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Year 11 progress Evening will be taking place on Tuesday, 3rd February between 3.30pm and 6.30pm. This is an opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss any issues or queries you may have concerning your son/daughter. Appointments are still available.


Promoted News

    • BTEC Business club

      BTEC Business club runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3.00pm-4.00pm for Year 11 coursework in K11.

    • New Coding and Gaming Club

      The Gaming Industry Is booming. If you have got a love for gaming, why not come and try to create your own game using Kodu. See attached poster for all the details.

    • Performing Arts Extra Curricular

      There are various lunchtime and afterschool clubs running for different year groups in the Performing Arts department whether your into Dance, Drama or Music. See the attached poster for all the details.  

    • Debate Squad shine at NEEEP Debating Competition

      The Harwich and Dovercourt High School Debate Squad pitched their wits against students from across the region at the annual NEEEP Debating Competition. For a full report see the link below.  

    • Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Trip

      On Friday 6th February students from Year 7 and Year 8 will be travelling to Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio as an exciting reward for those that have been working hard in English and their AR reading. Students won’t be required to wear uniform, but do need to wear sensible clothing and footwear. A prompt […]

    • New Canteen Meal Deal

      Attached is a poster outlining the details of our new meal deal available in the canteen. It is worth 100 healthy eating points towards winning vouchers at the end of the school term.

    • A*spire Trip to Olympic Park

      The advanced group of A*spire were fortunate enough to participate in a trip to the Olympic Park in Stratford. The task was to gather local people’s opinions about the Olympic park and its current renovations and how we could improve them. A*spire is a talented handpicked group of students who are predicted to achieve much […]

    • Hunterian Museum trip to London.

      On Friday 30th January students will get the opportunity to view the unique collection of anatomical structures including fetal development inside the womb which corresponds directly to the units offered on the Human Biology course. The pupils will have a guided tour of the main sections and then have time to explore themselves and make notes […]

    • ”Our world is yours to explore.”

      Mr Zacharchenko will be running a Geography Advisory Programme after school most weekdays 3.00pm-4.00pm open to all year groups and at lunchtime upon request. See flyer attached.

    • Rapid run VEX regional heat

      Our STEM team had a great day at the Rapid run VEX regional heat.

    • Overnight Sports Event

      Well done to all involved for raising £1,366.00 for good causes.


      ‘BOOK BUZZ’ COMPETITION GUIDELINES (INCLUDING ESSEX BOOK AWARDS) Using a book* you have read and really enjoyed, encourage others to read it by designing one of the following: Film poster Computer game poster Written book review *If you read and review any of the 6 book titles shortlisted in the ‘Essex Book Awards’ you will […]

    • Examination Certificates

      To all former Year 11, 12 and 13 students who took examinations in Summer 2014: Examination Certificates will be ready for you to collect from Monday, 5th January 2015 from the main Reception area. If you want certificates to be collected by someone on your behalf, please contact the exam office via email: exams@harwich.essex.sch.uk  Your […]

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

    • 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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