Lesson Time Review – Trial Day Wednesday 27th March

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

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

Answer Machine Messages

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in Promoted News

We are currently experiencing technical problems with retrieving answer machine messages left on some school extension numbers. If you have not received a return call recently please call back and ensure you leave a message directly with a member of staff.

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


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

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

Year 7 Celebration Event 4-5pm Thursday 13th December

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The English and Communication faculty would like to invite you to a celebration of your son/daughter’s creativity in English after their first term at HDHS. Year 7 students have experienced a big change in their arrival at secondary school and we would like to share their progress and hard work so far with you. Click here for further details:    Year-7-Celebration-Evening-13th-December-2018.pdf – 158 KB

GCSEPod – Year 11 Revision Tool

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We are delighted to announce that HDHS has recently invested in GCSEPod, the award-winning digital content and revision provider used by over 1,200 schools worldwide. Year 11 students now has access to GCSEPod’s library of over 6,000 ‘Pods,’ 3-5 minute videos designed to deliver knowledge in short bursts.  Click here for further details:   GCSE-Pod.pdf – 142 KB