Director of Studies (Maternity Cover), Westminster

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DLD College LondonWestminster

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Start date: January/February 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience
Contract term: Maternity Cover

The Principal invites applications from qualified and experienced professionals for the position of Director of Studies. DLD College London is an independent co-educational College situated in the heart of London overlooking Westminster and the river Thames. The college is one of only a few boarding schools in Central London with boarding on site, and we have around 500 students from 52 different countries, of which some 250 are boarders. This is a vibrant and diverse environment, offering ample opportunity for professional development and growth.

This is a fixed term maternity contract commencing January/February 2019. 

About the Alpha Plus Group   

DLD was founded in 1931 and is part of the Alpha Plus Group of schools and colleges. DLD College aims to maintain a 'gold standard' of educational quality. Classes are small, enabling students and teachers to focus upon the most effective ways of learning. The College offers exceptional teaching accommodation and resources.      

A Centre of Excellence 

We have a fantastic track record of supporting students to achieve the A-Level, BTECs (Level 3 & 4) and GCSE results they need, enabling them to move onto university courses of their choice. We also offer a successful International Foundation Programme together with Pre-sessional Programmes.

Reports to: Vice Principal

Job Purpose

The Director of Studies is part of a team that works closely together to manage all aspects of the students’ academic and pastoral life at DLD College. The Team is line managed by the Assistant Principal (Pastoral), but reports to the Vice Principal (Pastoral) and Vice Principal (Academic) and supports them by:   

  • Overseeing the students’ academic progress and coordinating actions
  • Intervening as needed to ensure students are supported, encouraged and/or challenged so that they can meet their targets.
  • Advising students on their entry to Higher Education.
  • Providing feedback to the Vice Principal (Academic) on overall students’ performance and progress.
  • Overseeing the students’ physical and emotional wellbeing and coordinating remedial actions.
  • Monitoring closely the students’ attendance, punctuality and overall behaviour inside and outside the classroom.
  • Intervening as required to ensure students feel safe, supported and encouraged.
  • Providing regular feedback to the Assistant Principal (Pastoral) on students exhibiting welfare or behavioural concerns, raising high level concerns to the Vice Principal (Pastoral) on a case by case basis.

Person Specification 

Qualifications and Experience

  • An honours graduate with a proven track-record of outstanding teaching
  • A proven pastoral track record is desirable.
  • Some previous counselling or relevant training or experience on issues related to adolescence would be desirable


  • Effective and confident personal communication skills
  • Have a passion for education and excellence; ability to inspire colleagues; to accept responsibility; show in their actions and decisions firmness, fairness, consistency and integrity
  • Ability to show empathy, increased emotional intelligence, emotional resilience and patience.
  • Work effectively as a member of a team and lead others
  • To be emotionally resilient and sensitive to our particular student needs
  • To be flexible, adaptable and forward thinking.
  • To possess good organisational skills; manage time efficiently and be able to meet deadlines
  • To be able to engage with and be proficient in the use of technology
  • Ability to absorb information, analyse data and present overall picture and trends
  • Ability to be calm, appeasing and level headed, especially in the middle of a crisis.
  • Ability to show good cultural understanding and differentiation between students from various backgrounds.
  • Energy, stamina and a good sense of humour

Hours of work: 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday  

Teaching Time:  An average of 10 hours per week during an academic year in accordance with the College’s schemes of work 

Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience

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Closing date for applications: Monday 26th November 2018  

Interviews: Thursday 6th December 2018

DLD College is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity. DLD College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK.

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More about DLD College London
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 14 - 19 years
Address: 199 Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 7FX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 207 935 8411
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Davies Laing and Dick, commonly known as DLD, was founded in 1931 to provide tutoring for Oxbridge and Colonial Service entrance exams. After the Second World War the college specialised in A and O Level teaching. Over a twenty-year period there has ...