Hi I’m Andy and I am the Head of Campus at Dawlish. Oakwood Dawlish was our first college campus and we have been here for over 20 years!

The campus is located just next to the beachfront which gives lots of opportunities for our learners to enjoy learning outdoors. We are also a short walk from the town centre, with its bustling shops and cafes giving learners lots of chance to practice their independent living skills.

On campus we have two college buildings; Magnolia and Camelia. Each building has classrooms, calm rooms and sensory rooms for the learners to use and we have a fantastic garden space which is really enjoyed by everyone. The trampoline and swing are a big hit, as well as our basketball hoop, garden games and football pitch!

We have more learners on campus at Dawlish than the other campuses, but it doesn’t feel busy because of the outdoor space and large classroom areas. We also have a lot of learners out on work experience – in fact almost every learner at Dawlish goes out at least once a week to a workplace.  We have some great work opportunities here – with learners working in cafe chains and retail, and we have some relationships with some big employers  like English Heritage and supermarkets. We are really close to Exeter too so there are lots of opportunities  for learners to find a placement they are excited about.

I am so proud to work at Oakwood Dawlish, the team here are really supportive and committed to ensuring the success of everyone who learns here.

Kind regards
Head of Campus


Feedback from last Academic year

Philosophy on feedback

As part of our approach to reflective practice Phoenix Learning and Care recognise and embrace the importance of developing a culture of continual learning and development.  We welcome feedback on our achievements and the opportunity to share best practice, however we equally understand the importance of learning from our shortfalls. As such we welcome hearing about where we may have not lived up to our high standards and we truly value the opportunity to reflect and learn about areas that we need to develop further.

Within the last academic year we have received the following number of compliments and complaints.  


If you would like to provide feedback to the school or wish to make us aware of a compliment or complaint then you can email the school direct.

Alternatively, you may contact our Operations Director for Education, Darren Jackson on:

We treat all concerns appropriately and all complaints are investigated thoroughly following our complaints policy and procedure which can be found within the Policies section of this website.  


Our proprietors Phoenix Learning and Care, welcome enquiries for placements in any of our services.

Please call us on 03330 150331 or email

We will provide an initial response to all enquiries as soon as possible, advising the options available and indicative dates of admission.

The referrals team can discuss the local offer and where appropriate, put you in contact with the respective Registered Manager or Head Teacher to discuss the practical areas in greater detail.

The Young Person and/or Student are openly encouraged to visit along with parents, guardians or Social Workers to see if the placement is suitable.

Once the placement is confirmed, we work to ensure a smooth transition including the completion of required documentation.


We work closely with our children/young people, their families and professionals to create bespoke programmes of learning for students, which are tailored to their educational and social and emotional needs, supporting them to achieve their full potential. This means that we deliver a personalised curriculum, which, where possible, acknowledges the national curriculum and meets the individual needs of our students, whilst also supporting them to meet the outcomes identified in their EHCPs.

To achieve this, every student has an individual education plan which identifies their areas of need and how we can best address them, both in terms of staff approach and the curriculum that they are provided.  Our goal is to provide access to the best academic outcomes possible as well as preparing our students for adulthood and the next stage of their education by equipping them with the skills required to achieve personal success.