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.
Dawlish College is a vibrant and exciting place to be. As a relatively small school we have the luxury of knowing every young person as an individual whilst also being able to offer every opportunity. Working collaboratively, having fun and enjoying what we do is at the heart of what it means to work with us and we believe that this is why students thrive, our outcomes are strong and we are growing year on year.
Dawlish College is part of Estuaries Multi Academy Trust. At Estuaries Multi Academy Trust, we have exceptional expectations of our students and staff and we welcome applicants who share our commitment to place student learning at the centre of everything we do. Our induction programme is excellent, and all staff are involved in an innovative CPD programme. Estuaries Trust is an inspiring place to work, with staff who are dedicated to increasing opportunities, maximising outcomes and improving the life chances of all pupils and families that we serve, and to nurture, develop and grow the talent of staff.
The MFL department at Dawlish College is stable and successful. We predominantly teach Spanish and French, and you will lead three experienced teachers who each specialise in two of French, Spanish and German. Spanish and French GCSE outcomes in recent years have been a strength and have seen the department ranked at or near the top of county progress tables. This year in KS4 we have also introduced a new, vocational German course for those students who are not studying French or Spanish GCSE, leading to an internationally recognised A1 language qualification.
The department is well resourced, both in physical resources and with digital subscriptions to ActiveTeach for all languages at all key stages, in order to support teachers in the effective and engaging implementation of the curriculum. Everybody in the department is committed to providing a rich extracurricular offer and, in pre-COVID times, many trips and exchanges to both France and Spain gave students the opportunity to experience the real-life culture of those countries in an immersive language environment.
We are seeking an outstanding individual with drive, passion, enthusiasm and ambition to lead our Modern Foreign Languages department in the next stage of its development and beyond. Your challenge will be to lead the department in teaching engaging and effective lessons and achieving high levels of student progress.
The ability to deliver GCSE Spanish is essential.
If you think you can make a difference to our students and relish the idea of joining our successful, supportive and highly motivated team in the delivery of an excellent MFL education, then we want to hear from you!
You will have high expectations of student achievement and behaviour, good communication skills and a commitment to working as part of a team.
Please see the job description and person specification for further details regarding this post.
If you like what you see and read and believe that you can support us in continuing to achieve great things here at Dawlish College, then do get in touch.
Deadline for applications:Monday 11 October 2021 at 9.00am
Interview date: to be confirmed
Start date: 1st January 2022
Visiting the School: By arrangement
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and expect all staff to share this commitment. If successful, you will undergo Disclosure and Barring Service and employment checks.