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.
This year we celebrated World Book Day with Scholastic, the team that brings us our Book Fairs, for a week of free events. Each day all Year 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to enjoy an array of wonderful authors and illustrators hosting 30 minute events, including draw-a-longs and writing workshops.
One workshop was run by Victoria Schurab who discussed Spooky Stories. Students were then invited to join the competition to write their own the spooky story of no more than 500 words. We had some truly spine-chilling entries! The first-place winner in Year 7 was Chloe, with Year 8 having 2 joint first-place winners, Honey and Eli.
Katy Birchall led a workshop called ‘Design your own witch’. The witch could be drawn by hand or done on with IT programmes such as Paint etc. Again, there were some amazing entries and completely unique witches created. The first-place winner in Year 7 was Izzy and in Year 8 was Willow.
Overall, we felt the entries were of such a high standard that everyone received a reward for their wonderful efforts. Here you can see some of the students receiving their yummy rewards!