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


The Religious Studies department provides an open and accepting environment for students to explore their own beliefs and values while understanding the religious beliefs and cultural values of others. Students learn tolerance by considering alternative viewpoints and learn to express their own views clearly. They are taught to support these views with reference to their religious knowledge and understanding in preparation for GCSE.

Year 7

Year 7 is an interesting and relevant foundation year in which students have fun exploring some big questions around what is important to them and how their beliefs affect their actions. Alongside these personal investigations we begin to learn about key religious leaders and start to understand what really matters in religion.

Year 8

In year 8 the students are challenged with a number of pertinent topics linked to them and the world around them: creation and science; conflict and reconciliation. It’s a year aimed at broadening their horizons and their understanding of the wider world.


All students continue to study RS through until the end of Year 11 when they will sit a GCSE in the subject. This is a valuable experience for the students both morally and practically as, even though not a core subject or an option choice, a GCSE in RS often ends up being the ‘extra’ GCSE that students need to meet the requirements set for post-16 courses. Further details of the course can be found in the Guide to Options.

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

Knowledge Organisers can be found here.