Headteacher’s Letter

4th October 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

The new school year has got off to a great start. It has been wonderful to welcome the new Year 7s into our learning community and to see all students back, refreshed after the summer break and raring to go. Year 11, in particular, have risen to the challenge of their final months before they sit the terminal exams – I am very proud of their work ethic and attitude.

Years 9 and 10 have taken up their option choices at GCSE and have started very well – the time will fly by and we’ll be talking about their exams before you know it! Their maturity is shining through and they are maximising their time in lessons to build their futures, making me very proud of their attitude to learning. Year 10, in particular, used the time in Kickstart last term extremely well to get a head start on their courses.

The Head Students have really made their mark already by attending senior team meetings to present their ideas for developing the school – all very well thought through and articulated. All the ideas are being looked at and costed and our students will definitely see some changes around the building very soon based on their work.

I hope that you saw the article on Anglia news last week showcasing our rebranding as a Reading School. We are totally committed to raising standards through literacy and helping our students to maximise their potential through accessing all materials. Additionally, we want them to enjoy reading and take more pleasure in it in their leisure time! We are very much enjoying Run Riot, the book we are reading together as a school, and we are really looking forward to the author coming in to visit us very soon after he heard that we are all reading his book! The quiet reading and book-watching area is proving a hit with our Year 7 students and I am loving hearing about how they are finding the book we gifted them, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, as well as the other books they are reading right now, when we chat at break and lunch times.

Our Year 11 Football Team have been seen around the building on match days proudly wearing their new kit. I am very proud of their achievements and efforts on the pitch but, more importantly, their image as role models around the school, representing our beliefs of hard work and constant practice.

Year 8 were particularly helpful on Year 5 & 6 Open Evening recently as we showed what the school has to offer: they did a wonderful job of talking to parents about their learning and the opportunities available within the school. I am very grateful to them for their commitment; their obvious pride in being a part of HDHS was clear.

Very soon there will be a 6th Form Courses Evening where we will offer Key Stage 4 students the chance to see what new and existing courses will be on offer next academic year – expect some appealing opportunities for our students to take up as we develop our vocational offer in line with the needs of local students.

Please look out for the Stakeholders’ Surgery each half term, the times of which are published on the home page of the website. All stakeholders can drop in to speak to me in person without appointment. I look forward to speaking to community members then.

Enjoy the autumn term and the run up to Christmas!

Mrs Kate Finch

Click here for previous letter from the Headteacher:  Letter-from-Headteacher-July-2018.pdf – 86 KB

Click here for previous letter from the Headteacher:  Letter-from-Headteacher-re-Kickstart-April-2018.pdf – 97 KB

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