A Day in the Life of Sixth Former

We are looking forward to our year 11 experiencing a “Day in the life” of a sixth former on Thursday 11th January. This will be a valuable guide to help year 11 make the right choices for sixth form study.

Unfortunately the “Futures Evening” originally planned for Thursday 11th January at 6:30 pm has had to be postponed. We will update you with the new date soon”

Careers Fest 2018 - Thursday 25th January

We will be holding our annual Schools Careers Fest at Epping Forest College in Loughton, on Thursday 25th January 2018 and would like to invite all our Year 9, 10, 11 and sixth form students and parents to attend. The event will begin at 3.30 pm and will finish at 7.00 pm.

We have over 70 exhibitors attending from local and national employers, colleges and universities as well as industry experts and institutions.  This is a great opportunity for you to explore the different career pathways available, including up-to-date information on apprenticeship opportunities and degree courses.

I look forward to seeing you at this exciting event.

Madam Hammond


Year 11 - Speaking and Listening Day - Thursday 4th January

Please pass on our congratulations to your son/daughter following their recent GCSE English Language mock examinations. Year 11 approached the exams with maturity and their effort during this time was impressive to see.

In order to obtain their English Language Grade Level in August 2017, students must also complete a speaking and listening assessment. We shall assist students in preparing for this on 4th January, when they will be off timetable and complete a series of workshops with Team English and Leadership. These workshops are designed to ensure that students have rehearsed the key skills assessed during the final exam. It is expected that students will dedicate the weekend of 6-7th January to finalise and rehearse their presentations before being examined in lessons in the week commencing 8th January.

In advance of this, students will be expected over the Christmas holidays to select and research a thought-provoking subject matter as the focus for their speaking and listening presentation. They will be given a list of suggested topics should they be struggling to select a topic for themselves. It is imperative students have thoroughly researched and are familiar with material linked to their chosen topic in advance of Thursday 4th January, as the day itself will be dedicated to presentation skills rather than content. Should students fail to prepare prior to Thursday 4th January, their mark will undoubtedly be affected.

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me on sbehan@dphs-tkat.org.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Madam Behan

Year 7 Pantomime Trip 12-12-17

At present the Year 7 Trip will be running as normal tomorrow.  We will be monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the coach company. In the event it is viewed to be unsafe we will cancel the visit in the morning and pupils will follow a normal timetable.

Students who are joining us on the trip are to go straight to Canteen at 8:30 for us to register and allow us to leave at 9am prompt.  A packed lunch is required for all students in the event we arrive later than anticipated and the canteen service has finished.  Students will be returning to school and attending their last lesson which is PE for 3 teaching groups. 

Students who are not joining us have been issued a temporary Timetable for tomorrow Periods 1 to 4 only.  If they have lost this timetable a spare copy is available at Pupil Reception.


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:  pta@dphs-tkat.org

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 - all of Year 11 are in school to do their English speaking and listening and Year 13 students that study Sociology, Business Studies, Psychology and Art in school 

5th January - Year 11 Parents' Consultation Day - only Year 11 (appointments only)  and Year 13 students that study Sociology, Business Studies, Psychology and Art in school 

8th January - all students return to school as normal (Week 2)


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 pta@dphs-tkat.org if you would like further information.