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.

R Wickham

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About Me Programme 2021 - posted 1st Apr

We are excited to be delivering a new communications programme, called “About Me” to our Year 7 students as part of our dynamic careers programme.  Students will be coming out of one of their normal lessons, for a 20-minute coaching session on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th May. This programme has the following aims:

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World Book Day Success - posted 25th Mar

This year we celebrated World Book Day with Scholastic, the team that brings us our Book Fairs, for a week of free events. Each day all Year 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to enjoy an array of wonderful authors and illustrators hosting 30 minute events, including draw-a-longs and writing workshops.

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Clubs and Activities Summer 2021 - posted 17th Mar

Despite the limitations placed on us by the COVID system of controls that we have to implement, we are delighted to be able to offer your child a varied and exciting range of extracurricular opportunities at Dawlish College next term. These clubs and activities are a fantastic opportunity to try something new, meet new friends and gain both skills and confidence, and the associated physical and social benefits have never been more important than they are now, moving out of a third national lockdown.

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World Book Week 2021 - posted 25th Feb

Last year celebrating World Book Day meant staff in book-themed fancy dress, students taking part in various competitions as well as an author visit. We also ran a Blind Book Date game and gave students the option to keep the book they chose.

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La Galette des Rois 2021 - posted 8th Feb


During the month of January, the MFL team have been celebrating Epiphany with the French traditional cake “La Galette des Rois” (King’s Cake). Madame Marc baked a Galette des Rois on Epiphany day in the shape of France and encouraged students to try and bake one at home too if they could.

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