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Promoted News

    • Year 10 A/A* NEEEP Challenge Day

      Please see the attached report from the Year 10 trip to Essex University.

    • 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 […]

    • Higher Education Superfair

      Year 12 students attended the Higher Education Convention at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford yesterday. They were able to attend seminars and speak to representatives of every university in the country in order to inform their choices when applying through UCAS.

    • Hair Salon

      The Harwich and Dovercourt Hair Salon is now closed until October 2015. Thank you to everyone for their support.

    • Big Town Dance Performance

      For details of the Big Town Dance Performance – Harwich Street Show please see the attached details. Any problems on the day please contact Mrs Parker on 01255 245460.

    • Year 7 Presentation Assembly

      On Monday 29th June 2015 Parents/Carers were invited into school for a Year 7 presentation to see students receive awards for 100% attendance and attainment through curriculum subjects.

    • Geography NEEEP Challange

      On Thursday the 25th of June 2015, 4 Year 9 students from Harwich and Dovercourt High School took the long and winding road to Clacton County High School to take part in the NEEEP Geography Challenge. Please see the link for full report.  

    • Sports Day

      Attached is information regarding our first Sports Day for 25 years which will take place on Wednesday 15th July 2015.

    • Year 10 GCSE Art Workshop

      A Workshop with local Artist Nicola Burrell took place on Tuesday 23rd June for a selection of Year 10 GCSE Art Gifted & Talented. Nicola is a renowned sculptor who has been commissioned to work on a range of art based projects around Essex, as well as with schools. She has also produced work for […]

    • Shirt sleeve order

      Once a shirt sleeve order has been given: • Arrive at school with their blazers on • Students will have to have their blazers on them (they will be expected to wear them to assemblies and any other formal occasion) • Not be wearing their jumpers (if cold then wear blazer)… • Short sleeved shirts […]

    • Coffee Morning for Year 6 parents

      Please see the attached flyer for dates and times.

    • Ian Rose Paralympian to visit

      On the 6th of July we have a Judo specialist coming into school to meet a selection of students who will be taking part in Judo activities in the Sports Hall. Ian Rose is a Paralympian, he has joined us as an athlete mentor from the Sky Sports scheme.  He will be taking a series of theory […]

    • Chelsea FC Foundation – Summer 2015

      Booking forms attached.

    • Rugby refereeing course

      We will be holding a Rugby refereeing course in school on Friday 10th July starting at 2pm for Year 10 students and above. If anyone would like to take part please see Mr Francis for details.

    • 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, […]

    • 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 […]

    • 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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