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  • Exam Results Days August 2019 Students and parents are welcome into school on Thursday 22nd August 2019 to collect their results from the following times: Year 11 GCSE Results – from 9am Year 10 GCSE Results – from 11am Please note that this will take place in the Lighthouse (school canteen). Year 12 Health and English results can be collected from Main Reception on ...
  • SPORTS DAY 19th JULY Sports Day is on 19th July 2019 and we would love you to join us to enjoy this Community event. Arrivals will be from 9.45-10.15am, with the first race at 10.30am. The event will be finished by 12.40pm, when students will be dismissed to begin their summer break. TICKETS Again this year it is an all ticket event ...
  • 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

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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

School Updates

Headteacher’s Stakeholder Surgery

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 Thursday 11th July 2019.

No appointment will be required, but depending on uptake, these meetings may be limited to 10 minutes.

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.

If you wish to join us for taster sessions on Monday 8th July 9am-1pm please e-mail: sixthform@hdhs.school

Further details about these sessions can be found here:  6th-Form-taster-sessions.png – 130 KB

Application forms to join HDSFC 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, Mrs Parker, Mr Higgon or Mr Herron, our Sixth Form Leadership Team.

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.

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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