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


Local Governing Body

To contact the governors please email clerk@dawlish.devon.sch.uk


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Sam Banks
Craig Read

Lisa Johnson
Co-Opted Governor

Sam is the Headteacher of Dawlish College, having been appointed to the role in November 2022.Bio to follow. Craig was appointed on 18th July 2023. He is the CEO of a mechanical construction company based in the Southwest. Craig has two children and both attend Dawlish College. Lisa was appointed as a Co-Opted Governor on 4 April 2022. As a resident of Dawlish, Lisa applied to be a school governor to offer something back to the community where she and her family lives and works. Lisa brings her skills as an experienced change and operations manager to the role of school governor.   
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Hannah Grant

Co-Opted Governor
Link for attendance / behaviour / inclusion / student wellbeing and careers

 Lucy Lewis
Parent Governor
David Lidbury
Co-Opted Governor
Link for Safeguarding
 Sarah Mascall
Co-Opted Governor
Link for Curriculum and Assessment
Link for SEND 
 Hannah was appointed as a Governor at Dawlish College on 18 July 2023. She was previously a deputy head at a primary school in Bristol and has many years of experience in the classroom. She now works in higher education, where she is a project manager. She has experience in the development of strategic plans and the development of new teaching and research programmes, alongside the management of large events. She moved back down to Devon two years ago and became a governor to contribute to the local community.  Lucy was appointed as a Parent Governor on 15 December 2022. She comes from an educational background (Further Education, Outdoor Education, Sports coaching, Youth work and Learning and Development) and has always worked in formal and informal education and training with young people. Lucy is a Careers and SEND specialist, qualified to teach in Further Education, and has led educational projects, qualifications. Lucy brings a strategic skill set with her to support the school as a member of the Local Governing Body.When not at work, Lucy is usually found on the beach, in the sea or in a boat and is a member of the River Teign Rowing Club.  David was appointed as a Co-Opted Governor on 15 December 2022. David is a lawyer specialising in the law relating to children. Sarah was appointed as a co-opted governor on 15 December 2022 having recently retired after forty years in education. Until recently she was Managing Director of a company that supported special schools to develop and improve. She has a masters degree in education and is a qualified teacher of the deaf. Her career started teaching English in secondary schools and supporting SEND pupils. She has also been head of year and SENCO. Sarah has held senior posts in special schools including as headteacher. In the last ten years she has been a school improvement partner with a number of schools across the south of England. Since retiring Sarah has enjoyed travelling, walking her dog, gardening and learning new skills. She has lived in Dawlish for over 20 years
 Amy Reed
Staff Governor (Teaching)
Link for PHSE and Wellbeing

 Simon Broom
Staff Governor (Non-teaching)


Amy was appointed as a Staff Governor in October 2020.

Amy has worked at Dawlish College as a Mathematics teacher since September 2017 and has links to clubs within the local community.

Simon was appointed as a Staff Governor in September 2020 

Bio to follow

Julia Sutherland, Local Governance Officer      
Julia was appointed Local Governance Officer in June 2023. For the last 20 years Julia was the Examinations Officer for a secondary school and previously worked in the Health Service (mental health), Local Government at County and District Council level, and for Dartmoor National Park Authority. Julia is confident that her previous work experiences, many of which entailed following government procedures and protocols, will enable her to provide a good service to the Governing body so that they meet their statutory requirements.