Ten Tors Success

We are very proud to hear that a number of our students took place in this weekend’s Ten Tors Challenge.

The Ten Tors Challenge is limited to 2,400 individuals (four hundred teams of six teenagers). The teams, depending on age, face hikes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (56, 72 or 88km) over the rough terrain of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors in under two days.

The teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out over night safely. The weather can be very changeable, and success or failure can depend very much on the extent to which a team has been trained for all eventualities.

Congratulations go to Archie Bradshaw and Jayella Potts who completed the 35 mile challenge and to Emily Mackenzie who completed the 45 miles challenge!




Exams Office Vacancy Summer Term 2018

Required from as early as possible in the Summer Term 2018.   Are you able to relate to young people? Are you reliable, punctual, flexible, accurate, a confident communicator and able to work under pressure? If so we could well have the right job for you.

Dawlish Community College wants to extend its team of exam invigilators, working with the Examinations Officer during the exam periods throughout the academic year.  You would be working with students, teaching staff and other invigilators. The ability to work as a part of a team is essential.   Full training will be given and the successful candidates will be expected to take a positive and active role in professional development to ensure the role is carried out to the highest standards.  Hours of work are varied according to national exams schedule.  Rate of pay:  £8.19 per hour.  Closing date: mid day on Monday 16th April.  Interviews will be held during week beginning 23rd April but that is subject to confirmation

The college is committed to the safeguarding and well-being of students and expects all staff to share in this responsibility.  The successful candidate will be required to under child protection screening, including enhanced DBS clearance, and full reference checks with previous employers.

Application Form


Y9 Students Participate in Talk About Talk Secondary Workshop

A group of Year 9 students have been participating in Talk About Talk Secondary, a pilot programme of speech and language intervention in conjunction with I CAN.

On Wednesday 8th March the group held a 2-hour workshop for members of Dawlish Rotary Club, presenting what they had learnt during their Talk About Talk sessions with Lead TA Mrs Howell. Using interactive challenges and role play, they explained the difficulties some young people face in communicating with others, and what can be done to support students with these issues in order to enhance their employability in later life.

I CAN is the leading charity for children and young people’s speech, language and communication. It provides effective, practical evidence-based solutions that change the lives of children and young people with communication difficulties, and support all children’s communication development.

Talk about Talk Secondary is an evidenced training and mentoring intervention that supports young people’s transition into the workplace. Aimed at 13-16 year old students in Years 9, 10 and 11 who have language difficulties, it develops the communication skills that support other ‘soft’ employability skills such as team working, time management and problem-solving students. In a series of 12 sessions, trained school staff mentor students so they can co-deliver workshops about communication to local employers.

Through this and through tutoring sessions between workshops, students learn, practise and improve their communication and presentation skills. A Talk for Work profiling tool tracks the development of these skills, and provides school staff with a measure of progress.

The programme is currently being piloted in 18 secondary schools across England including Dawlish Community College. The College decided to become involved with Talk about Talk Secondary as a way of extending our  provision in school for pupils with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. I CAN has been working with the College over the last year, training staff and supporting them to deliver the intervention. This is the second cohort of pupils who have presented the workshop to local employers. By being involved students learn about communication and have an opportunity to develop their skills which will help them be more effective in interviews and in the workplace.

We would like to thank Dawlish Rotary Club for participating in the workshop, as well as Liz Wood from I CAN. Well done to the Year 9 students for their fantastic effort in this project!

Maths Star of the Week: 27th February – 3rd March

Maths Star of the Week: 27th February – 3rd March

‘Star of the Week’ is an award The Mathematics Faculty makes in recognition of the students who consistently demonstrate excellent attitudes to their work, over a sustained period of time.

Winners receive 10 Epraise points, and students who win more than once within one academic year will receive a special recognition of their efforts, which will include a prize and nomination towards the College’s Annual Awards Evening in the summer term.

This week’s winners:

Year 7- Marley Patrick

Year 8- Molly Leigh

Year 9- Esme Lothian

Year 10- Jared Mills

Year 11- Amy-Jean Richmond

A special congratulations to Esme Lothian and Amy-Jean Richmond, who are winning this award for a second time this year!

Y10 and 11 Art Trip to Birmingham

On 9th February, a group of Year 10 and 11 Art students spent the day in Birmingham gathering sketches and photographs for their upcoming exam projects.

After an early start to catch the coach, the first stop was Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Here the group explored the permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibition of more contemporary art, which was very popular:

‘When we arrived, we could immediately see how the whole of Birmingham was just jam-packed with amazing art, shapes and forms filling the surroundings. Then we went to the Art Gallery which held work by many amazing artists, with so much detail it was just jaw-dropping.’ – Charlie Tilt, Year 11

After a lunch break in the gallery, it was time to visit Birmingham’s amazing library. The students were really impressed by the architecture of the building itself, and enjoyed being able to view the whole of the city from the roof terrace:

‘The building reminded me of a wedding cake with all the different coloured tiers. In the yellow cylinder you could view Birmingham for miles and admire the real artistic charm of the city.’ – Sara Cameron, Year 11.

The group walked back through the city centre via the canals at Brindley Place, and after a long day were very happy to have a bit of time to explore The Bullring shopping centre and find some dinner before heading back to the coach.

We look forward to seeing the artwork that this group produce later in the term inspired by their trip!