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.
It was a pleasure to welcome a select number of students and parents/carers back onto the school site on Thursday to take part in our annual Awards Evening in person. Safety was at the forefront of our planning of the event and we would like to thank those who attended for their obliging compliance with our system of controls. Despite all the constraints it was fantastic to see people face-to-face and to have the opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of our students.
We hope those that attended enjoyed the experience of being singled out for praise by their teachers and that others will aspire to be among the award winners in future years. As Mrs Wickham said in her address: "So many of our young people have worked so hard and achieved so much during this challenging year. Please know that the awards you have received have been well and truly earnt by you: your talent, your hard work and your positive attitude. I am incredibly proud of you"