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
Headteacher

ICT

Information Technology is changing at an incredible rate.  It seems like there are new technologies every day that baffle the mind and that solve the most complex of problems. Very rarely will students entering the world of work be in a job that does not require some kind of ICT/Computing knowledge and skills and so we aim to equip students with the building blocks from which to explore an ever-evolving field.

Year 7

With the wonder of technology come some very real dangers and so it is a priority at Dawlish College that students learn how to keep themselves safe on-line. Many students are already highly competent in using computer technology and so we focus on the designing and building of programmes by looking at inputs and outputs, algorithms and flowcharts, SCRATCH programming and website design.

Year 8

In a bid to ensure that Dawlish students are creators of IT and not just users, Year 8 continues to develop their confidence in more complex areas of IT and computing. In preparation for employment in the wider world we introduce them to graphic design, online graphics manipulation game creation and Python programming.

KS4

Students at KS4 can opt to study Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia. This course is ideal for those who have an interest in the world of creative media and have a solid foundation of computer skills. More details about the course can be found in the Guide to Options.

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

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