Year 11 “Outward Bounds” style residential course

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

Yesterday Year 11 pupils received a presentation about the National Citizens Service (NCS) which is a scheme run for students in the summer after their GCSEs. For only £25 (free-school meals) to £50 (non-free school meals) pupils will attend a one week “Outward Bounds” style residential course, receive leadership training and then are supported in running a local charitable project. The whole course lasts three weeks. HDHS has been a “Champion School” for the high numbers of pupils who have attended in the past.
NCS will return to HDHS at break time on Friday 24th January in the Lighthouse canteen to answer further questions. At this stage students need only submit an Expression of Interest form to receive more details. Please see Mr Garnham with any questions.
Simon Garnham
Senior Assistant Headteacher


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

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