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  • Return to School for all students from September 2020 Details for the planned reopening of the school to all students from the start of next term can be found below: Return-to-School-in-September-2020-1Download
  • HDHS English Department Year 6 Newsletter 2020 This newsletter is to give you further information about Year 7 English at HDHS and to help prepare your child for their entry this September. If you have any further questions about KS3 English at HDHS or how you can support your child ahead of their start this September, please email Kind regards, Ms ...
  • Message from Mrs Parker Head of Sixth form: To all of our year 11 students who have applied for the Harwich and Dovercourt High School. Although the school and college are not able to offer you a face to face taster day this year, we have put together this comprehensive powerpoint including a personal introduction to your subjects. Find out what your summer ...
  • Safe in Essex Safe in Essex have put together a virtual weekly online programme. This is for any young people ages 13-19 across Essex that want to join in and can access this via Microsoft teams. As you will see, some of the sessions will focus on topics which may affect young people such as our drug and ...

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It is essential that every HDHS student continues to get their ‘Twenty’ daily to develop key reading skills.  

HDHS guide to support reading during school closure

HDHS-guide-to-support-reading-during-school-closure.pdf – 706 KB

HDHS Staff Lockdown reading

Follow the link below to find out what HDHS staff are reading during lockdown:

HDHS Students’ Lockdown Reading

This is a celebration montage of HDHS students getting their daily ‘Twenty’ and reading at home during this lockdown period.

HDHS PE Lockdown Reading

Mr Gambrell, Mr Gooder and Mr Day combining sport and reading to get a healthy body and a healthy mind.


This is a guidance to support reading aloud for HDHS students outside of school. HDHS-READ-ALOUD-RECOMMENDATIONS.pdf – 215 KB

Reading and Literacy Home Support

This is a support guide for parents to recommend resources to support home learning regarding reading and literacy:   HDHS-Reading-and-Literacy-Resource-Recommendations-2020_.pdf – 192 KB


This is a varied and extensive selection of recommended books for HDHS students:

HDHS-READ-READ-READ-and-READ-List-2020.pdf – 8 MB


Here are some weekly editions of a newsletter with book recommendations and other notable information and links to support and promote reading.

Week 1: HDHS-is-a-Reading-School-Newsletter-Edition-1.pdf – 363 KB

Week 2: HDHS-is-a-Reading-School-Newsletter-Edition-2.pdf – 542 KB

School Updates

Risk Assessment

Here is the school’s risk assessment for re-opening the school to a reduced number of Year 10 and 12 students, beginning in phases with effect from Monday 15th June 2020:

Message for Year 6 Parents

The Transition Day and Prospective Parents’ Evening for Year 6 pupils planned for Tuesday 7th July have had to be cancelled due to social distancing restrictions.

However, we are pleased to be able to offer tours for small groups of all our Year 6 cohort during the week 13 – 17 July 2020. Invitation letters will be been sent to parents and carers during week beginning 29th June.
For further details please email

Further information for our new Year 7s in September 2020 can be found on our Admissions page:

Information for Parents for September 2020

Information can be found in the letters below for students starting in the following year groups in September 2020:

A general update with regard to changes to the Year Teams and uniform/school ties can be found here:

Arrangements for students to return to school at the start of the Autumn Term are as follows:

Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September: Non-pupil / staff training days.

Thursday 3rd September: Year 7 and 12 return to school at 8:35am.

Friday 4th September: Year 11 return to school at 8:35am

Monday 7th September: Start times are staggered as follows:

8:35am: Year 7, 11 and 12 

9:30am Year 8

10:00am: Year 9

10:30am: Year 10

11:30am: Year 13

These start times are for these dates only and will broadly go back to their usual start and finish times after this. Further details will be communicated to students on their first day back in school.

Further details can be found in the documents below:

End of Summer Term Safeguarding Update

A message for all exam candidates in this summer’s series

For this summer’s awards, Ofqual has asked schools and colleges to provide centre assessed grades for their students.  Schools will award exam grades based on their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade they believe a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year.

Further details can be found in the document below:

A level results day Thursday 13th August:

Year 13 students can collect their results from G block Quad from 9.00am – 11am. 

Year 13  will be able to hand in their chromebooks, ID cards and any text books on the 13th August in G Block quad as they collect results.

Headteacher’s Welcome

Working, reading and learning together

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

As a part of the Sigma Trust family of schools, at Harwich & Dovercourt High School we strongly believe that no child will be left behind.  It is our shared vision that every student leaves us having worked, read and learned together and having taken every opportunity offered to be successful in their chosen pathway for life.  Opportunity affords choice. Choice affords a fulfilling adult life. It is our mission to maximise the potential for every student with the HDHS 7 year journey and empower them to reach their goals, whatever their starting points.

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

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