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


Art Workshop

A large number of Year 8 students recently spent time working with Steve Buckler to produce some work inspired by a range of techniques in Art. The day was funded by The Helen Foundation and we are very grateful for their support.

Students were asked to look at the work of Kurt Jackson and Steven Buckler in readiness for a full day of art, kindly funded by The Helen Foundation. We had 50 Year 8 students over two days learn how to use acrylic paint, various tools and brushes and colour mix to create their own landscape response under the guidance of artist Steven Buckler. Students had to design thumbnail compositions and trial and error colour mixing until they were ready to tackle a larger personal response on stretched paper. Everyone pushed themselves to produce at least piece of work of which they were proud; a fantastic day of creativity. Well done Year 8.

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