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


GCSE options are selected by students mid-way through Year 8. In order to meet the needs of the individual, we structure our options process differently to most schools. We do not restrict student choice by having pre-determined ‘blocks’ from which they must choose. Instead, students have free choice to tailor their subjects to create an individual learning portfolio that is specifically suited to their preferences, passions and future career interests.

Across the two weeks, the majority of students in KS 4 have the following number of 60 minute lessons in each subject.

Subject Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English 8 8 8
Maths 8 8 8
Science 8 9 9
Religious Studies 2 2 2
Core PE 4 3 3
Option A 5 5 5
Option B 5 5 5
Option C 5 5 5
Option D 5 5 5

There is also a slightly adapted curriculum available for students who require additional support. In this curriculum students choose three option subjects and have additional support with study skills and literacy.