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.
Local author John Townsend visited Dawlish College as part of our World Book Day activities. He initially led a large assembly consisting of all year 7 and 8 students. He immediately caught their attention by introducing the topic as The Science of Fear and continued to keep them completely engaged by discussing the 10 most common phobias, referring to his own books covering the subjects and showing them short film clips. Everyone gave him a huge clap at the end!
We then moved on to the library and two smaller workshops, designed to reward those who have been really engaged with Accelerated Reading programme (AR). The students consisted of a real mix of abilities, from those who had high scores from taking AR quizzes, to those who just kept trying even if they didn’t always pass. These workshops were entitled The Unexplained and were a great opportunity for the students to hear some of John’s wonderful stories and to tell the group some of theirs. Both students and staff found these workshops fascinating and John is booked to join us again for World Book Week in 2 years’ time when we’ll have a fresh bunch of years 7 and 8 for his next workshops.
Students were also engaged in a "book hunt". They had to find out from staff which books they enjoyed reading the most and the reasons why. There were prizes available for the students who collected the most answers. There was also a "love a book" pick and mix in the library, where students could win a book by selecting a winning raffle ticket.
Overall an exciting and fun day!