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Saturday, August 23rd

Promoted News

    • Welcome to 2014

      Return to school details for students and a calendar of events for next year are available here:

    • Red Carpet Prom Photos

      The red carpet prom photographs are now available to buy on-line through our Wisepay payment area. Click above for more information.

    • Harwich Millennium Embroideries

      Students may have noticed recently that our school canteen, The Lighthouse, is now home to the Harwich Millennium Embroideries. These embroideries depict 1,000 years of Harwich history. They were removed from the walls of Harwich International Port in early 2012 and we are delighted to have been asked to have them in our School.

    • Thailand Trip 2014

      The second Harwich and Dovercourt Sixth Form College expedition to Thailand takes place 1st – 11th July 2014. Students from years 12 and 13 will follow a busy schedule, experiencing a culture very different from their own and working for the benefit of people less fortunate than themselves, click the link above to read more




“Attendance has improved dramatically. Arrangements for keeping students safe in the school are good” – Ofsted, 2012


“The Headteacher and the Leadership team lead the school well. They have made important changes to improve the character and image of the school” – Ofsted, 2012



“The number of students gaining five good GCSE passes, including English and Maths has risen” – Ofsted, 2012

Whats On

1 school, 4 communities, 1200 individual students, supported by 180 committed and caring staff.


Headteacher’s Letter

Dear Parents/Carers

With GCSE and A Level examinations now underway, I would like to wish our students every success at this important time. Easter revision sessions were very well attended and there are more revision lessons taking place over half-term for students to take advantage of. Free breakfasts are available for students from 8am in the Lighthouse whenever they have a GCSE or A Level exam in the morning. Staff are also available to provide any last minute support.

The school has achieved its highest level of attendance to date (94.8%). Good attendance is key to students achieving their potential. Thank you for your commitment to the school’s expectation.

The Year 7 Poetry Reading, the Dance Show and the Hair Show were great events. It was good to see so many parents there and to have judges from salons in the community sharing their expertise at the Hair Show. Congratulations to all students involved. They were wonderful opportunities to celebrate the amazing skills and talents of our students.

Over the past term students have enjoyed a range of exciting trips at home and abroad as well as varied classroom enrichment activities. It was a humbling and moving experience to welcome George Vulkan, a holocaust survivor, to speak to GCSE and A Level history students before Easter. In addition Sixth Form students have been carrying out a range of fundraising activities as they will soon be setting off on their expedition to Thailand.

We have recently moved to using Show My Homework to record homework. We received an email from Show my Homework in which they shared that not only was our roll out one of the most successful they had seen, but that over 1000 homework tasks had been submitted since February! Homework Club is available every day after school for any students requiring advice, guidance or support with their homework.

Congratulations to Paris, Ellis, Tom, Riannon and Tash – our new Head Students. Students who take on responsibilities throughout the school and in communities have a crucial part to play in the school’s journey of improvement.

The school would not flourish without the support of our parents. Your commitment to the school is so important to us in all we work to achieve for our students.

Lynne Gettings
Acting Headteacher


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