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We have had a report that a male individual has been attempting repeated contact with some female students. The contact is via Facebook. Students affected have been very sensible in blocking this individual and making a report to the school. The school’s advice is: ensure this individual is blocked. DO NOT delete any comments made – they are important evidence. DO report to CEOP – there is a link on every page of the school’s website. DO report to the school any further concerns. We would like to reassure you there is no evidence this individual is local or that there has been any approaches to female students. We would like to reinforce that strange friendship requests on Facebook should not be accepted. It appears this individual has managed to contact our students by being accepted and then messaging friendship lists as a result. Please see our E-safety page on the school website for more information relating to online protection. The following letter is being sent home with students this afternoon which gives additional information. Safeguarding-Message-March-2015.pdf – 190 kB


Easter-Revision-Programme-2015-final.pdf – 50 kB Easter-revision-menu.pdf – 279 kB

HDHS Uniform update. Please see the link. HDHSUniformLetterFeb15.pdf – 125 kB

Further to the school calendar that was published at the beginning of the academic year, I wish to remind you that the last day of the Spring Term will be Friday 27th March. Monday 13th April is a non pupil day and so pupils should return to school after the Easter holiday at the usual time on Tuesday 14th April.

Promoted News

    • 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.

    • Media Award Ceremony

      The Harwich and Dovercourt High Schools first ever Media Award Ceremony (The MACs) is happening tonight in the school hall. An evening of glitz, glamour and awards-galore to celebrate and reward the hard work and success of Media students.

    • 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 […]

    • New School food compliant Fruit juice Slush available from the Lighthouse Restaurant.

    • A* spire group showcase talent

      The extremely talented group of A*spire students showcased their talents to Senior staff, Governors, Parents and Heads of Community in an astounding display of maturity. The students have been working relentlessly on a project to redesign the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. All present thoroughly enjoyed the presentations, thanks to the Governors and Miss Gettings for […]

    • Hockey Tournament

      Attached is the report from last weeks Hockey tournament.

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


    • Year group winners of the 50 Word Challenge

      Year 7 Ben Carter-Windsor Year 8 Yuki Jackson-Heidelberg Year 9 Cheyenne Brennan-Heidelberg… Year 10 Leanne Coogan-Windsor Paul Davids was the winner of the staff prize.

    • Well done to Charlie Brough and Rhys Faux for winning the ‘Book Buzz’ Design A Book Review Competition.

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

    • NEEEP IGCSE Masterclass

      A specially selected group of Year 11 students were involved in a NEEEP iGCSE Masterclass at Colchester United Football ground. See below link for the full report.

    • Year 10 GCSE Drama Group

      The Year 10  GCSE Drama group went on a trip to London to see the ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ at the Gielgud Theatre. Hey have been studying this play for their coursework. The students will be bringing extracts of the script to life. This fantastic show has enabled the students to […]

    • Business Studies Zoo Trip

      On Friday 20th March Business Study students will visit the zoo to attend a workshop on marketing that is directly linked to their Coursework.

    • New School Radio Station Competition

      Coming soon…School Radio Station. To be in with a chance of winning a prize see the attached poster for details on how to enter the competition and Name the Station.

    • Hair Show 2015

      Years 10,11 and 12 Hair students will be putting on the show and this will take place in the Main Hall on Friday 17 April. The themes will include: Wedding hair, Avant Garde, Four Seasons and the 1980’s. There will be a raffle during the interval and refreshments sold. The show will be judged and […]

    • Year 7/8 Fancy Dress Easter Disco

      On 27th March 2015 the Sixth Form have planned an Easter Disco for Years 7/8 to raise funds for the Thailand trip. It will be held from 7.00pm-9.30pm in the Octagon. Tickets are available on Wisepay for £2.50. There will be prizes for best fancy dress outfit. Nibbles and drinks will be available for purchase. […]

    • Sixth Form trip to Florence

      On Tuesday 3rd March students from Harwich and Dovercourt Sixth Form visited one of the world’s most beautiful and famous locations: Florence, the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. Whilst in Florence students visited the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace), the Museum of History of Science and the beautiful area around the famous Ponte […]

    • 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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