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Archive for August, 2015

GCSE Results August 2015

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in Archived News, Parent News, School News, Student News

Harwich and Dovercourt High School is proud of some exceptional GCSE performances again this year. Many congratulations to our top achievers who include Maggie Brundle, Ellis Janda-Bantick, Tom Wotton, Katie Baker, Romana Baker, Darcie Jobling, Chloe Rotchell, Jess Powell, Emmie Rivers, Harvey Green and Ellie Free.


Rob Garrett, Headteacher said “We are celebrating significant successes for students as well as the school. This year 32 students took Further Maths as well as their GCSE Maths and achieved a 96% pass rate. A*-C pass rates in German and Health and Social Care improved with students making excellent progress in Art, English, Maths, Dance, Design and Business Studies. Congratulations to staff and students for their hard work and for the progress our students have made during their time at the school.”

Overall figures indicate 50% achieved 5 grade C passes or better and 46% gained at least a grade C in both English and Maths. 42% achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths.

As a school community we are disappointed by some of the headline figures. Over the last few years there has been a gradual improvement in these key indicators. There appears to be a large number of schools nationwide who have experienced unexpected drops in key subject areas. HDHS will also be submitting a large number of examination papers for remarking.These attainment results do not accurately reflect the students’ achievement as collectively they made better than expected progress from their starting points.

We look forward to building on our successes and continuing to improve the school experience for all of our students. The school has committed £600,000 to new teaching facilities which will open in September. We are confident this will lead to further school improvement.

Director of Finance and Business Operations

Written by HDHS on . Posted in Archived Vacancies

The Governors of Harwich and Dovercourt High School Academy are seeking to appoint a Director of Finance and Business Operations to enhance its Senior Leadership Team. This is a pivotal, strategic post essential to maintaining the school’s security and ensuring its bright future. The school has huge academic and financial potential and requires a high quality individual to lead its non-academic functions.

This is an outstanding opportunity for either an experienced business manager or an individual with a proven track record of success and personal development with excellent potential.

Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 2nd September. Interviews will be held on the 10th & 11th September.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share our commitment. Any appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS, satisfactory references and medical check.

Closing date for applications: 12pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015.

Please submit your application to The Personnel Manager, Lindsey Clark by email to or by post to Harwich and Dovercourt High School, Hall Lane, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex. CO12 3TG.

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A Level and BTEC Results Press Release

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in Archived News, Parent News, School News, Student News

Thursday 13th August

‘It has been very pleasing to see our A Level and BTEC results come into school. A Level results are in line with those achieved in 2014 whilst the school has seen a significant increase in the outcomes from its vocational courses. The increase is broadly equivalent to a grade per student. We are delighted that these results mean that over 85% of our year 13 students have already secured University places at this early stage. Subjects which have performed strongly include Media, Design, Business and Technology.

These results provide a fantastic foundation upon which to build. Students re-joining the Post 16 Centre in a few weeks will benefit from a new common room and curriculum centred around their personal iPad. The school is very proud of the achievements made by its year 13 students and wishes them every success in their future learning and employment.’
Our A Level students achieved a pass rate of 100%.
Over 50% of students achieved A*, A/B or equivalent
Design students achieved 80% Distinction or Distinction*
Media over 60% Distinction or Distinction*