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
Headteacher

Careers Focus- September 2021

Careers focus: Autumn Term 2021 – Employability Skills

Year 7 Careers
To help them develop their communication skills and improve their confidence levels, making them more employable in the future, we will be using Skills Builder with a focus on ‘Communication and Speaking’ to begin with. There will be a project later in the year to prepare them for the future world of work, focusing on improving their confidence levels and communication skills. This is called the ‘About Me’ Project. Online resources to support careers education will be updated regularly on Google Classroom for all students.

Year 8 Careers
We focus on the ‘Staying Positive’ strand for this term.Using Skills Builder, we can set the scene and ask what they already know about this essential skill. Work will involve discussion; they can watch a short video and work through the various Q & A sessions available. Online resources to support careers education will be updated regularly on Google Classroom for all students.

Year 9 Careers
The focus is on the ‘Problem-Solving’ strand this term. Using Skills Builder, we can set the scene and ask what they already know about this essential skill. Work will involve discussion; they can watch a short video and work through the various Q & A sessions available. Online resources to support careers education will be updated regularly on Google Classroom for all students.

Year 10 Careers
The focus is on the ‘Teamwork’ strand this term. There will be a project later in the year to prepare them for future interviews called the ‘Why Me Project’. This replaces the traditional ‘Mock Interviews.’ They will be working with dynamic professionals, currently in the world of business.

Year 11 Careers
We are organising career assemblies to help them with their post 16 transition to a college or career of their choice and 1-2-1 interviews will start on Wednesday 15th September 2021. The following support will be in place for our year 11 students this year:
• 1-2-1 interviews with post 16 colleges & impartial 1-2-1 advice from CSW.
• Career assemblies from post 16 colleges & employers throughout the year.
• Online resources to support careers education will be updated regularly on Google Classroom for all students