• 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.
 Attached is the revision timetable for the half term week. 150518-Year-11-Revision-Calendar.pdf – 122 kB

Promoted News

    • Author Ruth Dugdall to Visit 3rd July 2015

      Top crime writer Ruth Dugdall is visiting Harwich & Dovercourt High School on Friday 3rd July 2015, starting at 6.30pm. This is a free event open to members of the public. If you would like to attend, please contact the school library manager, Andrew Dace, by email, phone or in person at the school. Alternatively, […]

    • Library survey winner

      The winner of the £20 cinema voucher for completing the Library survey was Bethany Kendrick 8VCL.

    • Harwich Community Consortium

      ‘The Challenges facing young people today can often feel overwhelming’. ‘The importance of emotional wellbeing’ event for parents/carers will be run over two dates. Please see attached flyers and invite slips attached.  

    • Business students trip to Zoo

      Year 10 BTEC business students attended a human resources workshop at Colchester Zoo.  Students were involved in a mock hiring process, evaluating a selection of CV’s to decide which candidates match their personal specifications and who they would invite for interview.  

    • Indoor Football Tournament

      The winners of the tournament are Skadoosh (Joe Watt, Keenan Brown ,Alex Eadie, Greg Rodger, Charlie Gueizalar, Joe Hawkins, Adam Strange and Oliver Wright). Staff team containing Mr St. Clair, Mr Garnham, Mr Wood, Mr Francis and Mr Gillespie will play the winners this Friday time. All staff and students welcome to watch the Staff […]

    • Lost Property

      The PE department have accumulated a large amount of lost property. If your child has lost any items of their PE kit please contact Mrs Brundle on 01255 245460 ex 257 or alternatively tell your child to speak to a member of the PE staff.

    • Cambridge University Trip

      Students travelled to the Emmanuel College to learn about Higher education and spend the afternoon in a Physics workshop. Attached are images and students thoughts on the day.

    • i-Openers Competition

      The idea of the competition is to write the first paragraph* of an e-book story. (*Your paragraph should be 2 – 4 sentences long). Make the reader want to read on further by writing a ‘cliff-hanger’ moment. (This is where something exciting or unusual is about to happen, however the outcome or solution is not […]

    • Fete to raise money for Nepal

      On Saturday 13th June 2015 the Bridging course students are arranging a Fete to raise money for Nepal. The Fete will be taking place 12pm-4pm on the field behind the Grange. There will be a range of stalls e.g. Bouncy Castles, Face painting, Refreshments, Tombolas, White Elephant etc. Please come and support this worthy cause.

    • Outward Bound Residential Trip

      Members of staff from the Harwich and Dovercourt High School were delighted to be able to run a five day residential trip to Howtown in the Lake District as part of a course run by the Outward Bound Trust Educational Experience. The course was led by qualified instructors so students were able to take part […]

    • Reading Cloud – Volunteers Needed

      Would you like to be part of a group trying out a new social media & library website? If so please register your interest by coming to the library or emailing the library manager at Andrew.Dace@harwich.org.uk, by Friday 22nd May. The Reading Cloud allows pupils to: Create their own online identity with an avatar Add […]

    • Big Town Dance

      This is a primary school event that will take place after school to promote the Big Town Dance. See attached flyer for details.

    • Prestigious Jack Petchey Speak Out competition

      We had a fantastic result as a school on Friday night when Emily Carman claimed second place in the prestigious Jack Petchey Speak Out competition that was held at the Philip Morant School. Emily did us all proud. It cannot be underestimated how difficult it was to stand up on a stage in front of […]

    • Drew’s Kiosk will close for Exam season

      Due to the exam season starting, Drew’s Kiosk will close after this week to ensure we can offer a consistent food service while not disrupting any exams taking place in the hall and gym. To accommodate the extra traffic in the Lighthouse an extra till point will be in place at the Grab ’n’ Go […]

    • Lighthouse Restaurant open to public during Harwich Festival

      During the week of the Harwich Festival the Lighthouse Restaurant will be open to the public from 14.15 -16.15 to view the Embroideries showing 1000 years of Harwich history. We will be selling Cream teas to any visitors, and the ladies who created the embroideries will be giving tours from 14.30 on the Tuesday, Wednesday […]

    • 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 […]

    • ‘Our Race for Life’

      We will be holding ‘Our Race for Life’ on Wednesday 10th June at 3.30pm on the school field. This event is open to ALL students, staff and parents. Please let me know if you are interested in taking part – you don’t have to run!! Many people are going to be walking the distance to […]

    • English after school clubs

      Please see the link to see what is on offer.

    • 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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