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



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 and 9

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.


Students elect to study drama as an option. The course 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. Tech Award qualifications are designed to help learners:

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

Knowledge Organisers can be found here.