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

A Message From Malawi

Mrs Lithgow is currently visiting a school in Malawi, as part of an exchange programme. Here's what she sent back recently:

I visited our partner school Balaka Secondary School in Malawi a week ago. It has 470 girls and boys who live full time at the government supported boarding school. There are 32 teaching staff and a female headteacher which is quite uncommon in Malawi it also has 4 staff for children with SEND, two for hearing impairment and two for learning difficulties, which is also rare. There was no tap water available which makes it difficult to support the 470 students boarding on site. They have built a school kitchen but haven’t got the funds to connect the electric ovens so they cook on 3 wood burning stoves under a tin roof in the dusty grounds.

There are very few resources in terms of exercise books and textbooks, no displays on walls and cracked wooden shed type doors and windows.

I worked with 53 students aged between 12 and 15 on the topic of gender inequality. They found it very easy to list different examples of gender inequality. We considered the importance of education in providing options for their future and chose a word to represent their chosen aspiration, for example to nurse, act, teach, build....They used collage, stencils and shapes to illustrate their chosen word in their first ever piece of artwork. We then used paint to decorate a canvas bag with their life goal as a reminder to work hard towards this dream and to encourage the use of reusable bags as their is a litter problem in Malawi and no waste removal provision. None of the children had used paint before. I encouraged 3 of their teachers to participate so they felt confident to use the materials again the future.

The children had never owned their own bag and were very pleased with their work and had huge smiles on their faces. At lunch time when the workshop had finished many of them continued adding to their designs.

We raised £180 in college from staff and governors, selling cake with help from year 10 students Olivia B and Jasmine C, to buy art materials. We had 60 canvas bags donated from the local School Art Club in Newton Abbot. I could only fit £100 worth of materials and small toys and sanitary items in my suitcase. The remaining £80 has been used to buy mattresses for the boarding hostel as there aren’t enough mattresses for each child.

I would like to keep building connections with Balaka Secondary School by raising money and facilitating communications between our students and look forward to welcoming Helmes, a geography teacher from the school, to Dawlish College in the Autumn term.