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


Learning Centre Gets Top Recognition

We are so very proud that our learning centre managers have recently been recognised nationally for their fantastic work.

Mrs Meredith and Mrs Cotton were recently commended by the Society of Authors, a union of 11,00 professional authors who regularly visit schools around the country delivering talks and workshops, for their hard work and efforts.

Nominated by local author John Townsend, they received a certificate from award winning author and Society of Authors’ President, Sir Phillip Pullman.

In his nomination, John wrote: “When a school library is run by two committed and dedicated librarians who job share but give far more than the sum of their parts, one cannot help to be impressed. That they both give so much time, encouragement and patience in promoting reading, while multi-tasking beyond measure when running all manner of library activities, I could only feel exhausted from observing all that goes on. I sensed the library is the beating heart of the school, and that’s all down to the caring and enthusiastic support of the librarians – who not only manage Accelerated Reader, but also a biscuit tin like no other – often to bribe, encourage and cajole perfectly!”

Congratulations to Mrs Cottton and Mrs Meredith for their amazing work and commitment to our students, and a huge thank you from all of us!

ILibrary award