Year 7 – Careers Event

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HDHS will be holding a fun Year 7 Careers event on Wednesday 26th June 2019.

We believe that students from a young age, should be provided with the key knowledge and skills required for future employment. During the year we run PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education), Citizenship and Careers events where students are off their normal timetable to attend talks and activities relating to these subjects.

This event will provide students with the opportunity to take part in fun activities while learning key skills and knowledge about careers, including:

  • Employment opportunities.
  • Personal qualities required for employment.
  • How educational subjects link to various job roles.
  • Core communication and teamwork skills.  

The year 7’s day will be as follows:

AM Tutor  

      Year 7 Careers Assembly & Introduction to the day’s events


Period  1 & 2        Careers Activities – D band
      Normal Period 1&2 Lessons
Period 3 & 4       Careers Activities – H band
      Normal Period 3&4 Lessons
Period 5       Normal Period 5 Lesson
Period 6       Careers Bingo – whole year group

Early Closure for Easter Holidays

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Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to advise you that the school will close at 12.50pm on Friday 5th April for the Easter holidays. Students requiring school lunch will be able to obtain this during morning break which will be extended by ten minutes to assist with this. I would like to stress the importance of students attending the morning session of school on this day so that they do not fall behind with their work.

Students return to school on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

In order to ensure good communication and co-operation the Headteacher would welcome any stakeholders in the community to drop into a surgery anytime between 9 and 11am on the following dates:

4th April 2019

23rd May 2019

11th July 2019

No appointment will be required, but depending on uptake, these meetings may be limited to 10 minutes.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents/carers that the usual expectation if you need to meet with a particular member of staff regarding your child, is to contact the school in advance to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Kate Finch

Lesson Time Review – Trial Day Wednesday 27th March

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In order to maximise the learning potential of our students, I am reviewing the current 50 minute lesson time. Most lessons in years 9, 10 and 11 are double lessons and so the lesson lasts 100 minutes in total. We are looking at possibly having a 75 minute lesson because feedback tells us that 50 or 60 minute lessons are not sufficient, especially for practical subjects, but that 100 minutes is too long for the students to sustain concentration. It is very much a review process, and if it is felt that to stay as we are, with mainly 100 minute lessons will be best for the students, then we will not change.

On Wednesday 27th March, we will be having a trial day of 75 minute lessons. The day will start and end at the usual times of 8.35am – 3pm and we will still have a 20 minute break in the morning and 40 minutes for lunch, however, we will have 4 lessons each of 75 minutes instead of 6 lessons of 50 minutes. The timetable for the day can be seen below:


8.35 Registration
8.55 Lesson 1
10.10 Break
10.30 Lesson 2
11.45 Lesson changeover time
11.50 Lesson 3
13.05 Lunchtime
13.45 Lesson 4
15.00 End of compulsory school day

The students will be asked to complete an evaluation of the lessons after the trial day. I very much encourage you to have a conversation with your child in the evening to discuss the effectiveness of a 75 minute lesson and if they felt it was better for their learning.

Your child will know exactly which lessons they have on the day, as they will be fully prepped and prepared during form time in the days leading up to the trial day and they will not have any different teachers to their usual Wednesday lessons.

I hope to get back to you with any further curriculum developments in the coming term.

Yours sincerely,

Kate Finch

Mathematics Teacher

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Main/Upper Pay Scale 

NQTs are welcome to apply

Required July/September 2019

Are you a Teacher of Mathematics who wants to be part of a friendly and supportive School where the professional development of all staff is given a very high priority?

Red Nose Day Friday 15 March 2019

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Red Nose Day 2019 is just around the corner and we’ve decided to join in the fun.

To raise money, we’re going to have a non-uniform day on 15th March 2019 where we ask every student to donate £1 for comic relief. This year’s theme is ‘SPORTSWEAR’.

It is a normal day for lessons and as such please ensure you child still brings the correct equipment for their lessons: this will be checked during tutor time.

There will also be cake stalls and a sweet shop on the day so they may need some small change too.

The money we raise will be used to change countless lives, both here in the UK and worldwide.

In fact, just £3 could pay for crayons, pencils, paint and paper for children living in a Serbian refugee camp. £10 could cover the cost of 10 hot meals for a homeless person in the UK.

We’ll also be using Red Nose Day as a learning opportunity to help our pupils explore the issues facing young people across the world, and how the money we raise can help.

We really appreciate your support and hope that you’ll have fun helping us raise lots of money for Red Nose Day.

United Against Knife Crime Celebration Event

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Colchester United Football in the Community are delighted to announce we will be holding a celebration event for those who took part in our 2018-19 delivery at The JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday 23rd March 2019.

On this day Colchester United take on Tranmere Rovers and we would like to invite participants to share the day with us whilst helping us to demonstrate the impact of our United Against Knife Crime Programme alongside additional peripheral activities for the day.

The day will run from 12:00pm – 6:00pm and will consist of the following activities :-

United Against Knife Crime Review Activities
Guest Speakers
Colchester United Player Appearances
Sport/Physical Activity Session
Lunch & Refreshments Provided

Please click here for further details:

United-Against-Knife-Crime-Celebration.pdf – 3 MB United-Against-Knife-Crime-Letter-Celebration-Event-March-2019.pdf – 269 KB

National Citizen Service visit to HDHS

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The NCS (National Citizen Service) are due to attend your child’s school soon to discuss the Summer 2019 Programme with Year 11 students. NCS is a nationally recognized programme for those aged 16-17 which takes place during the school holidays. It’s a great way for young people to learn the skills for work and life they need to succeed in the future, whilst having an amazing time.

Further details can be found here:   NCS-Letter-to-Parents.pdf – 192 KB