Dawlish is a friendly seaside town that retains a traditional shopping area with independent shops and personal service. This is an excellent environment for our students to explore local facilities in a caring community.
We encourage our students to learn about the local area, to join in local events and to contribute as members of the local community. We support students to get about safely in the town and to access local services for themselves.
Our Accessing the Community programme is all about becoming more independent and supporting our students to gain the skills to make choices and decisions for themselves. Our programme includes:
Access to Retail Services
Shopping, choosing goods or services, making decisions on price and quality and doing financial transactions at the till are all important skills for independence and great for embedding functional numeracy skills.
Access to Leisure
The Red Rock leisure centre is 500 metres from the college. Here our students can relax and enjoy a range of sports, games and leisure activities in the company of students from other local schools and colleges.
Access to Health
Dawlish local GP services and Dawlish Hospital are centrally located and we support our students with appointment and services and encourage them to understand how these local services work.
Access to Financial Services
Our students need to learn and retain the basic knowledge and skills to know how a bank account operates and how to budget their income. We support students with visits to banks and other commercial enterprises to introduce the idea of safe practise in managing money.
Access to Public Transport
Dawlish has good radial access to Exeter, Dartmoor, Torbay and South Devon. We support our students in accessing the many attractions that Devon has to offer, from beautiful beaches to wild moorland and the busy attractions in nearby Exeter, the Regional Capital. Dawlish boasts great bus and train links and using local transport enables our students to develop transferable skills that they can use elsewhere.