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Deutsche Schule London

Deutsche Schule London

Douglas House, Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AH, UK

+44 (0)20 8940 2510



Deutsche Schule London
School type Co-educational Day Preparatory & Senior, Nursery & Sixth Form
Founded 1971
Status Private
Head of School Oliver Schmitz
Language of Instruction English, German
Co-ed Age Range 3-18 years
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Edna Howard
Associations IB

The DSL is part of a long-standing tradition of excellence in the worldwide network of more than 140 German Schools abroad and we currently welcome 870 students from 30 nations at our school in Richmond.

We strive to empower our students, encouraging them to be open-minded, curious and committed learners as well as responsible members of our local community within an international context. We offer an appealing and challenging educational programme from Kindergarten to our dual programme in Years 11 and 12 with the International Abitur (DIA) and the IB Diploma.

This dual qualification (Abitur and IB DP) uniquely equips our students with bilingual (German and English) academic competencies, permitting them to meet the challenges of a university education and supporting them in becoming independent, global-minded citizens. In general, all students completing Year 10 at the DSL, or a comparable qualification with good academic results, are eligible to apply to the dual programme (Abitur and IB DP) at the DSL.

In combination with the Abitur subjects, IB students complete three higher level (HL) and three standard level (SL) courses as well as the core requirements (ToK, CAS, EE) for a full IB Diploma. Students may choose between German and English as their IB Language A (HL and SL) and Spanish or French as IB Language B. Furthermore, we offer History, Economics, Geography, Psychology (SL), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics Analysis & Approaches (SL) as well as Visual Arts (SL) and Music (SL). All Year 12 students at the DSL take their Abitur exams between February and April, ahead of their IB exams in the May session of the same year, which promotes thorough preparation for both examinations.

In addition to the full dual qualification (Abitur and IB Diploma), the DSL offers the category "course candidate" (CC), i.e. Abitur students may enrol in two or more individual IB courses and/or core elements, which allows them to study a subject of particular interest in more depth or to build a profile for their university application.

Quoting one of our 2019 alumni, "The decision to go for the dual programme at the DSL is based on two things - an interest in a variety of subjects and a wish to challenge yourself. Additionally, the DSL isn’t just a school, it is a community of students, parents and teachers that one feels connected to and welcome in at all times."