New year new partners

The Governing Bodies of two local secondary schools are pleased to announce the creation of a formal management partnership between their two schools.  Dawlish Community College and Newton Abbot College have started the new year under this exciting legal arrangement.


Deborrah Back, Chair of Newton Abbot Academy Trust, said: “A formal management partnership is a great way of beginning to formalise the excellent relationship that has been developing between the two schools for some time now.  It involves a management partnership committee of governor representation from both schools to oversee the partnership; hold the Executive Leadership to account; and ensure that both schools continue to increase opportunities, maximise outcomes and improve life chances for their students through the collaboration.”


Right – John Simons, Principal Dawlish Community College       Left – Paul Cornish, Executive Principal Newton Abbot College + Dawlish Community College
Paul Cornish, Executive Principal Newton Abbot College and John Simons, Principal Dawlish Community College

Jon Harries, Chair of Governors at Dawlish Community College, commented: “We are very excited to be working more formally with Newton Abbot College.  Clearly, they have a track record of rapid school improvement and have seen some phenomenally high examination results for their students in recent years when compared to local and national averages.” He continued, “Here at Dawlish we recently received a very pleasing monitoring visit from Ofsted who were very positive about the progress being made by the staff and students.”


The report left by inspectors after their recent monitoring visit to Dawlish stated, “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action”.   It also highlighted that, “the most able pupils are eager to do well” and “the achievement of disadvantaged students has risen sharply.” 


“The sharing of excellent practice, governance, and leadership capacity at all levels should allow both schools to continue to drive rapid improvements,” concluded Jon Harries.

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