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The move to Secondary School can be an anxious time for students and their families. We at Harwich and Dovercourt High School strive to make this transition period as easy as possible.

This page contains information on applications, our prospectus, plus examples of the guides and documents you will receive at the Prospective Parents’ Evening.

Many opportunities are provided for prospective students and their families to visit the school, to see all the departments and take part in various activities. These dates are also available in the ‘Important Dates’ section below.

How To Apply

Harwich and Dovercourt High School has an Admissions policy which can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Admissions Policy 2020-2021

If your child attends an Essex maintained primary or junior school and is in Year 6, he/she will bring home from school the Secondary Education in Essex booklet and application form in September.

For mid -year applications, a Secondary mid-year application form needs to be completed and returned directly to your preferred school(s). A copy of the application form is available here, or can be requested from:

School Planning and Admissions, Essex County Council, P.O. Box 4261, Chelmsford CM1 1GS.

Tel: 0345 603 2200

Alternatively, a form can be downloaded from School Planning and Admissions website:

Full details of the mid year application process are provided in the mid year application form’s accompanying booklet which is available by clicking below.

MidYearApplicationForm.pdf (76 downloads)

For admissions to the Harwich and Dovercourt Sixth Form College please follow this link: Sixth Form Admissions

Important Dates

Each year traditionally towards the end of September, Harwich and Dovercourt High School opens its doors for one week to invite parents/carers of Year 5 and 6 students to visit the school.

We also usually organise a Year 6 Prospective Parents’ Evening in July each year where parents/carers can come in to school to hear key messages from the Headteacher and other members of staff that will play important roles in your child’s education.

Year 6 students are usually invited to visit the school for a Transition Day in July along with their Primary school classmates to take part in various taster lessons and activities.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we are unable to schedule these events at present, due to social distancing restrictions.

A copy of our Prospective Parents / Student Events for the Academic Year 2020-2021 will be added here if we are able to schedule these or offer alternatives in the coming months.


Please download a copy of the relevant prospectus using the links below:

HDHS Prospectus-2020-2021

HDHS Prospectus 2021-2022

Useful Documents

Consent Form booklet 2020-2027

School Uniform Guidelines September 2020

Students Welcome Booklet September 2020

Year 7 Parent Booklet September 2020

Application Form for Free School Meals