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

Preparing for life and work in today’s world.

Dawlish College art teacher Liz Lithgow will shortly be heading to Malawi as part of Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning, to work with staff and students in Balaka Secondary School.

Connecting Classrooms is run in over 30 countries by the British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID). It works with schools across the globe to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to make a positive contribution to their world.

The programme enables teachers not only to teach these skills to children in their classroom, but also to visit partner schools in other countries to exchange insights and ideas on how to improve teaching and global learning in their schools.

On hearing the news that Dawlish College has successfully applied to take part in the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme, Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said:

‘I am delighted that Dawlish College in the Exeter Cluster is taking on this excellent opportunity to develop their professional practice by collaborating with teachers from Malawi and the UK. Their commitment to equip young people with skills and understanding for life and work in an increasingly global economy is to be commended.’

Students are working with their counterparts in Malawi on an exciting project focusing on Gender Inequality. Year 7 and 9 students at Dawlish College have been using their knowledge of colour theory to create eye-catching African inspired repeat patterns in acrylic and using Photoshop. The year 9 students have also been looking at African female role models to develop into dramatic black and white lino cuts to share with the students in Malawi where gender inequality is common.

Helmes Sozalio, teacher at Balaka Secondary school says he and his 80 students ‘are excited and eagerly await our visit’. We will focus on gender roles and age-related milestones in UK culture with the aim of highlighting the importance of education in providing choices and facilitating change for young women in particular

A special thanks to The Helen Foundation, The Devon Guild and School Art Club who have all donated generously; without their support this project would not be happening. Additional thanks to the staff and governors at Dawlish College who helped to fund the art materials for this project.

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