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

World Book Day 2019

World Book Day 2019 was a huge success here at Dawlish. The well-known children’s author, Tamsin Cooke, gave a really inspiring talk about becoming and author. She revealed secrets of her work, including the 12 years perseverance it took to get published, as well as the really interesting research which goes into writing literature. The pupils of Year 7 and Year 8 learned that this author had learned how to disable car and house alarms and what went on inside a stunt academy. They were treated to thrilling videos of stunts from films such as ‘Everest’ being filmed and learned that the most important piece of equipment to have if you want to be a writer is…a notebook! Inspiration can strike at any time, so be prepared. Some lucky Year 7 and 8s were invited to take part in a writing workshop in which they developed their imaginative writing in a range of genres. We would like to say thank you to Tamsin and thank you to the students who responded so well.

Clearly, the highlight of the day however, was the English Department and the wonderful librarians dressing as characters from ‘Harry Potter.’ They were ably assisted by other staff members dressed in outfits ranging from Willy Wonka to Mary Poppins!

Thank you to all involved.

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