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



Welcome to Geography where we are driven by our desire to understand the world we live in, and the sometimes difficult relationships people have with their surroundings. Our world is ever-changing so try and keep pace!

Travelling the world with Geography increases students’ understanding of the environment and the way we try to manage this for future generations to enjoy. Geography also increases their awareness and understanding of change and empowers our young people to become active global citizens.

Geography at Dawlish College is an exciting and lively subject, students enjoy their classroom learning and attainment is consistently high.

Year 7

As primary schools take a variety of approaches to teaching Geography we begin with an introductory unit to establish what the study of Geography is. We then embrace our geographical location by studying rivers and coasts as well as looking further afield to study water scarcity in south west USA. Coasts and rivers are both topics that students will return to in greater depth should they select Geography as an option for study at GCSE.

Year 8

In order to keep the subject alive, relevant and engaging for our learners we study natural hazards and ecosystems as well as looking at population distribution, change and management. Again, many of the topics and skills explored will be highly relevant to study at GCSE.

Year 9

As we continue preparations for GCSE Geography study focuses upon urban challenges and climate change, as well as map skills. There is also an opportunity for fieldwork practice, a key element at GCSE.

GCSE Geography: AQA

Geography is a popular subject at GCSE and builds effectively and efficiently on from the knowledge and skills acquired at KS3. The department also uses field trips to supplement and strengthen learning beyond the classroom. Further details of the course can be found in the Guide to Options.

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

Knowledge Organisers can be found here.

KS3 Curriculum Plan