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DLC embraces each pupil as an individual. We have high expectations for all our pupils and aim to support them to get the results they need to continue with their education journey.

However, we do not measure our pupils value or sucess by their exam results, and do our best to ensure that all pupils are ready academically for their exams, being mindful that wellbeing is our priority. Our pastoral support increases pre-exams and we work hard to limit the effect of formal exams on pupils' mental health and wellbeing.

DLC runs a robust GCSE program, and also Functional Skills/Entry Level Certificate qualifications/AQA Awards, to ensure that every pupil feels that they have achieved.


Our Primary base also prepares pupils for SATS and supports them as they sit these tests.


Given the uneven impact of the pandemic on school and college performance data, the government has said you should not make direct comparisons between the performance data for one school or college and another, or to data from previous years.


  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life

  • knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values

  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them

  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning

  • willingness to reflect on their experiences


  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England

  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions

  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues

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