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Friday, December 19th

Promoted News

    • Berlin 2014 – Modern Languages and Humanities Joint Trip

      In the very early hours of Saturday 13th December Mr Read, Mr Harrington and Mrs Beasley left with 20 students for the Berlin trip for the 3rd consecutive year after such previous success. It was a busy few days visiting many sites of interest and the students were extremely well behave, a credit not only to […]

    • Market Stall Sale

      A group of our students ran a stall at the local Market last Friday to sell the items they have made at the Mayflower Project. It was a great success and they sold £60 worth of stock. See link below for images.

    • Christmas Jumper Day Friday 19th December 2014

      Celebrating the end of term and the beginning of the festive season we will be having a ‘Christmas Jumper’ themed non-uniform day on Friday. This gives us the opportunity to reflect on those less fortunate than ourselves and raise funds for Crisis at Christmas and a local charity through voluntary donations of one pound.   […]

    • Computer Science Convention

      On 2nd December, students from Year 9 and 10 attended a trip to a very popular war museum and took part in indoor activities, as well as workshops being run by Microsoft,regarding the Think Computer Science Competition. One of our students commented, “Duxford was a perfect place for a convention like this. The main stage […]

    • Year 7 and 8 Celebration Evening

      The celebration evening took place on the 11th December. Displayed were various pieces of work from Year 7 and 8 students that had been created in their first term. This included Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ and various plays by ‘Shakespeare’. Their work was on display in the Lighthouse for parents and carers to view […]

    • Year 7 Christmal Festival

      This event is taking place on Friday 19th December. There will be a 930am service for Alhambra and Versailles communities and their families followed by an 1130am service for Windsor and Heidelberg. Each student is allocated with two guest seats in addition to their own.

    • Year 7 Choir sing at opening ceremony

      The Year 7 Choir performed at the opening of the new swimming pool refurbishment in Dovercourt today. There were local Dignitaries and the Mayor in attendance both of which commented on how lovely the Harwich and Dovercourt High School Music Choir was. To view images of the Choir see the link below.

    • Trip to the Big Bang Fair, University of Essex on 16th December 2014

      The Big Bang Fair is a UK wide programme led by Engineering UK to inspire future scientists and engineers and to encourage 11-18 year olds to take part in Science Technology Engineering and Math subjects. The event at the University of Essex will see up to 40 schools across Essex, Suffolk and East London visit […]

    • Year 10 and 11 Berlin Trip

      On Saturday 13th December, Mr Read, Mr Harrington and Mrs Beasley will be taking 20 students from Years 10 and 11 to Berlin on a 3 day residential trip. This is the 3rd year in a row the trip has run, after being so successful. It will be an early start travelling firstly by coach, […]

    • Presentation Evening Thursday 18th December

      The annual celebration of students past and present from Year 9-13 will take place on Thursday 18th December at 7.00pm. Students will be receiving awards in subject areas, specialist awards and the opportunity for staff and students to celebrate Year 11-13 examination success. Entertainment will be provided by our Performing Arts Department. There will be […]

    • Class 12ME Christmas Candy Cane Sale

      Class 12ME are running a “Christmas Candy Canes” Business Enterprise. The Christmas Candy Cane package will contain celebration chocolates, chocolate coins and a stick of candy cane (all of which may include nuts). These can be purchased from the 8th December and will be on sale to students for £1 at break and lunch times […]

    • Year 7 Cinderella Pantomime to Mercury Theatre

      A trip to see the pantomime at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester has been arranged for Wednesday 7th January 2015. For full details of payments and the trip see the link below.  

    • Amendment to the school calendar – No early closure to students for staff training 25th June 2015

    • Harwich and Dovercourt High School Calendar 2015

      The Harwich and Dovercourt High School 2015 Calendar is still available to purchase. You can do this via the Art Department or Business reception at the cost of £5. You can also pay on Wisepay, under general products and then collect from the school. It would make a great Christmas gift for parents, grandparents and […]

    • Thailand Expedition Information Evening for Year 11 students/parents/carers

      Harwich & Dovercourt Sixth Form College is running an Expedition to Thailand in July 2016. This trip is an amazing opportunity for students to be a part of a life changing experience and will be of immeasurable benefit to those involved. The purpose of the trip is to experience another culture, broaden students’ experiences and […]




“Attendance has improved, the school’s rewards system celebrates and motivates students.” – Ofsted, May 2014


“Behaviour has improved since the previous inspection and is now good. Students cooperate well with each other in lessons. In lessons, students have positive attitudes to learning” – Ofsted, May 2014



“The proportion of students achieving five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, is rising. Students achieve particularly well in English.” – Ofsted, May 2014

Whats On

“Sixth formers say, “We are one big family”. They are very positive about their learning and wider school experience. Students regularly raise money for charities such as Sports Relief and Children in Need. A good programme of trips and visits widen students’ cultural awareness.” – Ofsted, May 2014


Headteacher’s Letter

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Harwich and Dovercourt High School. I was delighted to be appointed before the summer break and have been looking forward to my first day throughout the summer. In May when the post of Headteacher was advertised I had no real plans to move to Essex even though I was born in the South of the County. However, when I visited the school I was immensely impressed with the attitude of the students and staff and their desire to improve the school. I have been a school Principal for nearly eight years and visited many schools. One of the first things I looked for was how the students conducted themselves, treated each other and welcomed visitors. The students were a credit to the school – articulate, positive and keen to describe all of the areas they enjoyed and valued whilst being aware of areas that still needed improving further. It was because of their attitude and those of all the staff that I decided to apply for the post.

The most recent Ofsted report acknowledges the improvements made during the last eighteen months. The school can justifiably celebrate these whilst continuing to move forward. There is a great deal of work that still needs to be done in order to develop an outstanding educational provision. This is what the students and community of Harwich and Dovercourt deserve and it is my privilege to be able to lead them in striving to achieve this outcome. I have been fortunate to work with outstanding teachers and leaders – witnessing the impact they have on the life chances of young people. There is no reason that this type of transformation cannot happen here. The key to our success will be working together as teachers, parents and students to ensure that every child achieves both their academic, personal and career goals. The quality of teaching and learning at the school will be an immediate focus for me. I want every student to be actively engaged in lessons, enjoying their studies and taking increasingly greater control of their own learning as they move through the school. In a rapidly changing world independence and resilience are key characteristics of successful adults. Outstanding schools foster these qualities whilst providing a nurturing and supportive environment for all their young people.

My aim is to raise expectations of students and teachers. I believe as educationalists we have to set the bar high and work towards excellence in all areas. A child’s education is too valuable in their lives for it not to be given every possible opportunity to flourish. I also intend to develop and improve all of those social, sporting, outdoor and leadership opportunities which can have such a positive impact on young people’s development. My own career pathway to this point was not initially an academic one. It was only because teachers took an interest in me, built my confidence through sport and taught me the value of hard work that I have been able to fill this wonderful position. I am looking forward to creating opportunities for our young people and developing the school into one which the community can continue to be proud of.

Rob Garrett


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