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  • LIFE AFTER SIXTH FORM Dear Year 12, This last half term of year 12 is when we would usually use tutor/mentoring time to discuss and start planning for your next steps after A Levels. It may seem like a long time away but it will go very fast and deadlines for applications for jobs, University and apprenticeships will be considerably earlier ...
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Work for students will be provided via Google Classroom

For students having difficulty logging on to Google Classroom, please direct them to this guide:   Google-Classroom-Student-Guide.pdf – 340 KB

If a password reset is required please email

Did you know you can view your child’s Google Classroom account? If you’d like us to set this up for you just complete this quick google form.  Link


Remote Learning Overviews

These overviews will be shared weekly via the Harwich and Dovercourt Facebook page to support parents with learning from home. If you have any further questions, you can email the class teacher. Individual teachers will also continue to post on Google Classroom.  

Parent Carer Guides to Remote Learning

Parent_-Carer-Guide-HDHS-Year-9-Remote-Learning-Newsletter-.pdf – 216 KB

Newsletters Summer Term 2020

School Closure-  A Survival Guide

This is some guidance for parents and carers from the Bedrock team, who play an important part in supporting the literacy development of HDHS students:

Survival Guide


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

HDHS LITFLIX: Week beginning 1st June

Every week there are films being shown across all channels that can support the study of English Literature and Language. Every week we will release HDHS LITFLIX recommendations which will consist of some details of films being shown weekly that can support the HDHS English curriculum. If it leads to reading any of the books, even better!  We would also love students to send us film reviews of any the HDHS LITFLIX films. Film reviews can be sent to Mr Gallagher at:


HDHS Students- Now more than ever is a good time to expand your mind and explore the world. These are some sources and recommendations to get you started on your exploration. Challenge yourself and your mind by investigating an area that you may not know a lot about. These recommendations will be updated and will grow over time.

Please make sure your son/daughter is getting their TWENTY. All students should be reading independently for at least twenty minutes a day. This has been proven to have the greatest impact on academic success.

School Updates

Safeguarding Update 17th April 2020

Please follow this link for an important safeguarding update from HDHS:

Safeguarding update for all parents

Year 11 Summer 2020 GSCE Update 3rd April 2020

2020-04-03-Ofqual-covering-letter-to-parents-1.pdf – 10 KB

Update from the Headteacher 1st April 2020

Click here for the latest update:   Covid-19-Update-from-Headteacher-1st-April-2020.pdf – 53 KB

Safeguarding and Welfare Advice

Dear Parents/ Carers,
I am writing to you to highlight the ways you can seek support and safeguard your child when not in school.
1) If you are struggling to support your child with the work they have been set, they can interact with their teacher via the google classroom or email the school directly:
2) If you are seeking support with any pastoral, welfare or safeguarding issues, the following routes still apply:
– Wispa on school site (via the report a concern button at the bottom of the school website). This is a reporting tool which can be anonymous.
– Teentalk 01255 504800
– Family Operations Hub 03456037627
– Childline 0800 1111
– CHAT young person text service (health) 07520615734
– SHOUT (emotional well being service) text Shout to 85258 for call back
– Anna Freud Advice for parents and carers of anxious young people
– Anna Freud self help resources for young people
Finally, any queries or concerns regarding safety and welfare will still be managed by a member of the school’s safeguarding team. Again, please use the email address: if any of the above routes do not apply.
Yours faithfully,

J. W. Loten

Deputy Headteacher

The Essex Welfare Service

0300 303 9988
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri, 8am – 7pm
Sar-Sun, 10am – 2pm
The Essex Welfare Service is there to help you find and access support during the Covid-19 challenge. If you need support with advice, daily living tasks and wellbeing, please contact them on the details above.

Friday 20th March 2020 11.50am

Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware from today the school will be closed for all but a small proportion of pupils; those who are children of key workers and those who have been identified as vulnerable. I am writing to give further information for families that fall into the category of key workers.We will be contacting families of vulnerable children and those with an EHCP separately.The Government has finally produced a critical worker list and the following document to guide parents regarding school closures:
The list is far more extensive than expected and it is clear that schools would not be able to accommodate the children of all parents that fall in to these categories should they decide to send them in. The key point to note from the Government is:
‘Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.  This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.’
Currently, we are working with a much-reduced number of staff and over the coming weeks I suspect that this could be reduced further. I am so grateful to all of my staff for their willingness to help at this difficult time. They themselves have now been classed as critical workers and everyone who is fit enough to work will support their fellow key workers. The clear advice from Government is that we need to increase social distancing and we will therefore have to limit the numbers we can admit and prioritise according to need. Therefore, we will only be able to offer a school place to students in Year 8 or below and limited private study facilities in school for Year 9 and above; please be reminded that most importantly children should be at home to avoid transmission of the virus – if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then that it where they must be. All pupils attending school will be following the same work that will be sent home to all pupils from Monday.We therefore ask you to email to let the school know if you require your child to be in school from next week onwards. Forms will be distributed to those parents who respond in order that we can allocate places. We will aim to allocate all places by Wednesday 25th March 2020. Until then please only send your child into school if you are a key frontline worker (health, social care, emergency services and education only).If you receive Free School Meals, we will be sending electronic vouchers to the email address of the primary carer of the child.Pupils attending school will not be required to wear school uniform until the school fully reopens to all pupils.Thank you for your patience and supportYours sincerelyKate FinchHeadteacher

Free School Meal Supermarket Vouchers

All parents/carers whose children qualify for Free School Meals (FSM) should have already received a text message or email from Wonde, asking them to nominate a supermarket for their FSM vouchers.
We have asked them to send a week’s worth of FSM payments at a time, and understand that this week’s should arrive shortly.
If you have not received an email or text message from Wonde asking you to nominate a supermarket, please contact to ensure that we have the correct contact details for you.
The vouchers will be for the amount of £2.30 per day, or £11.50 per week.
We understand that the government is currently working on a national solution to providing FSM vouchers so our local arrangements may be replaced by a national scheme in due course.
Mr M Higgon
Deputy Headteacher

Further information

Our main channels of communication with parents/carers are via email, text message and updates on the front page of the School’s website.  We will communicate with students via Google Classrooms and other online platforms.

All the GCSE, AS and A-level examinations due to take place this summer, have been suspended. Students will be credited for their learning in some other way. The Government plan to issue results as normal in August. We appreciate the impact this is having on those who were due to sit the exams this summer, but please do not contact staff asking for predicted grades.  We are unable to answer any queries regarding assessments at this time.  We await further guidance from the Government.

The DfE launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

You can also find the latest information updates on COVID-19:

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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