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.

S Banks


Friday 26th May – PE Charity Event

Friday 26th May – PE Charity Event at Dawlish College

On the 26th May 2023, the PE department are organising a whole school charity event for this years chosen college charity, ‘Jays Aim’.

A number of the college staff have already been involved in fundraising activities including, sky dives and the Plymouth Half Marathon. We would now like to give students the opportunity to also be involved.

Students will complete a 1 mile route around the school fields and astroturf in an allocated lesson during the college day. With the exception of year 10, who do not normally have PE on this day, this will take place during their timetabled PE lesson. Students are invited to complete the mile in any way that they wish, this might be jogging, walking, skipping, 3-legged walking, or even walking on their hands – the choice is theirs!

We have set up a whole college JustGiving page and are setting students the challenge of trying to fundraise £5. Donations can be made by friends and family by clicking on the link to the JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/page/jays-aim-dawlishcollegemile

The day will be a non-school uniform day, but students must wear something suitable for this challenge or bring PE kit to change into. If you would rather your child did not take part in the fundraising aspect of the event we ask that a £1 donation is made through ParentMail for the non-uniform aspect of the day: (payment>shop>item>basket>checkout.)

A cake bake sale will also be held under the canopy with all proceeds going to Jay’s Aim. Donations for cakes can be given in collection pots or via a card reader. If parents/carers would like to support the cake bake sale, we would be very grateful. We ask that donations are given to Student Office on the Thursday before the event.

We hope this will be a fun event, to finish the end of the half term and to support our chosen charity. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions regarding the day.

Hannah Dempsey
Raising Standards Leader: PE