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 the diverse world of science at Dawlish College. Here we aim to foster innovation, imagination and critical thinking as we study the world around us and our place in it. As scientists we are curious about all things – from the smallest subatomic particle to the largest structures in the Universe. Our goal is to develop independent young scientists who can contribute to the thriving scientific community around the globe.

Year 7

It’s straight down to business in year 7 covering a range of topics across all three disciplines (biology, chemistry and physics).

B1: Living systems
C1: The particulate nature of matter
P1: Forces and motion
B2: Diet and health
C2: Atoms, elements and compounds
P2: Levers, moments and pressure
B3: Genetic and evolution
C3: Reactions
P3: Electricity and electromagnetism

Year 8

By the end of year 8 students will have a solid foundation in the key scientific theories and will be well-placed to move onto either double award science as part of their core curriculum or opt to take triple science as an option.

B4: Photosynthesis, respiration and circulation
C4: Acids and alkalis
P4: Energy
B5: Reproduction and growth
C5: Materials and everyday chemistry
P5: Waves
B6: Ecosystems
C6: The Earth and atmosphere
P6: Space

Year 9

Year 9 is a transition year where students study the introductory units of the Combined Science Trilogy course. These units provide a secure foundation on which to build the skills and knowledge of all GCSE Science routes following option choices in year 9. The units studied are as follows:
• Cell biology
• Organisation
• Atomic structure and the periodic table
• Bonding, structure and properties of matter
• Energy
• Electricity


There are two possible routes for studying science at GCSE:
1) Study for a double award in science (across all three disciplines combined) and gain two GCSEs.
2) Choose to take separate sciences (each science taught and assessed separately) as an option choice and gain three GCSEs.

Both follow the AQA specification and further details of the courses can be found in the Guide to Options.

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

Knowledge Organisers can be found here.