Davies Laing & Dick College

DLD College was founded in 1931 and is the oldest tutorial college in London. Today, DLD College has over 350 students studying for GCSE and A level.

DLD is a member of the Independent Schools Association and was inspected in 2011. DLD is also listed in the Good Schools Guide 2012 www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk. The college has won several national Good Schools Guide awards over the years for the best AS Photography(girls in an independent school), Italian (boys in an independent school) and A Level English Literature results (boys in an independent school).

Two thirds of the student body are taking their A Levels in the usual way (over two years), however we have a large number who join the college at the start of Upper Sixth. No subject restrictions apply at A Level.

Additionally, there are over 40 GCSE students at DLD. All GCSE syllabuses are fully covered so students don’t need to worry about changing exam boards or subjects. The College also offers supplementary lessons in English as a foreign language which are taken by 6% of the student body.

For all our programmes, classes are small: on average 6 students in each group. This means that students quickly develop the confidence to seek guidance and help.

The teaching staff are highly qualified and chosen not just for their expertise but also for their ability to relate positively to young people. The college aims to make learning interesting, active and rigorous. One third of the teaching staff were educated at Oxford or Cambridge, two thirds have either Master’s degree and /or a Ph D qualification. Most are full time and salaried.

Each student is assigned a personal tutor to supervise pastoral care, liaise with parents or guardians and assist students with their university (UCAS) applications. We have a specially appoint UCAS coordinator who oversees  all UCAS applications and arranges visits from university admissions officers to talk to DLD students about developing attractive applications. For those who wish to apply to medical school and Oxford or Cambridge, we have tutors who specialise in such applications. DLD also arrange Oxbridge preparation and practise interviews The level of pastoral care’ is described in the most recent British Accreditation Council inspection report as ‘exceptionally high’.

The level of pastoral care is described as exceptionally high.  In the College’s most recent ISA inspection report it was concluded that “Students like being at the college and are very happy with the personal support they receive; they feel well looked after and are very appreciative of the help and guidance given generously by the staff.  They develop strong personal skills in a pleasant family atmosphere.  The wide mix of nationalities works well together in a friendly, safe and supportive environment”.

The facilities are excellent and include:

  • 42 classrooms - 15 of which have interactive whiteboards
  • 80 seat theatre with cinema screen
  • A music recording studio with sound booth, 8 Apple Macs and Cubase and Sibelius software
  • 2 art studios - fine art, sculpture & ceramics, textiles
  • 2 photography studios and a dark room with 9 enlargers
  • 4 large well equipped and modern science laboratories
  • 1 Computer Science rooms with 24 PCs
  • An E Learning Centre
  • A media editing suite with 5 Apple Macs equipped with Quark,
  • Final Cut and Photoshop
  • Student Common Room


For more information please visit: www.dldcollege.co.uk

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