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

Demystifying SEND workshops

Some people will know from birth that their child has a disability and will have information given by health professionals. For many parents the special educational needs of their child emerge over time. Wherever you are on your journey you need access to clear information and this session has been designed to get you started and help you find information relevant to your child.

As time goes on, things will change for your child. They will make progress and get older and their situation and goals will change. So, their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will need to change too. For this to happen the plan will need to be reviewed regularly – usually once every 12 months.

The first session on 12 July 10.30-12.30 is aimed at parent/carers new to the journey of supporting their child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Often parents do not know where to find the information they need to support their child or what to expect in terms of support. This short session aims to signpost and highlight pathways for supporting SEND children and their families. The sessions will be delivered in a varied virtual format, a combination of presentation and participation with a questions segment at the end. To book on this session please follow the link below:

Demystifying SEND ( Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

There is also a free a 2-hour on-line session for parent carers in preparation for the ECHP Review process in Devon. This session is aimed at parent carers of a child with an active EHCP is delivered by Devon Information Advice and Support service (DiAS). To book a session please follow the link below to Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/education-health-and-care-plan-ehcp-review-mythbusting-tickets

Dates:
Wednesday 14/7 10.30-12.30
• Wednesday 21/7 10.30-12.0
• Thursday 23/9 10.30- 12.30

If you would like to know more about the sessions please email: megan.kenneallystone@devon.gov.uk