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  • Dance Kit Update Dance Kit Update: All orders have been placed for T Shirts and Dance shoes.  There has been a delay for dance tights and these will be ordered as soon as they are back in stock.  We hope to have all kit to hand out in your son/daughters lessons after half term.
  • Colchester United ‘Food and Football’ Course for Year 7, 8 and 9 students We are pleased to inform you that we have secured the services of Colchester United Football Club to provide their “Food and Football” coaching and mentoring course during October half term. The course will run between 9am and 3pm Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The course is for Years ...
  • Road Safety Play The Riot Act presented to our year 7 audience on 10th October  – Deadly Distractions, a play about Road Safety and Risky behaviour. A brother and sister make the same journey school every day. One morning their friend, a bully, meet and they get up to dangerous behaviours which lead to something rather serious happening with ...
  • Student Services If parents have a query relating to their child please e-mail or phone Student Services and if they are unable to deal with enquiry themselves, they will make an appointment for you with the relevant person. Contact details can be found here: https://www.hdhs.org.uk/about/communities/ Should you need to drop any items at school, forgotten PE kits etc, you ...

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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

Harwich and Dovercourt Sixth Form College Open Evening

Tuesday, 6th November, 6-8pm

 I am delighted to invite you to an Open Evening for Harwich and Dovercourt Sixth Form College on Tuesday, 6th November, 6-8pm. Please note this is a change from the date originally published in the school calendar.

The evening will involve the opportunity to explore the variety of pathways through Years 12 and 13 which we will be offering, including a newly-revamped range of A Levels and BTECs, vocational courses in both Construction and Hairdressing, and our highly successful Knowledge, Learning, Independence and Careers (KLIC) course. There will also be the opportunity to find out more about our new Chelsea Football Club Academy and how Harwich sixth formers can join. Furthermore, you will be able talk to our staff and current students to find out more about the qualifications on offer and life in our small and successful sixth form.

I very much hope that you will join us to find out more about our vision for the future of our sixth form. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mrs Parks, Head of Sixth Form, at the school at martin.higgon@hdhs.school or philippa.parks@hdhs.school

Yours faithfully

Mr M Higgon
Deputy Headteacher


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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