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.

R Wickham


The study of history at Dawlish College leads students through a wide range of historical periods, developing students’ skills of historical enquiry, source analysis, development of argument and written communication as they go. History also helps students empathise with the people of the past and the decisions that they have made. As a result they develop a deeper understanding of the people and world around them making them tolerant global citizens.

Year 7

The use of sources is a vital skill in studying history and so we ensure that this is one of the first things tackled in Year 7. Once students have a good understanding of the role of sources we move onto the delights of The Black Death, Tudor times and 1066 and all its resulting dramas.

Year 8

Year 8 is a packed and varied year with something for everyone. Topics range from The Titanic through to World War One and on to the USA in the twentieth century. Key skills of enquiry and evaluation continue to be taught in readiness for GCSE.

GCSE History: Edexcel

History is a popular, if academically challenging, subject at GCSE. KS3 is designed to lay the solid foundations from which to build over the three year GCSE course. 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.