The College’s unique Ofsted number is 113518.

 Ofsted Inspection December 2016

The full report from December 2016’s Ofsted inspection can be viewed here.

Mr Simon’s letter to parents regarding this inspection can be viewed here.


Full inspection – October 2012

Dawlish Community College is absolutely delighted that their recent Ofsted inspection has rightly recognised the fantastic improvements made over the last few years which have resulted in the College now being amongst the highest performing schools in Devon.

The College received a full inspection by four Inspectors with less than twenty four hours’ notice on the 16th and 17th October 2012. The framework that the school was graded against is regarded as the toughest inspection regime schools have ever been judged by.

The Inspectors graded the College as being good overall.

There are four areas which are examined by the Inspectors and a grade is given for each of these areas.

We were graded as good for Behaviour and Safety of Pupils, good for Quality of Teaching, good for Achievement and outstanding for Leadership and Management.

Andrew Davis, Principal of Dawlish Community College commented, “This is a fantastic achievement for the College and reflects a huge amount of effort from students, staff and parents/carers in making sure we provide the very best educational experience for the children in our care.”

He went on to say that, “I am pleased the Inspection team recognised the superb results that have been achieved over the past few years and which now place the College amongst the best schools in Devon”

He added that the “The Inspection team identified many, many areas of strength at the College and this report is full of praise for the work the College is doing.”

Examples from the report, include:

  • “Students do well at this college.”
  • “Strong improvements in standards have been achieved by the vision, drive and resolve of the Principal and excellent leadership at all levels.”
  • “Over the last four years the results for Year 11 students have improved significantly year on year, particularly in GCSE English and Mathematics.”
  • “Students are very positive about the college, attend regularly and say they feel very safe. Behaviour is good and students work well together.”
  • “The secret of the College’s success is a relentless focus on improving standards, teaching and the subjects and courses available to students.”

The Principal also stated, “The College remains absolutely committed to continuing to be passionate, determined and focused on making sure that every one of our students achieves the very best that they can at our College. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents and carers for their on-going support of both the College and their children, which enables our fantastically skilled and dedicated teachers to provide a brilliant educational experience”

View the report for the October 2012 inspection here.


Schools’ Use of Alternative Provision – June 2013

The College was last inspected in June 2013.  This consisted of an inspection of the schools’ use of alternative provision.

Key highlights of the report include:

  • “The school greatly values all students and it has made sure that it provides excellent opportunities for all to achieve. It has been highly successful at supporting students who are likely to be excluded and those who have been permanently excluded from other local schools or academies.”
  • “Students who study at Red Rock in Years 10 and 11 are very well supported by tutors from South Devon College.”
  • “All students who attend alternative provision complete a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE) as well as completing a number of other GCSEs including mathematics and English. Students greatly enjoy their vocational courses because they find the work very relevant to their career intentions.”
  • The close liaison with the local special school means any students who need additional specialist support can spend a short time at the special school as well as students from the special school working at Dawlish Community College.

View the feedback letter for this inspection here


Modern Languages subject inspection – June 2011


The College was last inspected in June 2011. This consisted of a subject inspection of the Modern Languages Faculty and they achieved a good standard overall.

Key highlights of the report include:

  • “The proportion of students achieving A* to C grades is above the national average in both French and Spanish. The progress that students make from their starting points is good, although boys have been making better progress than girls.”
  • “Overall, students make good gains in learning in lessons. They enjoy languages; and students of all ages see the importance of learning a language for educational, cultural and career reasons. Students value the enthusiasm and support of their teachers and appreciate the amount of variety in, and the active nature of, language lessons.”
  • “The quality of teaching in Modern Languages is good. Teachers are enthusiastic about their subject and convey that well to their students. They have high expectations of what can be achieved and regularly remind students of this. Relationships are good and classes well managed.”
  • “The quality of the curriculum in Modern Languages is good. The curriculum in both languages is broad and balanced. Schemes of work and end-of-unit assessments are currently being reviewed and modified to ensure that they meet the needs of all students.”
  • ” Extra-curricular provision is good and is well supported.”
  • “The effectiveness of leadership and management in Modern Languages is good. There has been a commitment to, and concerted whole-school approach towards, improving uptake and you and the other senior leaders are aware of need to keep the profile of subject raised within the school.”

