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

Design Technology Success

Dawlish College Design Technology Faculty has been delighted to be working with Dawlish Community Transport, converting a mobility scooter into a more substantial car with promotional facilities.

The idea was to create a minibus shape and/or car that could be clipped on and off the frame combined with a board that could be fitted on the back to advertise the Community transport service. The aim was for staff from the Community Transport group to be able to ride the scooter to and from events whilst still being able to use it as a normal scooter.

We were delighted to receive a great number of designs and the students then began working on creating the final design. As well as designing the car, students have also been instrumental in its construction, with materials donated by Morris & McGinn Builders Merchants.

This summer the finished vehicle has been driven around by Community Support Officers, Councillors, Rotarians, children and adults alike. It was fantastic to see it in the Dawlish Carnival Parade where it was awarded a Highly Commended in the Motorised Walking Entry.

The Faculty has also been working with Gatehouse Primary Academy on their latest project to supporting recycling. The train frame was built by students from Dawlish College for Gatehouse primary school, the train frame was finished off and painted by Gatehouse and filled with plastic waste by Dawlish Against Plastic to highlight plastic waste and recycling. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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