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  • 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.

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  • Safeguarding Updates October 2019 Please follow this link for our most recent safeguarding newsletter:  
  • 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 one of the following dates: Tuesday 22nd October 2019 Monday 10th February 2020 Friday 19th June 2020 No appointment will be required, but depending on uptake, these meetings may be limited ...
  • The school welcomes back Community Police colleagues.  As part of Project Enlightenment rolled out by Essex Police on 1st May 2019,  it was proposed that the police should increase it’s links with schools in Tendring. This is something that we were keen to be involved with.  We therefore, arranged to trial regular visits from colleagues in the Community Policing Team during the ...
  • Attendance letter to parents Regular attendance at school is essential to promote the education of students and achieve these high standards. We know that presence in school is essential if students are to achieve their potential, and therefore, our expectation is that your child is in school every day that the school is open and arrives to school punctually. Please ...

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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

Join us at the Harwich and Dovercourt Sixth Form Open Evening: Thursday 17th October 6.00 – 7.30pm


Humanities Thought for the Week: W/B Monday 14th October


“Human beings are of such nature that they should have not only material but spiritual sustenance well.
Without spiritual sustenance, it is difficult to maintain peace of mind.”
Dalai Lama (b. 1935)

16th October: World Food Day
17th October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18th October: Anti-Slavery Day


Homework Club

This takes place 3.10-4.10pm Mondays to Thursdays in D1. All year groups are welcome.


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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