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  • Important update from the Headteacher Please click on the link below for full details relating to changes planned for September 2019: Changes to 75 minute lesson timetable Introduction of Year Leaders Mobile Phones Plastic water bottles
  • Rewind Festival 12th July 4-6.15pm Click here to view a poster with details of the HDHS Rewind Festival to be held on the 12th July
  • Year 11 Leaving Assembly – 28th June 2019 Dear Year 11 Parent/Carer Please note the following letter has been posted home directly to students.  Students must ensure they reply to the letter by 3pm on 21st June 2019 to receive a ticket for the assembly.  Click on the link to view the letter.
  • Head Student Newsletter April 2019 We are proud to release the latest Headstudent newsletter: 

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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


Make Happen: Operation Blackout

Make Happen is running its very first Operation Blackout Summer Experience. This is a non-residential activity running over summer for year 9 and 10 students. 

All experiences are completely free to attend with lunch provided and reasonable travel costs reimbursed.  Please see attached flyer for details.

If you have any questions please contact e.polley@essex.ac.uk.

Harwich Primary Arts Conference

A huge well done to the talented HDHS Performing Arts students who led 7 workshops and performances to local primary students at the Mayflower Centre. They were outstanding!

Well done!
Mrs Parker, Miss Lewis and Mr Sampson.

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




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