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Online Safety

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

Dear Parent/ Carer, 
Please have a look at the link below which details steps you can take regarding online safety for your son/ daughter. We know that pupils are spending more time than ever online due to school closure. As such we thought this might prove useful.

J. W. Loten

Deputy Headteacher 

Safeguarding Updates: May 2020

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

Monday 18th May, 2020

Dear Parent/ Carer, 

I am writing to you to update you with some information on support services in these most unusual times of school closure. By now every pupil will have had some sort of contact with a member of staff. Some parents have opted to receive phone calls while others are keeping in touch via email. Whatever the method of communication you prefer, I would encourage you to have you son/ daughter keep up this contact with school. It will make the return easier when the time comes. 

As ever, if you have a safeguarding concern or require any advice, please call the school, email: or use the Whisper (Reporting an Issue) button at the bottom of the school website. This can be anonymous if you wish. 

Being cooped up presents issues for the mental health of all people and therefore the advice and guidance we can offer you has adapted accordingly.  Updated support is below. Please follow the links to find out more: 

Gaming Disorder? Is your child gaming excessively?

Advice and guidance on Gaming Disorder

Safe in Essex: 

This is a flyer on services and webinars to do with 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. This is an external service not run by HDHS. 

Finally, as previously mentioned, if you are seeking support with any pastoral, welfare or safeguarding issues, the following routes still apply:

– Teentalk 01255 504800

– Family Operations Hub 03456037627

– Childline 0800 1111

– CHAT young person text service (health) 07520615734

– SHOUT (emotional well being service) text Shout to 85258 for call back

– Young minds

– Anna Freud Advice for parents and carers of anxious young people

– Anna Freud self help resources for young people 

We hope you and your families are safe and well. 

Yours faithfully, 

J. W. Loten

Deputy Headteacher

Message to parents of SEND students

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

Here are the links to two websites you might find useful. Carol Gray has created a social story that explains the reasons behind the current lockdown and why schools are not open at this time, aimed at children with ASD. In addition to this, please find a link to the Facebook group Spectrum, which is a support network for parents and carers of children with ASD.

Message from Head of Sixth Form:

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

Dear future and current applicants,

We will continue to accept applicants into our college. For those of you that are yet to apply please do so using this link:

I understand that many of you may be confused as to what your final grades will be. Once exam boards calculate and publish grades nationally following OFQUAL guidance, we will of course inform you of your final course offer if you have applied already and attended your interview, followed by confirmation as to when and how our enrolment process works.

Until this time, please continue to use our prospectus as a guide for entry requirements situated on the bottom of each subject profile page, this includes Sigma Sixth Courses that you will have access to. Link:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email at You may also request a phone consultation with myself should you wish to do so. All interviews continue over the phone and email whilst social distancing continues.

Until this time please take care and stay safe.

Mrs S J Parker
Head of Sixth Form