Head's Welcome

Head of College Welcome

Welcome to Dawlish College.

It continues to be an absolute privilege to be the Headteacher at Dawlish College – the staff and students are second to none and take all of life’s challenges in their stride. Despite current uncertainties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to hold onto our core purpose in all that we do. Behind all of the decisions taken and measures put in place sits the balance between keeping staff and students safe whilst also providing them with a varied and exciting school experience.

Dawlish College is a vibrant and exciting place to be, where we have the highest expectations of staff and students alike and seek to provide challenge at every available opportunity. As a small school, we have a very proud record of holistic support, care and individual attention: the happiness and well-being of our students is of paramount importance and is a vital foundation for their growth and development. Our college has an atmosphere of creativity and positivity that is generated by the provision of excellent opportunities for every individual thereby maximising the outcomes and improving the life chances of the young people in our care.

As a parent myself, I understand that you want your child to be inspired, supported and challenged to be the best version of themselves within an environment that knows them and values them as an individual. Thank you for entrusting me with the care and education of your child, present or future, and I look forward to unlocking their ambitions as I get to know them and work closely with you.

S Banks



The last full Section 5 inspection at Dawlish College was in March 2019 when the College was judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas.

We are particularly proud that we achieve high standards of teaching and learning thereby improving students’ outcomes and life chances whilst maintaining excellent pastoral care. The inspectors noted that teachers “identify pupils’ strengths and weaknesses and thus provide appropriate support and challenge. As a result, pupils make good progress” whilst also judging pastoral care to be “a real strength of the school” and our awareness of the mental health needs of our students to be “impressive”.

Exam results show significant improvement across the board and more information can be found here.

Performance Tables