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

School Closure Update 18 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

You may be aware that the education secretary announced this afternoon at 17:15 that schools in England will close from the end of the school day on Friday 20th March until further notice.

At Dawlish College we intend to continue as normal (or as near as) until that time. At this moment I do not have any specific details about ‘key’ workers or the arrangements that will be made for their children and those children who are considered to be vulnerable. I am sure that this will become clearer from central and local government over the coming hours and I will update you as soon as possible.

To reiterate, as I leave the College this evening there is no reason why tomorrow will not be just another normal day for all those who are able to attend. I look forward to seeing them.

Thank you for your ongoing support at this truly testing time and please take care of each other.


Rachel Wickham