards
  • Moving schools in Year 11: the lowdown on one-year GCSE courses

    Moving schools in Year 11: the lowdown on one-year GCSE courses
  • DLD pioneers innovative curriculum for new Year 9 opening

    DLD College London is opening its doors to Year 9 students from September 2023, consolidating the school’s unique space in the education sector as it innovates and leads new ways of delivering education, while striving to create unique learning opportunities for its students.
    DLD pioneers innovative curriculum for new Year 9 opening
  • Record-Breaking EPQ Results at DLD College London

    DLD College London is celebrating its best ever set of Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results, with 100% of students in this year’s all-female programme cohort securing the coveted top grades of A* - A.
    Record-Breaking EPQ Results at DLD College London
  • WATCH: DLD London - A Distinctive Multi-Award-Winning School

    WATCH: DLD London - A Distinctive Multi-Award-Winning School


199 Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 7FX

020 7935 8411


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Open Days

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Year 9 Activity Morning 10:30 - 1:30
08 October 2022
Sixth Form Open Evening
24 November 2022

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