HDHS Year 11 English Revision Advent Calendar

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

HDHS is getting a head start on Christmas! Christmas is coming and this is the HDHS Year 11 Revision English advent calendar. There is a task for every school day from the 2nd of December to the 20th of December. Once you have completed an advent task, submit it to your teacher for a chocolate prize.There will be a big prize for students who complete a week’s worth of tasks.

Happy Revision!

Year 11 English Revision Calendar – 234 KB


Written by Lydia Scutcher on . Posted in Promoted News, School News

The Sigma Trust is re-structuring its Post 16 provision for September 2020, creating Sigma Sixth Tendring – at TEC, and Sigma Sixth Colchester – working across Philip Morant, Essex University and the new Northern Gateway sports facility. They will be running co-ed Sports Academies in Football, Rugby and Basketball, utilising these facilities, and offering a full range of A level and BTEC qualifications. This should be a wonderful opportunity for our young people of NE Essex.

Please see below for details of how to apply to the Sports Academy for 2020:

Application-Form-2020-Sports-Academy.pdf – 226 KB

Year 7 Meet the Tutor Parents Evening – 4th December 2019

Written by Stephanie Laimbeer on . Posted in Parent News, School News

Year 7 Meet the Tutor Parents Evening will be taking place on Wednesday 4th December in K Block. This is an opportunity for parents/carers to meet and receive a short update from their child’s tutor.

Appointments are available from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm and can be booked using the Parents Evening System online via the School website, from Wednesday 20th November at 9.00 am.

The website link is:


If you are unable to access the link please telephone the school reception from Wednesday 20th November at 9.00 am and someone will make an appointment for you.

During the evening there will be a short talk by Mrs Finch, Headteacher and Mrs Honeyman, Head of Year 7 to explain school procedures, the interim report system and provide information on the pastoral system. This will be at 4.30 pm and repeated at 5.30 pm in the main school hall.

There will also be a London showcase display for those who would like to take a look, following on from the year 7 London Extravaganza trip.

November Safeguarding Update

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in Promoted News, School News

Dear Parent/ Carer, 

I write to update you on the following important safeguarding themes to assist in keeping your child safe and well.

The link below will take you to the Childnet website providing updated information for parents and young people on risky behaviour and how to maintain online safety using a handy ‘Parent and Carer Toolkit’.  

Parent and Carer Toolkit

Increasingly we see that children are missing school due to anxiety which appears to be a national problem. Whilst this can be a worrying time for all, we have found that the most successful strategy is parents working together with the school to plan support which enables students to attend school regularly even in challenging mental health circumstances. If your child is experiencing difficulties, please don’t wait, talk to school immediately. The links below provide further advice in this area. 

NHS: Stress Depression and Anxiety in Children

Young Minds: Parents Guide to Support

Finally, we will be launching a ‘Student Health and Care’ surgery on 21st November 2019 9.30 – 11am to support parents with any health or safeguarding issues your son/ daughter may be experiencing.

As ever, we are available to provide support and advice should you require this. 

Yours faithfully, 

J.W. Loten
Deputy Headteacher