Head's Welcome

Head of College Welcome

Welcome to Dawlish College.

It is an absolute privilege to have been invited to take on the role of Head Of College at Dawlish College; especially at such a positive time as it flourishes within the Formal Management Partnership with Newton Abbot College. Our GCSE results this year have been excellent with students out-performing the national average in many subjects and English and maths passes being the highest in the area.

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
Head Of College


Drama is a popular subject at Dawlish College and is designed to be accessible for all. We work relentlessly to ensure that students feel able to take risks, respect others’ opinions and explore their creativity. All students are supported and challenged to perform in class and reflect on their learning through written work and discussion.

Year 7

Students have a varied experience of drama at primary school and so year 7 is designed to introduce and explore a range of skills such as still images, thought tracking and devised theatre using different topics and stimulus.

Year 8

As students grow in confidence, further techniques are added to their range by investigating and experimenting with mime, abstract theatre and status to name a few.


If students elect to study drama as an option, in Year 9 they will work towards the Bronze Arts Award. This coveted award gives our young people the chance to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through discovering the enjoyment of creating and participating in theatre, developing their creativity and leadership skills. At the end of the year their work is assessed to determine if they have reached the necessary criteria. To date, this has been an extremely successful course and has given students an amazing opportunity to consolidate their skills prior to commencing their BTEC course.

In Years 10 and 11, students study for a BTEC Technical Level 1/2 in Performing Arts with Edexcel and further details of the course can be found in the Guide to Options.

For more information please contact JWaterworth@dawlish.devon.sch.uk or EHedden@dawlish.devon.sch.uk

Knowledge Organisers can be found here.