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GCSEPod Webinars for Year 10 parents

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

On average, students who consistently engage with GCSEPod get better GCSE grades than students who don’t engage with GCSEPod. HDHS students have access to the online platform GCSEPod in English, Geography and History.
The webinar will  look at how to support your child’s learning using GCSEPod:

How to access the Pods;
Podbooks and how to quiz your child;
What to expect if your child is given homework on GCSEPod;
Check & Challenge and self-assessment;
Hints and tips on home learning.

You will have a chance to ask questions during the webinar.

PARENT WEBINAR – Introduction to GCSEPod

May 21, 5:00 PM –
May 28, 12:00 PM –
Jun 4, 5:00 PM –
Jun 11, 9:30 AM  –
Jun 15, 12:00 PM –
Jun 23, 5:30 PM –

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