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



Those pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make strong progress.”  - Ofsted December 2016 

As a fully inclusive college, our Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) team aims to assist all teaching staff to ensure students with special educational needs and disabilities are successfully and fully included and that they make progress in line with their ability.

We believe that students’ special educational needs can be best met in mainstream classes alongside their peers and that it is our duty to prepare them for a life outside of education. All young people have individual needs and an individual approach enhances learning in every classroom whilst also encouraging independence.

Our focus is to provide a high quality support service to our staff and students in order to assist in removing barriers to learning, enabling all students to become independent, responsible and successful learners whatever their abilities, skills and talents.

Devon’s Local Offer outlines what you can expect to be available for children and young people with SEND in Devon across education, health and social care services.

Devon Education Services

The College’s SEND Policy can be found here.

Individual SEND requirements are unique; to discuss your child’s needs please contact the College for more information and guidance. SEND@dawlish.devon.sch.uk

SENCO: Kathryn Wharton-Darke
Assistant SENCO: Angela Howell
DC DSEN School Offer 2021-2022
DC Annual DSEN Information Report 2022