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


Pupil Premium and Catch Up

Applications for Free School Meals

Applying for free school meals and additional educational support for your child is simple and takes seconds.

You can get over £400 of free meals at school alongside a range of other benefits contained within our Pupil Premium Pledge by simply telephoning the Local Authority on 0845 155 1019 and give your National Insurance number and you child’s date of birth. You will be told immediately if you are eligible and the next steps in the process. We are not allowed to telephone on behalf of the parent or carer – it has to be done in person.

Our Pupil Premium Pledge includes:

So, a year’s worth of school meals alongside a range of educational benefits means that a simple phone call could be very worthwhile!

Pupil Premium at Dawlish College

At Dawlish College, our mission is to eradicate educational disadvantage in Dawlish by making the best education available to every child in our community.
We place a strong emphasis on ensuring a high quality of education so that every student has equal access to the very best conditions to achieve and succeed.

Our aim is to use pupil premium funding to help us improve and sustain higher attainment for disadvantaged students at our school that is comparable with that of non-disadvantaged students nationally.

During the three-year strategy we will focus on the key challenges that are preventing students from high attainment. The approach will be responsive to both common challenges and our students’ individual needs, rather than assumptions about the impact of disadvantage.

Our objectives are to:

Our strategy takes a tiered approach to Pupil premium spending focused on improving teaching, targeted academic support, and wider strategies.
At Dawlish College we consider a broad array of external evidence and robust diagnostic assessment to inform our decision making, to enhance the expert knowledge we have of the students in our care. The approaches we have adopted have been selected based on strong external evidence. This pupil premium strategy is an integral part of existing college development planning. Our strategy is part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation in an annual cycle. The strategy sits at the heart of college improvement plans and existing practices.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2023-2026

Pupil Premium Strategy 2022-2023

Pupil Premium Strategy 2022

Review of Expenditure and Planned Spend 2019-2020

Review of Expenditure 2017-2018 and Planned Spend 2018-2019