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.
Last night, Dawlish College hosted their Year 5 showcase event. This year the theme was the Grand Circus! Staff and students from Dawlish College have been visiting many of the local primary schools over the last few weeks working together in preparation for the ‘Grand Circus Festival’ Students have been working together to create dance, drama, music, art and craft pieces inspired by this year’s theme ‘The Circus’ to share with friends and family at an open festival of fun, with refreshments and live entertainment.
Exminster primary students opened the evening with a beautiful vocal piece, followed by a ‘page to stage’ poem written by students from Kenn. Gatehouse students showed fantastic flair in their dance pieces inspired by the Greatest showman, whilst students from Kenton took on a scripted piece about a girl whose ambition is to walk the high wire. Cockwood year 5 students have been exploring the world of laughter with their stand-up ‘make em laugh’ routine of gags and one liners.
The College outdoor quad area was decorated with beautiful art pieces, bunting & clown ties galore created by students from Starcross primary whilst a wealth of crafts and circus themed technology projects were on display. All of this together with popcorn, ice cream and fizzy drinks – what more could a year 5 student wish for on a summers evening?