Head's Welcome

Head of College Welcome

Welcome to Dawlish College.

It is an absolute privilege to have been invited to take on the role of Head Of College at Dawlish College; especially at such a positive time as it flourishes within the Formal Management Partnership with Newton Abbot College. Our GCSE results this year have been excellent with students out-performing the national average in many subjects and English and maths passes being the highest in the area.

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
Head Of College

Five times South West BMX Champion - Louise

Louise is currently in Year 11 studying hard for her GCSEs. What many don’t know is what an amazing and successful career she has had as a BMX Rider so far. Louise highlights her achievements so far.

Louise started riding a bike from the age of 3 and was immediately hooked. With a history of BMX racing in the family, her dad introduced Louise and her sister to the sport. From as young as 4 years old Louise started competing in local BMX events and it wasn’t long before she became part of the Greenmachine BMX team. Over the last 11 years, Louise has represented the team in many regional and national events all over the UK.
Here are some of her amazing achievements:

• Represented Great Britain in 3 World Championships.
• Travelled to Heusden-Zolder, Belgium in July this year to compete in the UCI BMX World Championships 2019.
• Ranked 5th in the female 15 category in the 2019 HSBC UK BMX National Series.
• Placed 3rd at the 2019 HSBC UK British BMX Championships in female 15 category.
• Raced against the 15 year old males at South West BMX Regional series in order to improve and challenge herself.
• Ranked 3rd in the male 15 category in the South West BMX Regional Series.
• 5 times South west Champion

Louise has shown huge commitment to the sport and now trains at local club, Exeter Eagles and the local gym. Louise is also in the process of starting her own National BMX team for the 2020 season to help and encourage local riders.

“I am very proud of my final results from the 2019 season as I reached my goals of improving from last year. After a few weeks off as the season came to an end, I have now began training and preparing for 2020. BMX has given me the opportunity to see so many different places and meet new people”.

Well done Louise and good luck for 2020