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  • HDHS English Department Year 6 Newsletter 2020 This newsletter is to give you further information about Year 7 English at HDHS and to help prepare your child for their entry this September. If you have any further questions about KS3 English at HDHS or how you can support your child ahead of their start this September, please email Kind regards, Ms ...
  • Message from Mrs Parker Head of Sixth form: To all of our year 11 students who have applied for the Harwich and Dovercourt High School. Although the school and college are not able to offer you a face to face taster day this year, we have put together this comprehensive powerpoint including a personal introduction to your subjects. Find out what your summer ...
  • 2020 RSHE & PSHEE Consultation Tuesday 7th July 2020 Dear Parents and Carers, As a part of your child’s education at Harwich and Dovercourt High School, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live ...
  • Safe in Essex Safe in Essex have put together a virtual weekly online programme. This is for any young people ages 13-19 across Essex that want to join in and can access this via Microsoft teams. As you will see, some of the sessions will focus on topics which may affect young people such as our drug and ...

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Work for students will be provided via Google Classroom

For students having difficulty logging on to Google Classroom, please direct them to this guide:   Google-Classroom-Student-Guide.pdf – 340 KB

If a password reset is required please email


Guardian summaries offer the opportunity for parents to receive either a daily or weekly email with recent and due tasks set for your son or daughter. Sign up here:  Link


Remote Learning Overviews

These overviews will be shared weekly via the Harwich and Dovercourt Facebook page to support parents with learning from home. If you have any further questions, you can email the class teacher. Individual teachers will also continue to post on Google Classroom.  

Parent Carer Guides to Remote Learning

Parent_-Carer-Guide-HDHS-Year-9-Remote-Learning-Newsletter-.pdf – 216 KB

Newsletters Summer Term 2020

School Closure-  A Survival Guide

This is some guidance for parents and carers from the Bedrock team, who play an important part in supporting the literacy development of HDHS students:

Survival Guide


It is essential that every HDHS student continues to get their ‘Twenty’ daily to develop key reading skills.  

HDHS guide to support reading during school closure

HDHS-guide-to-support-reading-during-school-closure.pdf – 706 KB

HDHS Staff Lockdown reading

Follow the link below to find out what HDHS staff are reading during lockdown:

HDHS Students’ Lockdown Reading

This is a celebration montage of HDHS students getting their daily ‘Twenty’ and reading at home during this lockdown period.

HDHS PE Lockdown Reading

Mr Gambrell, Mr Gooder and Mr Day combining sport and reading to get a healthy body and a healthy mind.


This is a guidance to support reading aloud for HDHS students outside of school. HDHS-READ-ALOUD-RECOMMENDATIONS.pdf – 215 KB

Reading and Literacy Home Support

This is a support guide for parents to recommend resources to support home learning regarding reading and literacy:   HDHS-Reading-and-Literacy-Resource-Recommendations-2020_.pdf – 192 KB


This is a varied and extensive selection of recommended books for HDHS students:

HDHS-READ-READ-READ-and-READ-List-2020.pdf – 8 MB


Here are some weekly editions of a newsletter with book recommendations and other notable information and links to support and promote reading.

Week 1: HDHS-is-a-Reading-School-Newsletter-Edition-1.pdf – 363 KB

Week 2: HDHS-is-a-Reading-School-Newsletter-Edition-2.pdf – 542 KB

HDHS LITFLIX: Week beginning 15th June

Every week there are films being shown across all channels that can support the study of English Literature and Language. Every week we will release HDHS LITFLIX recommendations which will consist of some details of films being shown weekly that can support the HDHS English curriculum. If it leads to reading any of the books, even better!  We would also love students to send us film reviews of any the HDHS LITFLIX films. Film reviews can be sent to Mr Gallagher at:


HDHS Students- Now more than ever is a good time to expand your mind and explore the world. These are some sources and recommendations to get you started on your exploration. Challenge yourself and your mind by investigating an area that you may not know a lot about. These recommendations will be updated and will grow over time.

Please make sure your son/daughter is getting their TWENTY. All students should be reading independently for at least twenty minutes a day. This has been proven to have the greatest impact on academic success.