Kick-Start Half Term:

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

Dear Parent/Carer

The second half of the summer term this year is our Kick-start half-term; we will be kick-starting courses for our students in order that they get ahead of the game. The term will run differently to others in that all students will have lessons in blocks of whole or half days. There are numerous significant advantages to reorganising the curriculum in this way for every year group and all students will benefit greatly.

Year 7 will be able to experience activities that the usual curriculum time given over a week has not previously allowed, for example whole day projects including field trips into the local environment. They will also get the opportunity to experience subjects that they may decide to pursue later on in their school career, such as media and dance. They will have the opportunity to experience a more broad and balanced curriculum. Additionally they will have end of year exams within this time which will begin to mimic the GCSE style exams so that they will be experienced and not so shocked when they enter key-stage 4.

Year 8 will be able to have a taster of the option choices they have made – this will enable them to be certain that they have made the right choices before they begin their 3 year key stage 4 at the start of year 9. Year 8 will also benefit from having end of year exams within this time within core subjects which begin to mimic the GCSE style exams so that they too will be experienced and unafraid as they enter the demands of key stage 4.

Year 9 will benefit the most as they are in the difficult position of being about to begin the increased content GSCE programme with only 2 years to undertake it. Kick-start will give year 9 the extra curriculum time they desperately need, as they begin their option choices at this time and gain whole chunks of curriculum time to get ahead of the exam demands. Schemes of learning have been rewritten for Kick-start to enable the students to access more than they would during normal curriculum time.

Year 10 will be able to experience PPEs (Pre-Public Exams, formerly known as mocks) in the most realistic style as the Kick-start term affords them a morning of revision followed by the exam in the afternoon: exactly how the real exams take place with extended sessions of revision beforehand. These PPEs will take place at the start of Kick-start to enable teachers to identify gaps early on and plan intervention accordingly.

Year 11 will have extended periods of revision in a bespoke timetable for each of them, in all subjects which still have exams remaining. All students, with exception of those 21 students taking Further Mathematics, will finish this term after their final science exam on 15th June, when their extended summer break begins.

Year 12 and 13 lessons will continue as usual without any changes.

This is an exciting half-term which will significantly improve the chances of the students in their exam subjects as they head through their school career.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Kate Finch


Year 8-11 English and Media trip to New York (Easter 2019)

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

English and Media trip to New York (Easter 2019)

Just a reminder that there is only 2 weeks left to pay the deposit to secure your place on the English and Media Trip to New York! Please login to Parent Pay before the 30th April to book your place. Any questions or if you need support with Parent Pay please contact Louise Brundle.

We have arranged an unforgettable opportunity for students to visit New York in Easter 2019.  We hope this trip will enable the students to experience a different culture and includes a TV and film tour, a tour of the 9/11 site, entry to the Empire State Building & Broadway Theatre Tickets plus much more.

To secure your place on this trip please pay the £125 deposit before 30th April. Letters are available from Louise Brundle in the trips office or can be emailed by request.

Accessing School Emails

Written by HDHS on . Posted in Parent News, School News, Student News

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.

PPE Results for Year 11

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

Students in Year 11 received their Pre public examination results today replicating how it will look and be organised in August.
On receiving their results their were many happy faces as well as those realising they have much to do over the coming weeks before their official examinations.
Staff were on hand to offer advice and guidance on the way forward and congratulate those who had performed well.
A number of parents joined their son/daughter to be a moral support or share success.
All will have learnt something about themselves and what they need to do to make results day in August an enjoyable one.

Be a VIP at HDHS 6th Form

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

Following the Launch of our new Sixth form offer, HDHS students are treated as VIP’s with the red carpet experience and some exciting new course offers.
Students can apply now for a broad range of courses including the Exclusive Chelsea Football academy.
Any questions please speak to Mrs Parker, email on or click on the link below to complete the 6th Form Application Enquiry Form