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Friday, September 19th

Promoted News

    • 11 Mentoring/Careers Day

      All Year 11 students will be attending a 15 minute introductory meeting with their mentors on Tuesday 16th September. They will also be attending sessions throughout the morning re apprenticeships, HDHS Sixth Form, Otley College and Colchester Institute who can advise on future pathways.

    • Exam Results

      Year 11 students are celebrating 56% 5 A*-C including English and Maths, and Year 13 A Level and Btec results have improved yet again, click above to read more

    • Year 5/6 Open Evening

      Year 5 & 6 students and their parents are invited to attend this event which take place 6-8pm on Tuesday 23rd September . It is an excellent opportunity to meet our students and staff, to see the exciting developments that have taken place in school and for us to share our great successes. If you are […]

    • Year 11 Academic Evening

      Important Evening for Year 11 Parents/Carers Monday 15th September 2014 6.30-8pm With GCSE courses well underway, we would like all Year 11 parents to attend a special evening so that we can share with you a range of ways that you can work with the school to maximise your son/daughter’s grades over the coming months. […]

    • Show My Homework

      Last year we started to use the Show My Homework computer programme. This enables staff to load students’ homework on to a system which then organises the  homework and gives each student their own timetable. Students then access this from their own homepage. There is now an app that can be downloaded for free from […]

    • Success in the Sixth Form Evening

      Our Success in the Sixth Form Evening is taking place at 6pm in the Octagon on Thursday 11th September. The purpose of this is to allow all of our parents and carers the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the procedures and expectations of the Sixth Form. You can download further details here:



     

 

Students

“Attendance has improved, the schools’ rewards system celebrates and motivates students.” – Ofsted, May 2014

Staff

“Behaviour has improved since the previous in section and is now good. Students cooperate well with each other in lessons. In lessons, students have positive attitudes to learning” – Ofsted, May 2014

 

Parents

“The proportion of students achieving five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, is rising. Students achieve particularly well in English.” – Ofsted, May 2014

Whats On

“Sixth formers say, “We are one big family”. They are very positive about their learning and wider school experience. Students regularly raise money for charities such as Sports Relief and Children in Need. A good programme of trips and visits widen students’ cultural awareness.” – Ofsted, May 2014

 

Headteacher’s Letter

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Harwich and Dovercourt High School. I was delighted to be appointed before the summer break and have been looking forward to my first day throughout the summer. In May when the post of Headteacher was advertised I had no real plans to move to Essex even though I was born in the South of the County. However, when I visited the school I was immensely impressed with the attitude of the students and staff and their desire to improve the school. I have been a school Principal for nearly eight years and visited many schools. One of the first things I looked for was how the students conducted themselves, treated each other and welcomed visitors. The students were a credit to the school – articulate, positive and keen to describe all of the areas they enjoyed and valued whilst being aware of areas that still needed improving further. It was because of their attitude and those of all the staff that I decided to apply for the post.

The most recent Ofsted report acknowledges the improvements made during the last eighteen months. The school can justifiably celebrate these whilst continuing to move forward. There is a great deal of work that still needs to be done in order to develop an outstanding educational provision. This is what the students and community of Harwich and Dovercourt deserve and it is my privilege to be able to lead them in striving to achieve this outcome. I have been fortunate to work with outstanding teachers and leaders – witnessing the impact they have on the life chances of young people. There is no reason that this type of transformation cannot happen here. The key to our success will be working together as teachers, parents and students to ensure that every child achieves both their academic, personal and career goals. The quality of teaching and learning at the school will be an immediate focus for me. I want every student to be actively engaged in lessons, enjoying their studies and taking increasingly greater control of their own learning as they move through the school. In a rapidly changing world dependence and resilience are key characteristics of successful adults. Outstanding schools foster these qualities whilst providing a nurturing and supportive environment for all their young people.

My aim is to raise expectations of students and teachers. I believe as educationalists we have to set the bar high and work towards excellence in all areas. A child’s education is too valuable in their lives for it not to be given every possible opportunity to flourish. I also intend to develop and improve all of those social, sporting, outdoor and leadership opportunities which can have such a positive impact on young people’s development. My own career pathway to this point was not initially an academic one. It was only because teachers took an interest in me, built my confidence through sport and taught me the value of hard work that I have been able to fill this wonderful position. I am looking forward to creating opportunities for our young people and developing the school into one which the community can continue to be proud of.

Rob Garrett
Headteacher

 

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