Bags of Support Collection Day - 29th and 30th November.

DPHS PTA are organising  “Bags of Support” Collection Days on Wednesday 29 November and Thursday 30 November 2017.

Collection Point by school gates – from 8.00am – 8.30 am

It’s easy and a chance to get rid of unwanted clean clothes/shoes /bedding/belts/bags/cuddly toys. (The heavier the bags, the more money we get for the school – any plastic bags can be used!)

A chance to win a £20 Amazon Gift Voucher too!

A raffle ticket will be given for every bag dropped off at the collection point before the start of the school day, and the winner will be chosen at random.

The more bags you bring in to school the more chance you have of winning!

For more information or if you want to drop off any bags before the day please contact:

All proceeds go to DPHS to benefit the students.

Please support the school – thank you!

Return to school in January

Below is a summary of the dates for the return to school in January:

3rd January - INSET - no students in school

4th January - Year 11/ Year 13 Day - only Year 11/Year 13 students in school

5th January - Year 11 Parents' Consultation Day - only Year 11 (appointments only) / Year 13 students in school.

8th January - all students return to school as normal (Week 1)


Nearly New Uniform Shop - 23rd November

The PTA will be running a nearly new uniform shop at the Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening on Thursday 23rd November.  Refreshments will also be provided.  

Your support on the evening is appreciated and all profit made goes back into the school.

The PTA have made donations to most departments and have recently helped to purchase the trampolines for the PE department.

Please contact if you would like further information.

National Poetry Day

This year’s National Poetry Day was celebrated on an even bigger scale at DPHS. Last year’s whole-school BE PUBLISHED competition returned with a new twist: not only would their stories and descriptions be aimed at real audiences – their peers, staff, parents, and governors – but so would their poems. In Period One, students either chose an emotion which they described using the five senses, or wrote a poem about a topic of their choosing. Writing about their feelings in such a metaphorical way seemed a little strange at first, but we now have hundreds of fantastic entries to shortlist for our very own Debden Park poetry anthology.

In addition to the poetry buzz during Period One, all English lessons on the day were dedicated to reading and writing poems on the theme of freedom. From the wise and profound to the light-hearted and funny, we have some budding poets waiting to be recognised. The winning entries are being selected for publication, but here’s a taster of our Year 8s’ creativity:


He who is not happy with the

way life grows

Will not complete the tasks that it vigorously throws.

Learn to love yourself before

the chance is lost

And you will live a happy

life whatever is the cost.


Ellie Sholem, Year 8


Well done to all students who took part in National Poetry Day!



Thriller Workshop

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This term the dance team offered a one off dance workshop to which we were delighted to invite selected year 9 students, our year 12 dance students and the Debden Youth Dance Company. The workshop was led by a professional dancer, Jordan Palmer, who is currently performing in Thriller in the West End.

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This was a fantastic opportunity for particularly able students to extend their learning, receive personalised advice and support in a smaller class context and to stretch themselves academically.

PTA Quiz Night

Please see the following message from our PTA:

We are hosting a Quiz night!

Friday 10 November, School Hall 7.30 for 8.00 pm start

  • Open to parents, friends & staff

  • Bring your own drinks and nibbles

  • Start putting together your team now (Maximum team size of 8 people)

                                                                                         Tickets £5 per person in advance

To reserve your tickets please email:
All proceeds go to DPHS to benefit the students.
Please support the school – thank you!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

For the last 5 years Debden Park High has supported Macmillan Coffee Morning, consistently raising over £400!

The Sixth Form Students took the lead in preparing and organising the event which was a resounding success. In particular, a huge thank you goes to Ellie Blyth, Amy Partridge, Stephen Skinner, Isobel Jones and Grace Holden for running engaging and inspiring assemblies in the weeks leading up to the event and for ensuring the whole day ran smoothly.

Students and staff baked numerous magnificent cakes and we are proud to have contributed to such a worthy charity.