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    achieving success.
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    create opportunities and build futures.
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  • Head Student Newsletter April 2019 We are proud to release the latest Headstudent newsletter: 
  • University Discovery Weekend, University of Essex, Southend Campus University of Essex, Southend Campus Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August 2019 A great opportunity for Year 9 students and a parent/care to live the student life, stay in en-suite student accommodation and talk to current university students. See below for more information and details of how to book a visit:
  • Early Closure for Easter Holidays Dear Parents/Carers I am writing to advise you that the school will close at 12.50pm on Friday 5th April for the Easter holidays. Students requiring school lunch will be able to obtain this during morning break which will be extended by ten minutes to assist with this. I would like to stress the importance of students ...
  • Lesson Time Review – Trial Day Wednesday 27th March In order to maximise the learning potential of our students, I am reviewing the current 50 minute lesson time. Most lessons in years 9, 10 and 11 are double lessons and so the lesson lasts 100 minutes in total. We are looking at possibly having a 75 minute lesson because feedback tells us that 50 or 60 ...

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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

Year 7 Parents Evening – Thursday 9th May 2019

The Year 7 Parents Evening will be taking place on Thursday, 9th May.  This is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s subject teachers to discuss their progress.

Appointments are available from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm and can be booked using the Parents Evening System online, via the School website, from Thursday 25th April at 9.00 am – 12 noon Thursday 9th May.

The website link is:


If you are unable to access the link please telephone the school reception from Thursday 25th April after 9.00 am and someone will make the appointments for you.

Year 8 Options

Please note that the deadline for completing KS4 options choices is Friday 29th March 2019. Details of how to complete these choices online can be found here:

Year 8 Options


Harwich and Dovercourt Sixth Form College

We are delighted by how many applications we have already received to study at Harwich and Dovercourt Sixth Form College next year.

The application form can be found on the school website here: https://www.hdhs.org.uk/sixth-form/

HDHS students who have any questions regarding applying to sixth form, be it here or elsewhere, are welcome to speak to Mrs Parks, Mr Higgon or Mr Herron, our Sixth Form Leadership Team.

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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