Core Principles and Expectations

A Co-operative College that will inspire, challenge and support every individual to be better than they ever thought they could be.

As a college we are committed to producing learners who:

  • are numerate
  • are literate
  • have good ICT skills, which they can use in a wide variety of contexts
  • are independent learners who can use the full range of tools to help them (e.g. library, the Internet)
  • are healthy and active
  • have a good understanding of how to identify and solve problems
  • are able to communicate with others effectively
  • have a good understanding of their role as citizens and what it means to be emotionally literate
  • can operate as part of a team and respect the views of others
  • enjoy learning and understand how it important it is to reflect and improve
  • are willing to try new things and take advantage of opportunities
  • are prepared for the world of work/Higher Education/Further Education

We expect students to:

Aspire – Believe – Achieve

  • Aspire – to be the best you can be in all you do
  • Believe – that anything is possible and aim high
  • Achieve – the very best you can to give you positive choices in life

Our Co-operative Values

  • Self-help
    Encouraging all within the organisation to help each other, by working together to gain mutual benefits. Helping people to help themselves.
  • Self-responsibility
    To take responsibility for, and answer to, our actions
  • Democracy
    To give our stakeholders a say in the way we run our school
  • Equality
    Equal rights and benefits according to their contribution
  • Equity
    Being fair and unbiased
  • Solidarity
    Supporting each other and those in other co-operatives.

Our Ethical Values

Consistent with the values of the founders of the Co-operative Movement, we believe in the ethical values of:

  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Social responsibility
  • Caring for others

Our principles are the way we put our values into action

  • Voluntary and open membership
  • Democratic member control
  • Member economic participation
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Education, training and information
  • Co-operation amongst co-operatives
  • Concern for community

Our vision for 2019

“In 2019 Dawlish Community College will be a truly learning centred school which strives to nurture all of its learners. All of the college systems will be designed to meet its core purpose – ‘to inspire, challenge and support every individual to be better than they ever thought they could be’ and prepare them for to take their place in an ever-changing world. Achieving high levels of academic achievement for all will be a core purpose to ensure our learners are confident to take their next steps beyond Dawlish Community College.

We will have the flexibility in terms of staffing, timetabling, technology and physical resources to deliver a personalised provision for our learners. Our learners will have a significant input into the development of this through student voice and “Learning to Lead.” We will develop a range of learning and personal skills in our learners which will enable them to think independently and enjoy learning. A broad global view will permeate the curriculum and the effective use of ICT will underpin all the school’s systems. We will use the best of modern technology to inspire learning and all future decisions about new buildings will have the flexible and sustainable delivery of our provision as the guiding design principle.”

“We will invest in our staff to ensure they are the very best they can be and through continued professional development develop outstanding colleagues who are prepared to innovate and develop new ideas. Our staff will act together as a team and work co-operatively to maximise student achievement and wellbeing.”

“In 2019 Dawlish Community College will be a healthy, happy school where our pastoral system ensures that everyone feels safe to learn. We will be at the heart of the local community and our community will have a part to play in the development of our college. We will have a school where everyone has a clear sense of where they are now in their school careers, where they would like to go and how they are going to get there. We will ensure that all learning and teaching is informed by our own best practice, and we will be able to take innovative risks with confidence.”

“In 2019 Dawlish Community College learners will be aware of how personal and political decisions affect the future of the environment and of their responsibility to help sustain the planet. We will be a civilised community which will have a civilising influence on all of us, and positive personal relationships will be an important feature of our school. We will continue to uphold the Co-operative values and these will underpin all we do. We will believe in the limitless potential of people to ensure all learners achieve more than they ever thought they could”