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

Christmas Cheer Delivered!

Students at the college have been collating and creating Christmas hampers full of goodies for the good people of Dawlish. Each tutor group collected donations of tins, chocolates, packets, cakes and small gifts. Students were then asked to nominate local families, services or vulnerable elderly people who might appreciate some Christmas cheer at this festive time. With the minibus full of Christmas hampers (and 10 students dressed as Christmas Elves!) we then travelled around town sharing some Christmas spirit and distributing the hampers to the good people and services of Dawlish.

Students visited the hospital, Open Daw, the Strand Centre, fire & ambulance service as well as many elderly people living alone this Christmas. Our wonderful students enjoyed being able to give something back to our community and are already looking forward to an even bigger hamper project for next year! The College would like to thank parents for helping to support this valuable project. Assistant principal Mrs Bukowski said ‘it is so lovely for our students to be able to get out into the community to share kindness at this time of year – a great morning travelling around with our lovely students. We are, as ever very proud of them!’

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