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

Design and Technology

Design and Technology (D&T) is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which aims to prepare all our young people to live and work in the designed and made world.

Between us we come from a range of backgrounds and have a broad variety of skills. One thing that we all have in common is a passion for our subject and all things creative and practical. This ethos runs through our teaching as we encourage students to explore, experiment and persevere to find solutions.

Year 7

Students will complete four units across the disciplines this year and will be hands on and practical from the start. Students will be making products to take home in product design, food and textiles.

Year 8

Year 8 is another year of creating and making across the disciplines with plenty of their outcomes being shared with home from healthy take-away meals to mechanical toys.


In year 8 students may opt to take a design and technology subject(s) as part of the options process. There are currently three choices: Design and Technology (AQA) with a specialism in materials technology; Design and Technology (AQA) with a specialism in textiles; Food Preparation and Nutrition (WJEC).

If students wish to opt for more than one of these subjects, they can choose either materials technology or textiles, along with Food Preparation and Nutrition.

Further details of the courses can be found in the Guide to Options.

For more information please contact BBelworthy@dawlish.devon.sch.uk

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