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    achieving success.
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    create opportunities and build futures.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CHANGE OF VENUE FOR UNIFORM SALES – this will now be sold from the Main Hall and not The Lighthouse.  Entrance is through the main Business Reception.  Dates of sales are Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th August between 10.00am-3.00pm.

Promoted News

    • Sports Day 2015

      Our first Sports day in 26 years was a real success with both spectators and athletes playing their part in creating a memorable atmosphere. Around 200 students competed in a whole host of events starting Tuesday evening with the high jump/1500M, followed by the other field events Wednesday morning. Wednesday afternoon saw a variety of […]

    • ‘Patterns’ photography competition

      Please see attachments for rules of the competition. Closing date is 23rd October 2015.

    • Uniform

      Harwich and Dovercourt High School students are rightly proud of their uniform, they designed it. Over the summer term as Year 11 left, shirt sleeve order was given and students have grown, the uniform has been more relaxed. From September students will be expected to have the correct uniform as in the school policy (available […]

    • Kindertransport

      Images from Monday nights performance of Kindertransport.

    • #HDHSdoesFrankfurt

      As you may be aware 45 students went on the Maths trip to Frankfurt last week. If you would like to follow their journey a little it will be relived on twitter over the coming weeks. Head on over and follow @HDHS_Mathematics and #HDHSdoesFrankfurt to see what the kids got up to. There will also […]

    • Work Experience 2015

      I would like to say a big thank you to all the organisations involved in work experience this year.  It has been a magnificent success with all students gaining from the experience and a few the prospect of employment in the future.  Please see attached for all organisations who participated this year.  Thank you once […]

    • Year 11 Prom Picture Special

      A Year 11 Prom picture special will be published in the Daily Gazette on 20th July 2015.

    • Students raised £570.00 for school charities

      Year 7 students recently took part in 7 days of random acts of kindness and raised £570. Please see image and report attached.

    • Ski Trip 2016 – Now open to all students

      Please watch the promotional video on the youtube link http://youtu.be/GO2wF_XYA2U For full details see the attached letter sent home to parents. 

    • Work Experience

      Year 10 students return today after a very successful work experience. Feedback from employers has been excellent with many students being offered the opportunity of an apprenticeship or job in the future. Most of all, almost every student has been a credit to the school developing skills and a work ethic which they can take […]

    • Harwich and Dovercourt High School are the NEESSA Cricket U13s Runners-up

      Please see the attachment for the detailed report from Mr Wood and many images.

    • Year 8 Artist Workshop with Alison Stockmarr

      A group of Year 8 students were selected to take part in a workshop run by local artist Alison Stockmarr. Please see attached report and images.

    • Sports Personality of the Year 2015

      Last night saw the Harwich and Dovercourt High Schools 3rd Sports Personality of the Year Awards Evening. Our students were awarded points throughout the academic year based on their attendance, commitment, passion, ability, courage, sportsmanship and excellence within sport. Attached is  the list of Runner-up and Winners from the evening and pictures will follow. £78.60 for […]

    • Chelsea FC Foundation – Summer 2015

      Booking forms attached.

    • 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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