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


Monica Shanta artist workshop

Year 10 Art students were given a 1-day Digital Collage workshop using nature as their inspiration, working alongside the artist Monica Shanta.

As a starting point, the students were given the space of the School garden to photograph, paying particular interest to the natural formation and geometry found in the plants. Students were using the Kaleidoscope app on their phones whilst taking the photos to capture a range of surprisingly interesting outcomes. These images were then taken back to the classroom to edit, explore and manipulate using the Kaleidoscope and layout app.

To further explore their images, Monica demonstrated ways to then print natural forms over the top of their printed outcomes. The Year 10's produced a strong body of work in and out of their sketchbooks, which will become part of their GCSE coursework portfolio.
Overall, the opportunity to watch and work directly from the artist was a real inspiration to the students and us as teachers- learning a new approach to making art.

A special thanks to The Helen Foundation, for funding the 2-day workshop and DAISI for providing us with a fantastic workshop.

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