• Working And Learning Together

  • Opening minds, awakening dreams,

    achieving success.
  • We provide challenge, raise aspirations,

    create opportunities and build futures.
  • Belonging to a community

    is belonging to an extended family.

To be in with a chance to win a £20 Cinema voucher students need to complete the Pupil Library Survey available on our school website or from our  school Library.  LIBRARY-SURVEY-2015.pdf – 215 kB poster.pdf – 221 kB

Sports Personality of the Year 2015
In July we will be holding our 3rd ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ awards evening.
Our students are awarded points throughout the academic year based on their attendance, commitment, passion, ability, courage, sportsmanship and excellence within sport.
We are looking for local businesses to sponsor prizes which will be awarded to the students who have shown the qualities above.
Please see the link for further details. SPORTS-PERSONALITY-LETTER-TO-SPONSORS-2015.pdf – 193 kB

Promoted News

    • Kiddo is running the London Marathon this Sunday

      It is a sad fact that some rhino species have been hunted to the point of extinction. The Black Asian Rhino only has 6 left in the world for example. It is a small thing then to complete a marathon to try and help conserve what we have left for future generations than to be […]

    • Castle Competition

      See attached link for winners of Castle Competition.

    • Salon appointments

      Following the success of Fridays Hair Show and the technical ability of our students please do not forget that appointments can be made at reduced prices and are overseen by trained staff. Telephone number 01255 245463.


      From 3.15pm to 5.30pm ages 11 and up at Harwich RUFC rugby club behind the swimming pool all welcome boys and girls!! Please spread the word. All as part of the all schools programme. Wear sports clothing.

    • The Big Town Dance Project Auditions

      Year 7-9 Tuesday 21st April Lunchtime in D Block Year 10-12 23rd April Lunchtime in D Block Keeping Dance Alive founders and choreographers Sarah Jane Parker and Lisa-Marie Smith have created a new and exciting platform for young people and schools to learn and perform new choreography at high profile events and venues across Essex. […]

    • English Exam Revision Booklets

      Year 11 students now have two weeks until they sit their English Language exam. This means that they have 8 lessons left. Every Tuesday and Wednesday there will be revision workshops to support students after school in K block from 3pm to 4pm. We will also provide a Saturday school on Saturday 2th May for […]

    • Indoor Football Tournament

       Students need teams of 5 with 2 or 3 subs, Team name, SHIN PADS MUST BE WORN and £2 per player. All money raised goes towards The British Heart Foundation (a great cause) I hope we can raise a lot of money here and the more students involved the better. Tournament is open to all […]

    • Overdue Library Items

      The school library is sending out Library Overdue Item Reminders this week, both by email (individual reminders to parents/guardians) and printed to class tutors as group reminders. Please can we kindly ask that you assist your child  in the return of any items they have borrowed from the school library. This is especially important for […]

    • Pineapple Dance Studios

      See the attached link for all the details.

    • Maths revision/support for all year groups are run daily, with the exception of Thursdays between 3.00pm and 4.00pm.

    • The Media Awards Ceremony

      The Harwich and Dovercourt High School hosted its first ever Media Award Ceremony before the end of term (or the MACs as we are nicknaming them!) We recognised and rewarded the hard work and achievements of our Media Students in year 10 all the way through to year 13 and beyond. It was an evening […]

    • English after school clubs

      Please see the link to see what is on offer.

    • Harwich Ski Trip 2015

      A big thank you to all who made the Ski Trip this year another memorable one. We are pleased to say everyone came back safely and we look forward to next year!  

    • Kindertransport Veterans Visit

      On Wednesday 25th March Harwich and Dovercourt High School hosted 5 veterans of the Kindertransport. Students and staff interviewed them, recorded their memories and some of their life stories which were fascinating. See the link for details.

    • Autism Awareness Day

      To see images of a group of our autistic students and siblings baking cakes for Autism Awareness Day please see the link.

    • Year 11 GCSE French students Essex University Trip

      On Wednesday 25th March, Miss Mayhew and Mrs Brunning took a group of Year 11 GCSE French students to Essex University for the day. The aim of the day was to kick start their French revision and was hosted by three different teachers from three local schools. The students participated in a variety of lessons […]

    • The History Boys – Wolsey Theatre

      Alan Bennett’s hilarious and poignant play ‘The History Boys’ was brought to life for Sixth form students at the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich on Tuesday evening. Studied as part of the A Level English Literature and Language course, ‘The History Boys’ production was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Students commented that seeing the play enabled them […]

    • See the link below for the Year 12 Media F.O.X. Video Pitches


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

    • Year 11 English GCSE information. Please see the link below.

    • 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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