• Working, Learning and Reading 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

  • Answer Machine Messages We are currently experiencing technical problems with retrieving answer machine messages left on some school extension numbers. If you have not received a return call recently please call back and ensure you leave a message directly with a member of staff.
  • United Against Knife Crime Celebration Event Colchester United Football in the Community are delighted to announce we will be holding a celebration event for those who took part in our 2018-19 delivery at The JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday 23rd March 2019. On this day Colchester United take on Tranmere Rovers and we would like to invite participants to share the day ...
  • National Citizen Service visit to HDHS The NCS (National Citizen Service) are due to attend your child’s school soon to discuss the Summer 2019 Programme with Year 11 students. NCS is a nationally recognized programme for those aged 16-17 which takes place during the school holidays. It’s a great way for young people to learn the skills for work and life ...
  • HEADTEACHER’S STAKEHOLDER SURGERIES In order to ensure good communication and co-operation the Headteacher would welcome any stakeholders in the community to drop into a surgery anytime between 9 and 11am on the following dates: 4th April 2019 23rd May 2019 11th July 2019 No appointment will be required, but depending on uptake, these meetings may be limited to 10 minutes

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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 8 Options /Parents Evening, Thursday 21st March, 3.30-6.30pm:

Year 8 Options Evening will be combined with Parents Evening on Thursday, 21st March.

The evening will include various 10 minute presentations regarding options, times for which can be found here:   Year-8-Options-Presentations.pdf – 265 KB

Parents will also get the opportunity to meet with subject teachers to discuss the progress of students.

Appointments to meet with teachers can be booked from 9 am on Thursday 7th March using the Parents Evening System online, via the School website: https://www.hdhs.org.uk/parents/parents-evening-system/

Appointments will be available from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Bookings close at 12.00 noon on Thursday 21st March.

If you are unable to access the link please telephone the school reception from Thursday 7th March at 9.00 am and someone will make the appointments for you.

If you would like an appointment with Mrs Fox, assistant to the SENCO please contact her directly on the school number, 01255 245460 Ext 2220.

This event will be held in the School Hall and B rooms. Entrance via the main reception.


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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