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.

R Wickham
Headteacher

Buckfast Abbey Experience

Recently Year 8 students went to a day of spiritual and moral activities organised by Buckfast Abbey.

The high-light of the day was the REconnect experience: a range of thought provoking and exciting activities including selfie reflect, who are you? T-shirts, the quotes kitchen, vote book, thought wall and chill out zone. Students chose friendship bracelets and made Religious symbols while putting hopes on a spiritual tree. It was a different experience with lasers, lights and music.

REimagine was a café style activity with refreshments to talk about the experience in the Reconnect zone. Students also had a monastic trail and film.

There was time to visit the beautiful Abbey Church. Students answered a quiz around the Abbey. The REreflect activity was based in the oldest part of the Abbey and students enjoyed reflecting on Christian spirituality and prayers with a range of activities.

It was a busy, thought provoking and inspiring day with all students showing great respect. They were an outstanding group with a lovely attitude who made the whole day very enjoyable for all. Ms Fox would like to thank all the students who took part and the staff that helped it to happen – Mrs Hillyard, Mrs Harris, Mr Peters and Mrs McCarthy.

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