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

Parents' Forum Feedback October 2018

Discussion at our recent Parents’ Forum explored a number of issues. It was a positive and collaborative evening and we thank everyone who attended. Below are some of the highlights from our discussions.

Homework was discussed, in particular for the older students. Concerns about how much was being set were raised – with some concerns that students were getting too much in some instances. The use of EPraise for recording homework was felt to not always be used effectively, and these matters have been passed to the Leadership Team and staff for action.

There was extremely positive feedback regarding the Open Evening – parents noticed that students who helped felt the atmosphere was positive and that students felt proud of their college.

A brief discussion regarding the uniform changes and the difficulties that parents had in dealing with Thomas Moore was fruitful. The College are exploring alternative providers and is now selling ties and badges from the main reception.

The support evenings for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 were recognised and thanks were given for these evenings – parents felt they were worthwhile and useful in supporting their children.

Since the new GDPR rules had come into place names had not appeared on Face-book regularly. The difficulties around the age permission for data to be used had made this a difficult project but as a college we are looking into alternative ways of recognising the students publically. Individual letters are still sent out each week.

Parents said that they felt that leadership was strong and that it felt tighter – they feel more confident about the college and the education that their child is now getting here at the college. One parent (daughter left in the summer and currently studies at Exeter College) wanted to thank staff for all their hard work in helping her succeed in her exams. Her daughter now is finding that is she is completely prepared for college study and her teachers at Exeter have commented on how well prepared students from Dawlish are in terms of knowledge, maturity and approach to learning.

The College is exploring the development of our Art Show in the summer term to create an event on site where professional artists can exhibit their work alongside the work of our students. This would bring the wider community into the college to celebrate our site, our students and our community. It was agreed this could be a big local event and ‘annual’ event and something that could raise funds and the profile of the college. Anyone interested should contact Mrs Medland.

K Bukowski