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.
As we approach the start of term I wanted to revisit some information and bring you up to date with changes. For your reference I have attached the letter and supporting document that was sent out at the end of term and I will attempt to review the key pieces of information here. As always, this is subject to change as and when the government issues new guidance.
There is a staggered return to support our new Year 7 cohort and enable us to establish the new routines and ways of working for everyone at the college. On arrival, students must go straight to their Home Zones via their allocated entrance/exit point (in the letter attached). Their tutor will meet them and guide them from there. This is completely new to students so I would greatly appreciate your support in ensuring that your child/children is/are aware of this requirement.
|Year Group (s)||Date (8:40 for 8:45)||Home zone|
|Year 7||Tuesday 8 September||Quad (MH on first day)|
|Year 8||Wednesday 9 September||42-46 / basketball court|
|Year 11||Thursday 10 September||8,9,61 & 62 /Area between Tech /ICT|
|Years 9 and 10||Friday 11 September||
Year 9 11-15 / car park
Year 10: 32-36 / Area between Humanities and Tech.
PE and Uniform
We have decided that we will not return to the use of changing facilities at this point and so students will need to come in their PE kit on the days they have PE (not required on their first day back). We recognise that there are some challenges with this (such as sitting in sweaty/wet clothes depending on the weather) however we cannot find a way round this whilst also complying with the guidance at this current time. We are willing to be as flexible as we can be with regards to kit but we do need to remember that we are a school, with a uniform, and not a youth club. Therefore, whilst Dawlish College branded hoodies, leggings and tracksuit bottoms are preferable, we will accept plain black or blue equivalents (no branding) during this time. Short/skirts and T shirts must be standard college uniform.
As we do not have 5 indoor areas that are large enough to house entire year groups in inclement weather it is essential that students have a good waterproof coat and sensible (all black) footwear.
We recognise that access to hot food at school is important to many of our young people and so we will be retaining a meal service. However, in order to adhere to the guidance, this will look very different and may not suit everyone. Again, we have done our best in the circumstances. There are allocated time slots per year group, a different queuing system (which will be explained to students on their return) and no indoor seating available.
|Year Group||Canteen Slot|
|Year 7||11:05 - 11:20|
|Year 8||11:20 - 11:35|
|Year 9||13:35 - 13:50 (Drama Studio queue)|
|Year 10||13:35-13:50 (Canopy queue)|
Our local area has a low rate of Covid-19 infection and transmission and, as a college, we have taken a number of precautions to minimise the risk. We are also blessed with a very open site. Therefore, in line with the latest government guidance, we will not be making the wearing of masks mandatory in any area of the college.
However, I recognise that some students may feel more comfortable wearing a face mask whilst travelling around the site and I am very happy for them to do so. A small number of staff who have been shielding may also decide to wear a mask or visor and this will also be supported by the college. Please note that student masks must be plain in appearance (no logos or motifs) and must be worn appropriately and sensibly. Any students intentionally misusing a face mask will be required to take it off.
Dedicated School Transport
I have attached the latest information from Devon County Council for your reference. Please note that they are now recommending that students wear a face mask to travel – it is not mandatory as it is for travel on public transport.
Clearly, there is much that will be different about returning to school in September and quite rightly so. It is important that we all work together to understand and establish the new ways of doing things for everyone’s safety and well-being. Whilst some of the restrictions will result in changes that are not what you and your child would prefer, we have worked and will continue to work to make the best of the situation we find ourselves in. The changes will become apparent over the first few weeks and we will be constantly reviewing and updating our ways of working to provide the best experience possible for our young people whilst also adhering to the regulations.