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Instructor in Technology and Computer Science

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We are seeking to appoint an Instructor in Technology and Computer Science. The purpose of the role is to deliver an appropriate, broad based curriculum for students. Training and further professional development will be given to the right candidate.
Deadline for applications: Monday 16th April 2018

Interviews: Week Commencing Monday 23th April 2018

Please submit your application to The Personnel Manager by email to or by post to Harwich and Dovercourt High School, Hall Lane, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex CO12 3TG. You can download an application pack from our website

We reserve the right to close the post before the date stated above once sufficient applications have been received. We therefore advise that you submit your completed application form as soon as possible.

The school’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.   All posts are subject to enhanced DBS checks.

Accessing School Emails

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Students, a little reminder, your school Google email address is made up of your normal school username (e.g. 17smithj) and

A link to Gmail is available from the useful links page on the school website, by searching for “gmail” on google/bing/etc… or by clicking this link –

Your password for your Google account is the same as the password you use to log onto the computers on the school site.

If you need your password reset or have issues logging on please email or Facebook message us your full name and school username and we’ll reset your password.

Arrangements for the start of term for students, Wednesday 6th September

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8:35am            Year 7 start (to report to the Hall for a welcome assembly)

9:50am            Year 8-11 students start (to report to their tutor rooms to receive timetables)

10.25am          Break begins for Year 7

10.40am          Break time for all

11:00am          Lessons begin for all students

12:30pm          Early lunch for Year 7

12.40pm          Lunchtime for all

1.20pm            Lessons as usual for everyone

Behaviour Policy Update

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Dear Parent /Carer

You will be aware that Harwich and Dovercourt High School introduced a new behaviour policy in January 2016. The policy offered a clearer approach to supporting learning and progression and in tackling any barriers that might affect how well our students are able to learn and flourish.

It is good practise to carry out a regular review of this policy. Following dialogue and consultation with Student Leaders and School Leaders, I am writing to inform you of some adjustments that will come into effect from April 18th 2017.

  • We believe that a strong partnership between school and home is essential and we strive to achieve this. Where we note a student has received several sanctions, perhaps in one day, you will be invited to a school-based meeting at the earliest, most convenient opportunity. This will allow us to work with you collaboratively in applying consistent strategies between home and school that will support your child(ren).
  • Where we have the unfortunate situation of a student in detention after school the work provided will be adjusted to focus on whole-school strategies that support progression in English, Maths and Science. Students will be expected to complete the work provided. The expectations of detentions will be rigorous: mobile phones, and other smart devices will be handed in for the duration of the detention, and the sanction will be completed in silence. There will be an automatic escalation as per the policy for failure to adhere to these expectations.
  • The location of Internal Isolation is being moved so that it will no longer be within the main school buildings. Students should report to Student Services as normal where they will be collected by Mr Davids. Internal Isolation will have its timings changed to operate from 8.30am to 4.00pm. The expectations will remain rigorous:  mobile phones, and other smart devices will be handed in for the duration of the detention, and the sanction will be completed in silence. An escalation in sanction will be applied for an breach and the period of isolation repeated upon completion of the escalation.
  • REACH will not operate for the Summer Term and students will be referred to the Green Lodge STOP facility in Clacton-on-Sea instead.
  • Reintegration to school will proceed as normal, although in some cases we will invite the referring teacher to attend as part of our Repair and Rebuild process.
  • There will be a gradual phasing out of behaviour points to be replaced by the number of ‘C-Sanctions’ and a new set of thresholds that will invite a reporting process, school-based meeting, senior leader meeting or Governor meeting.

Full details will be shared with students upon their return from the 18th April and these new adjustments will apply in full from 24th April 2017.

What gives me great encouragement is the very positive approach adopted by Student Leaders in recommending many of these changes: these student colleagues represent the student body within the school and they are clear in their desire to ensure we work together to create an environment where barriers to learning are removed.

May I remind you of our rewards system, Vivo, which been a tremendous success. Not only do we see students being recognised for excellence in their work, community spirit and support is also celebrated. Attendance is rewarded and I would encourage you to support this as much as possible. The Summer Term will see the introduction of a weekly rewards patrol where leaders across the school will drop into lessons and recognise great work with an instant Vivo reward of at least 25 points. We are seeing many Year 11 students working hard to gain points in exchange for Prom discounts.

May I also remind you of the school expectation that sugary, fizzy, and high energy drinks are not permitted on-site. Whilst the Lighthouse Restaurant does sell fizzy drinks, these are approved low-sugar refreshments that are in line with our Healthy School status.

I am sure you will agree that these are positive measures to continue to support the excellent progress our learners are making, and for us to maintain our stance that barriers to learning do not have a place in this school.

Our thanks for your continued support.

Yours sincerely


Deputy Headteacher

Important Evening for Year 11 Parents/Carers – 15th September 2016

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Dear Parent/Carer

Important Evening for Year 11 Parents/Carers
Thursday, 15th September 2016 6.30-8.10pm

With GCSE courses well underway, we would like all Year 11 parents to attend a special evening so that we can share with you a range of ways that you can work with the school to maximise your son/daughter’s grades over the coming months.

There will be a series of informal presentations which are designed to highlight key themes. There will be refreshments available during one of the sessions.

Parents rated last year’s evening for Year 11 parents as good or outstanding. Research shows that the support students receive during their GCSE years from both parents/carers and the school has a significant impact upon GCSE grades.

Heads of Learning Community and Senior Leaders will be available to answer individual questions throughout the evening.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, 15th September.

Yours sincerely

Mr R Garrett

Leavers Video 2016

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On Friday 1st of July Harwich and Dovercourt High School held its Year 11 Leavers Ceremony, as is tradition this also meant the school released its annual Leavers Day video.

Unfortunately due to copyright issues we have been unable to post this to our YouTube page but have managed to get it uploaded to our Vimeo channel.

The video can be watched via the following link.

or you can watch it in the embedded player below

Harwich and Dovercourt High School – Class Of 16 Leavers from HDHS on Vimeo.

Ofsted Inspection

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We are delighted to announce that OFSTED will be visiting our school on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th June. During their time here, we look forward to showcasing Harwich and Dovercourt High School and its continuing strengths as we progress further and further. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your ongoing support.

A letter from OFTSED and an explanatory leaflet are available below

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school please tell OFSTED your views about Harwich and Dovercourt High School, by completing their online survey, Parent View, at:

by 11am on 15th June 2016

Ofsted would also like to hear the views of pupils. They can do this by completing an online questionnaire. At the following link:

Your views are really important to us and will help inspectors understand your experience of school. The questionnaire will close at 11am on 15th June 2016 to give the inspector time to look at the results. The questionnaires work in Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer 11, and on mobiles and tablets, when you copy and paste the link into the browser.

We do not ask for your name, so you will be identified from the responses you make.

Thank you again for your support.

Mr Rob Garrett