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.
Every year around Christmas time, we send hampers to our local community, especially those who are less fortunate, who may not have any family around them to be with at Christmas time, and those we feel deserve something special at this time of year. We ask each student in their tutor group to provide items to make up one hamper. This might include items with long shelf-lives (pasta, teabags etc), Christmas treats such as: biscuits, ginger bread, mince pies, Yule logs or Christmas puddings, sweets and cakes as well as baubles or Christmas novelties. We also asked students and parents to nominate members of the local community to receive our hampers.
We were delighted to be able to take 15 hampers out to unsuspecting members of our local community who were delighted to receive them. Thank you for everyone who contributed to this and also our end of term food collection for Dawlish Community Larder. We received over 650 items, which enabled those who were struggling or who needed support to eat well over the holiday period.