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Welcome to the German School London

Children and young people aged 3 - 19 learn together on a spacious, green site between Richmond Park and the Thames. We offer them a first-class education in an international, friendly school community. Within this community we promote individual learning and critical thinking, opening the doors to excellent training and career opportunities in the UK, Germany, Europe and around the world. Get to know us!


Students aged 3 - 19 are currently learning at the DSL


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Greetings from the Head teacher

Learning together, living together, building bridges together and creating together - the four aspects of our mission statement are the pillars for the daily interactions at the DSL. We are delighted that you are interested in our school and invite you to familiarize yourself with the German School London on our website. We will be happy to answer any further questions and welcome you and your children to meet us in person. 
With warm regards, 
Oliver Schmitz for the senior leadership team

All areas of learning


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At what age can I register my child?

In general, you can register your children at any age. We accept children for entry from kindergarten up to the beginning of Year 11. We regret that a later start (during the 6th form) is usually not possible.

Is there a waiting list?

It is important to us to keep class sizes under 24 children. On average, there are 21 children in a class. We are currently fully booked in some school areas/year groups. In this case, we offer to put your child’s name on a waiting list. 

How is the school financed?

As a recognized German school abroad, we receive financial support from the German Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) in accordance with the German Schools Abroad Act. The support includes the provision of teachers (ADLK), who are funded by the German authorities during their assignment at the DSL, as well as the free use of the school premises in Richmond and monetary contributions. This support amounts to approximately 25% of our total annual budget. The remaining running costs of the school are covered by school fees, income from other services and donations. The financial matters of the school are regulated by the board of the school association. 

What level of German is expected of my child?

This depends on the department your child starts in. Please find out from our admissions coordinator ( about the requirements when you first contact us. Our aim is to enable all children to succeed in their final examination, the Abitur, which is held in German. As part of the admissions process, we will evaluate your child's language skills so that we can offer targeted support if necessary.

Can our child join during the school year?

If possible, we recommend joining us at the beginning of the school year or at the start of the second term. Other start dates are possible, please discuss this with 

Do DSL students wear a school uniform?

No, the DSL does not have a school uniform. In accordance with our school rules, pupils and staff are expected to dress appropriately.

Can we visit the school?

Yes, you are warmly invited to visit the school. Please get in touch with our admissions coordinator, Uta von andrian (  
Please also consider attending our Open Day.

Is the DSL qualification recognized internationally?

Our graduates are indeed drawn to the whole world after school. The DSL’s international outlook, the recognized qualifications Abitur and IB, and the academic competence in the two languages German and English open worldwide doors to our pupils.

At which universities do DSL graduates study?

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