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.
The second heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition produced another close competition at the end of November. Local, Area and District Rotary competitions are being held at the College for the first time and are being fully supported by Dawlish Water Rotary Club.
“We are thrilled to be hosting three stages of this prestigious Rotary event and encouraging our young people to support and encourage development of cookery skills,” said Bryony Belworthy, Raising Standards leader for Design & Technology at Dawlish College.
In the second heat, there were two students each competing from four schools. The overall winner was Churston Ferrers Grammar School, with Exmouth Community College second and Gina, of Dawlish College, was third. All contestants, who prepared meals over two hours, were praised highly by the judges for the cooking skills they displayed.
The judges were Mollie Thomas, who has judged many Young Chef Competitions in the past, and Ed McLaughlin, of Dawlish Water Rotary Club, who has extensive knowledge of the catering trade.
All contestants were handed participation certificates by Robin Buchanan, the Chair of Dawlish Water Rotary Club's Youth Activities Committee. Rachel Wickham, the Head of Dawlish College, presented cash prizes and commemorative plaques to the three winners. Also present were Simon Wood, the Rotary District Governor for the South West, and Nick Pickles, the organiser of the competition for the District.
The next heat - the District Competition, which will also include schools from other areas of Devon and from Cornwall - will be held at Dawlish College in February 2020.