View the MFL subject visit feedback letter here.


Full inspection – June 2010


The College had a full inspection in June 2010. We were very disappointed to receive a satisfactory grading although there were many positive comments about the College within the report. We felt that this was largely due to a small group of students who had very difficult situations in their life beyond school who, despite our support, did not achieve as well as we would have liked.

  • “Higher-attainers generally achieve or exceed expectations by the end of Year 11.”
  • “It offers a welcoming environment where staff and students get on well together, and where students feel safe and well cared for. Students are exceptionally keen to take up the many opportunities to make their voices heard and influence the way the college is run. They willingly get involved in projects to improve their community and environment.”
  • “The students above-average and significantly improving attendance is testament to their enjoyment of and involvement in the life of the college.”
  • “Lessons typically feature a good variety of activities and a range of resources to keep students interested. As a result, students generally behave well in lessons.”
  • “Care, guidance and support for students remain key strengths of the college, and are at the core of its inclusive ethos. Low and falling rates of exclusion and persistent absence, and the high proportion of students who stay on in education, training or employment when they leave, are all key indicators of the strong success of the college’s pastoral care and personal and social education programmes.”
  • “Students behave courteously around the college site and constructively in lessons. They are enthusiastic in exploring cultures different from their own, for example when Year 8 students visited Bristol to work on a joint project with a multicultural inner-city school. They make an outstanding contribution to the work of the college by expressing their opinions and leading change through the many forums which exist to seek their views.”
  • “Teachers’ secure subject knowledge enables lessons to be planned around interesting and engaging themes and activities. Resources, including ICT, are well used to support learning.”
  • “A good range of extra-curricular provision encourages students’ participation in healthy activities and community projects.”
  • “Structures to provide care and support for students’ welfare, safety and progress,centred on the Flexible Learning Centre and Student Office, are well developed and effective. The college works very successfully to keep students in education, for example by reducing rates of persistent absence and exclusions, including permanent exclusion, to very low levels.”
  • “Careers advice is highly regarded and ensures that most students move successfully into further education, training or employment when they leave Year 11.”
  • “College improvement strategies this year have been sharply and successfully focused on tracking students’ progress, on improving the quality of teaching and learning, and on lifting the progress of lower- and middle-attaining groups. The quality of performance data on students’ progress has improved markedly since the last inspection, and is helping managers and staff identify more clearly strengths and weaknesses in performance.”
  • “The college leadership consults widely with its students and their parents in taking forward improvements. It works effectively with local partners in providing services and courses to parents and the local community. It contributes well to community cohesion, and engages in projects to ensure that students are familiar with different communities and cultures across Britain and the wider world.”
  • “Procedures for safeguarding the well-being of staff and students are well developed.”

View the report for this inspection here.

As you would expect the College has taken effective and decisive action on the issues raised in this report and in the exam results of 2010 shortly after this report was published we achieved our best GCSE results ever along with the best GCSE English results which improved by 15% on the previous year.


Geography subject inspection – February 2009


In February 2009 the College had a Geography subject inspection which gave an overall effectiveness grading of good with achievement graded as outstanding.

  • “Standards at the end of Key Stage 4 are exceptionally high”
  • “Achievement is outstanding”
  • “The standards attained at GCSE are exceptionally high and have been for the past six years. The proportion of students attaining A*/A grades at GCSE is significantly above the national average for geography. Given the starting points of the students this represents outstanding progress”
  • “In the lessons observed students students made good progress”
  • “GCSE students’ exercise books are an excellent record of the work they have completed. They contain comprehensive, detailed and well presented sets of notes supported by accurate maps and diagrams”
  • “Most students demonstrate a very positive attitude towards geography and this is reflected in their enjoyment of the subject and their very good behaviour”
  • “The teaching is consistently of good quality and teachers have high expectations of students, especially at Key stage 4”
  • “There is a clear commitment amongst the geography staff to provide a high quality geographical education”

View the Geography subject visit feedback letter here.


Full inspection – May 2007


View the report for this inspection here.


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