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 e mail clerk@dawlish.devon.sch.uk


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Sam Banks
Katie York
Trustee, Ivy Education Trust
Chair of Governors
Lucy Lewis
Parent Governor
Link for SEND and Careers
Sam is the Headteacher of Dawlish College, having been appointed to the role in November 2022.Bio to follow. Katie is a Trustee of Ivy Education Trust and was appointed by the Trust Board in December 2022 to act as Chair of Governors for short-term period whilst a new Chair is recruited. 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.  
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Lisa Johnson
Co-Opted Governor
Link for Behaviour/Inclusion/Attendance/Equality
David Lidbury
Co-Opted Governor
Link for Safeguarding 
Sarah Mascall
Co-Opted Governor
Link for Curriculum and Assessment
Link for Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged Students 
 Amy Reed
Staff Governor (Teaching)
Link for PHSE and Wellbeing
 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.  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 was appointed as a Staff Governor in October 2020.  Bio to follow.