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

RE Department Visits

The Religious Education Department have been very busy recently with Year 8 and 9 students involved in off-site activities.

Year 8 students took part in a day of spiritual and moral activities organised at Buckfast Abbey. They participated in a wide range of activities—the most popular being the ReConnect experience where there was a range of thought- provoking activities, including a "Selfie - Who Are You?" activity, a thought wall and opportunities to create something for the "Hope Tree". Students went on a monastic trail and learnt about the history of the Abbey. A café style activity with refreshments to talk about the experience in the Reconnect zone was also popular.

Meanwhile Year 9 students spent a day engaged in events and activities in Exeter as part of a Holocaust Memorial event. The theme of this year’s events was torn from home.

Students completed a spiritual walk around Exeter reflecting on the victims of discrimination and persecution in the history of Exeter. There was a visit to Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Synagogue, Catholic Church, the Jewish cemetery and Dissenters grave yard. They then heard from a married couple who were refugees from Syria who have now made a home in Devon which really brought home the torn from home message of the Holocaust Memorial events this year. It was a very important and inspiring day with all students showing great respect and taking the opportunity to reflect on what they had discovered.

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