Year Groups

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Year 7

I would like to give a warm welcome to all New Year 7 students starting with us at Dawlish Community College.

Year 7 is a very exciting year for all involved. I am sure you will already feel confident and comfortable on the college site and with the structure of the college day, due to the extensive transition program that we run. We aim to get you up and running into Dawlish life as quickly as possible.

We try to ensure an easy to follow timetable throughout the school year, which includes a clear tutor schedule every morning. Year 7 assembly runs on Mondays. Here, members of the Senior Leadership Team and I will talk to you about a variety of interesting topics and themes. Important announcements will also be given out. For the rest of the week, a tutor schedule will be followed, closely run and monitored by your tutor.

You will also be involved in the House Championship, where you will be assigned to one of our four Houses; Aer, Aqua, Ignis or Terra. Here, you can earn points for your House through Epraise, our online reward system. Points can be awarded for attendance, academic success, effort, helpfulness and many more reasons. You can also obtain points through termly sporting competitions as well.

We also have a student council, so that the views of students can be given and listened to. There are two nominees from each tutor group who will attend any student council meetings. The representatives will take information to and from their respective tutor groups. Your opinions are important to us, so make sure you give your ideas to your representatives.

If there are any concerns whatsoever, there is always support provided. All tutors are happy to help with any problems. You can also find further assistance in the Lower School office, where Mrs Donohue (Student Welfare Officer for the Lower School) is often available to assist with any issues that may arise. The Student Office can be helpful as well. Finally, I will never be far away if needed.

I hope you find great success at your time at Dawlish Community College and enjoy your first year with us.

Mr J Clements

Head of Lower School

Tutor Schedule

DayActivity
MondayAssembly
TuesdayDiary Signing
WednesdayMerit Counting / Record of Achievement (ROA)
ThursdayQuiet Reading
FridayActivities

Online resources

Year 8

Welcome to Year 8, a very important year at Dawlish Community College. You are no longer the youngest students at the college, and there are important decisions to be made.

My role, alongside your teachers, is to ensure that you are achieving to your very best. We will closely monitor your progress and achievements in order to ensure that you are giving yourself the very best chance for your future career, whatever that may be.

Much of life at Dawlish Community College will be very familiar. The structure of the school day, subjects on offer, rewards systems, and much more, will be unchanged to a large extent. However, there will be new challenges for you to face.

Probably most importantly, Year 8 is the time for deciding your Options for KS4 study. We will run a full Options programme, which will include assemblies run by all faculty team leaders to inform you of what each subject will involve at GCSE level. We will also hold a full Options Evening, so that you and your parents can be fully informed to make careful decisions about the direction that your future is heading.

Once again, you will also be involved in the House Championship, where you will continue to earn points for your designated House; either Aer, Aqua, Ignis or Terra. Points can be awarded for attendance, academic success, effort, helpfulness and many more reasons. You can also obtain points through termly sporting competitions as well.

We also have our student council, so that the views of all students can be given and listened to. Much like last year, there are two nominees from each tutor group who will attend any meetings. The representatives will then take information to and from their respective tutor groups. Your views are key to the vision of the college, and are therefore very important.

I truly hope you have an enjoyable year.

Mr J Clements

Head of Lower School

Year 9

Welcome to Year 9. You are now in the Upper School and will be taking part in your Key Stage 4 courses.  The challenge to you is to build upon your successes of Key Stage 3 and achieve the very best in your courses. You will be set target grades and you and your parents/carers will receive regular reports on how you are doing compared to these targets.

Year 9 is a very important time in setting the standards expected for Key Stage 4.  The work done this year in the majority of subjects will provide you with an introduction to the courses you are taking.  Core skills will be worked on and you will be continually assessed in a range of different skills and assessments.

