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.
We are excited to be delivering a new communications programme, called “About Me” to our Year 7 students as part of our dynamic careers programme. Students will be coming out of one of their normal lessons, for a 20-minute coaching session on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th May. This programme has the following aims:
1. To enable young people to identify and articulate their strengths, their skills and their values in positive language to adults.
2. To enable young people to understand this is an important life and work skill to help them succeed in what they want to achieve.
3. To increase levels of confidence, positive thinking, ambition, attitude & self-awareness.
4. To enable young people to present to an audience.
Most students have already received a 20- minute coaching session from a business coach and worked through an “About Me” worksheet the students were given to prepare. The business coach now helps the student develop that into a 60 second presentation about themselves to be delivered to their tutor group and panel of business leaders during the summer term. The first session was to identify their interests, skills, strengths and things they are passionate about and shape that into a presentation using a template provided if they wish. The second session is to develop that further and allow them to practice delivery of this presentation to the business coaches, to gain feedback and presentation technique tips.
The second phase will be held on Wednesday and Thursday 5th & 6th May. Tutors and myself will have a schedule of when their next appointments will be, nearer the time.
So far we have had positive feedback form parents, students and business coaches. Please see business coach feedback below.
“This was remarkably effective on-line, I wasn’t sure it would be as successful as it was. I was so impressed by the students positive manner and the high engagement with this. They expressed themselves well and were so polite and friendly, it was a pleasure to coach them.” Tess Read
“II had a really rewarding experience. All but one student fully engaged with sessions and I was completely blown away by some of them.
I’ve provided my notes and feedback to Amanda at the end of last week. I’d be delighted to remain involved with the progression of these sessions, so count me in.”
“What a great bunch of students to work with. I think it is a great programme. The young people responded well to help with communication, recognising their strengths and talents and, hopefully we gave them the confidence to talk about this and present themselves well.” Sue Cockayne