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

As we were unable to invite Year 5 and 6 students to join us at an Open Evening as usual in September 2020, due to Covid restrictions, we commissioned a video instead, to try to give primary students an insight into what life is like for students at HDHS. 

Please take a few minutes to watch this video here:  

Primary Transition Days 6th and 7th July 2021

We are delighted to inform you that we are able to proceed with transition visits on the 6th and 7th July 2021.  The timetable and further details can be found here:  Transition Days July 2021

You can also find more information in the Transition section of this page.


How To Apply

Harwich and Dovercourt High School’s Admissions policies for the year of entry can be viewed by clicking below.

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.

Mid-year Applications

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.

Mid Year Application Form

Free School Meals

To apply for Free School Meals please follow this link:  FSM Application Form

Sixth Form

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