Head's Welcome

Head of College Welcome

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.

R Wickham


Praise and reward is an important part of what we do at Dawlish College. Whilst we have the highest expectations of our students, we also believe that success should be recognised and effort rewarded. One of the main ways we do this is through e-praise which is a points-based rewards system which is used for all year groups at the College. 

Staff will award e-praise points for academic achievement, effort, behaviour, homework, going above and beyond and extra-curricular clubs.  Students can also be awarded e-praise points for personal attributes, employability, leadership, organisation, initiative, resilience and communication. Students will be awarded certificates in recognition of their points during celebration assemblies and points can then be exchanged for educational merchandise from our e-shop, used to enter prize draws or donated to a house charity.

In order to access epraise, please click here.

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