I will, with the help of your parents/carers, teachers and form tutors, support you in your learning and make sure you are regularly aware of how you are doing in your subjects. My role will not all be about work, work and more work, but also ensuring you successfully complete your studies as well-rounded, young adults. I will ensure you have a varied enrichment programme and enjoy your time in school. This will include trips, special assemblies, and in Year 11 a prom and a yearbook. Also at the end of Year 10 you will complete a week of Work Experience or other enrichment.

We have improved the Epraise rewards system for this year.  It will now become a fundamental aspect of tutor time, where you, your tutor and your tutor group will be able to reflect on how well you have worked from one day to the next.  I am sure this will prove to be a motivating scheme for Key Stage 4 students and I hope you aim to achieve and contribute as many points as possible.

I am also interested in any ideas you may have to help enrich the experiences for your year group and I will want to hear your voices at the student council meetings.

All the very best and get ready for the three most important years of your school career so far!

Mr D Osborne

Head of Upper School

Year 10

Welcome to Year 10.  This is the second year of your time in Upper School and it will again be a very important one for you and your peers.  You will complete a great deal of your studies in this year and in some cases sit real GCSE exams, such as Maths, and in the case of Science you will sit one full GCSE at the end of the year. In other subjects, such as applied courses you will continue to be assessed and will move closer towards your final grade.

I will, with the help of your parents/carers, teachers and form tutors, support you in your learning and make sure you are regularly aware of how you are doing in your chosen subjects.  The Upper School team will ensure that any problems that might occur are dealt with quickly and proficiently so that you can fully concentrate on your learning and education.

During the year you will need to keep a record of your achievements as you will be completing a Record of Achievement folder as well as a CV.  This will need to be finished by the end of the year and you will work on this one day a week during registration.  You will then use the information recorded to help you during your Mock Interviews at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, which take place in the first two weeks of Year 11.

I am also interested in any ideas you may have to help enrich the experiences for your year group and I will want to hear your voices at the student council meetings.

We have improved the Epraise rewards system for this year.  It will now become a fundamental aspect of tutor time, where you, your tutor and your tutor group will be able to reflect on how well you have worked from one day to the next.  I am sure this will prove to be a motivating scheme for Key Stage 4 students and I hope you aim to achieve and contribute as many points as possible.

I wish you all the best for Year 10 and hope that you continue to work at the high standards you set yourself during Year 9.

Mr D Osborne

Head of Upper School

Year 11

This is your final year at Dawlish Community College and the time will go fast! Be prepared for a busy and challenging year that will ask big questions of you. My hopes for you are that when you return to the college on results day in August 2016 you will be able to say you achieved your very best. All of the hard work you have done in Year 9 and 10 will pay dividends in laying a solid foundation for Year 11, but do not let complacency set in!

I will ensure that you are regularly updated on how you are doing in your subjects and that you are supported regularly by your form tutor. Some of you will have an Assertive Mentor for the year to help raise your grades and improve your approach to learning. Others will have the experience of coaching from fully trained staff.

There is a strong element of coursework that will need to be completed and you will be offered a great deal of support as well as use of the after college homework/coursework club in the Learning Hub. There will also be Easter revision sessions available during the spring holiday, with most subjects covered. These have proved to be very popular with previous students and will help you with your revision before crucial exams in the summer term.

I hope you will enjoy this year by not only working hard but also by getting involved in the enrichment activities that will go ahead such as a Yearbook, special assemblies and of course the end of year prom. Any ideas you can bring to me and Upper School team would be warmly welcomed.

We have improved the Epraise rewards system for this year.  It will now become a fundamental aspect of tutor time, where you, your tutor and your tutor group will be able to reflect on how well you have worked from one day to the next.  I am sure this will prove to be a motivating scheme for Key Stage 4 students and I hope you aim to achieve and contribute as many points as possible.

I will want to hear your views at the student council meetings, particularly about your learning and how you would like to be taught in lessons as well as all of the other issues such as uniform and the canteen!

I wish you all the very best for your final exams.

Mr D Osborne

Head of Upper School