• 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.

Promoted News

  • What is a six word story? A story told in six words. That’s right – six words. The story can be about absolutely anything. The best six word challenges are the ones that are creative! Please submit your Six Word Challenge to Miss Rogers in K9 or to sophie.rogers@hdhs.school by Friday 14th December.  There will be prizes for the winners!
  • Year 7 Celebration Event 4-5pm Thursday 13th December The English and Communication faculty would like to invite you to a celebration of your son/daughter’s creativity in English after their first term at HDHS. Year 7 students have experienced a big change in their arrival at secondary school and we would like to share their progress and hard work so far with you. Click ...
  • GCSEPod – Year 11 Revision Tool We are delighted to announce that HDHS has recently invested in GCSEPod, the award-winning digital content and revision provider used by over 1,200 schools worldwide. Year 11 students now has access to GCSEPod’s library of over 6,000 ‘Pods,’ 3-5 minute videos designed to deliver knowledge in short bursts.  Click here for further details:  
  • Crime Stoppers Media Release: Speak Up Stay Safe Children and young people risk becoming involved in gangs Independent charity Crimestoppers is highlighting that children and young people across Essex are at risk of becoming involved with gangs and the violence and abuse that often follows. Please click here for the full Crime Stoppers media release:    

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*STOP PRESS* Do you really know what your children are doing online? You may have internet filters already in place; do you really know how secure the filters are? What are YOU doing to safeguard your youngsters’ electronic activity?


Be Fearless Against Crime – the new campaign launches 6th June for the rest of the Academic Year. Fearless is where you will be able to access all sorts of impartial information and advice on a range of crimes and criminality. See https://www.fearless.org/ for more information or go to the school’s safety and welfare webpage for detailed information on how to keep your child(ren) safe and healthy.

It has become apparent that there is an escalating concern regarding ‘Sexting’  A briefing sheet for parents is attached with information. Sexting-briefing-sheet.pdf – 351 KB

Romeo and Juliet: a modern twist showing how the lives of these young lovers might play out online today, including the Lark ‘tweeting’ and Romeo ‘friending’ Juliet. ‘The World Changes. Children Don’t’ is the latest campaign from CEOP helping us ensure our youngsters stay as safe as possible.


School Updates

Christmas Break

Just a reminder that school will finish at 12.50pm for students on Friday 21st December. Morning break will be extended for 10 minutes to allow Free School Meal students to use their allowance at morning break. Students return to school on Monday 7th January 2019.

Year 11 English Revision

The HDHS English team is putting a Christmas twist on Year 11 revision and here is a revision advent calendar. Just like a regular advent calendar, you go to your revision advent calendar each day. There will be a chocolate prize from your English teacher (and maybe mum and dad) if you can evidence that you have completed each day’s task.

HDHS Revision-Advent-Calendar

Harwich and Dovercourt Sixth Form College: Applications Are Now Open

Following the success of our Sixth Form Open Evening on 6th November, please note that Applications for 2019-2020 can now be made here: https://www.hdhs.org.uk/sixth-form/

If you have any questions or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Mr Higgon, Deputy Headteacher or Mrs Parks, Head of Sixth Form, at the school at martin.higgon@hdhs.school or philippa.parks@hdhs.school


Year 11 Revision Support

Please follow this link to see the support available for  Year 11 students to maximise their grades over the coming months.

Year 11 Revision Support


Headteacher’s Welcome


HDHS is the proud learning environment of hard-working students and staff committed to serving the community of Harwich and Dovercourt.

Every student is welcomed and unapologetically challenged to achieve their full potential and be the best possible version of themselves.
Strong, positive working relationships with parents, carers and other stakeholders are at the heart of our commitment to success of the young people, who will go on to lead our community.
I welcome your encouragement, support and belief as together we build real opportunities for our students’ futures.

Kate Finch


Homework is set regularly, using an online system shared with parents and pupils.” – Ofsted, June 2016


Pupils are safe in school because of the well established structures for pastoral support, with effective leadership and clear roles for staff.” – Ofsted, June 2016


The community system delivers high quality personal welfare that has created a close knit supportive community.” – Ofsted, June 2016.

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Proud pupils unanimously agree that they are happy and safe in school”.

“Behaviour in lessons, before and after school and at lunch and breaktimes is good.” – Ofsted, June 2016

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