DLD College London has announced the appointment of Irfan Latif as the new Principal. Mr Latif joins the leading independent college from Sexey’s School, Bruton where he held the position of Headmaster for over four years.
Up until Christmas, he was Vice Chairman of the Boarding Schools’ Association and Chair of the State Boarding Forum and was also on the Board of Education at the Diocese of Bath & Wells.
During his career, Mr Latif has also held a number of leadership roles in the independent sector, including Deputy Head (Academic) at Bedford School, Head of Science and Chemistry at St Benedict’s School, Senior Housemaster at Whitgift School, and Assistant Housemaster and teacher of chemistry at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School.
Mr. Latif was educated at Emanuel School, London and graduated from King’s College, University of London with an honours degree in chemistry and a PGCE in secondary education. He knows London well.
With many interests outside of work, Mr Latif is a keen cook, traveller and adventurer and recently led expeditions to Everest Base Camp, Venezuela and the Red Sea. He is married with two young daughters.
Mr Latif said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed the new Principal of DLD College London and I am very excited to join this prestigious school which has the students at the heart of its thinking. I admire that its roots are borne out of an academic commitment to the community and that student wellbeing is a central focus. By affording opportunities to develop, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially, DLD College London strives to educate the whole person in preparation for an ever-changing and uncertain world.
“My predecessor Rachel Borland has left me with a fine school, which is highly regarded, and I will endeavour to build upon her industry to nurture and strengthen DLD’s position as a leading boarding school. It is a tremendous honour to lead and serve the DLD community and I will relish taking up the reigns of this innovative and forward-thinking school.”
Mark Hanley-Browne, CEO of the Alpha Plus Group, added: “The Governors carried out a thorough and comprehensive process of selection before making their decision. Irfan was selected from among a very strong and talented field of men and women. He will build on the excellent foundations that Rachel Borland has laid during her time at DLD College. We very much look forward to welcoming Irfan and his family to DLD and the Alpha Plus Group.”