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.
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!
The staff and governors are very proud of the work we do in improving outcomes for Pupil Premium children however we recognise that there is still much to be done. Pupil Premium students are at the forefront of our minds and their needs are regularly discussed and our spending is constantly assessed and evaluated. Additionally, we have a senior member of staff who is responsible for tracking the progress of Pupil Premium students throughout their time here at Dawlish College. As a result of all the great work that goes on here at Dawlish College the gap between those who are Pupil Premium and those who are not has closed significantly. In 2017 Pupil Premium students gained over half a grade more across their GCSEs than they did the previous year; in English Pupil Premium students improved by a whole grade. These improved results have set all our Pupil Premium leavers firmly on their way to the next chapter of their education and future.
For many Pupil Premium students, barriers to achievement include poor literacy skills, disorganisation, reduced access to cultural and enriching opportunities and low aspiration. For this reason, much of our spending of the Pupil Premium is focussed around addressing these barriers. While examination results are the ultimate measure of the effectiveness of this spending, we consider the following to be additional measure of impact: accessing lessons, attendance, literacy and transition into further education, training or work.