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-September-2020.pdf – 273 KB

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 – 1 MB

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 organise tours of the school so that you can see the school in action.

We 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 will also be 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.

To download a copy of our Prospective Parents / Student Events please click below:

Important-Dates-for-Parents-of-Year-5-6-Students.pdf – 239 KB


Please download a copy of our latest prospectus using the link below:

Prospectus-2020-2021.pdf – 9 MB

Useful Documents


Document Title Download Link
Application for Free School Meals On-line Application (via
Consent Forms Consent-Form-booklet-2019-2026.pdf – 244 KB
New Year 7 Student’s Welcome Booklet 2019-2020 New-Year-7-Students-Welcome-Booklet-2019-2020-1.pdf – 964 KB
New Year 7 Parent Booklet 2019-2020 New-Year-7-Parent-Booklet-2019-2020-1.pdf – 1 MB
Uniform Booklet 2019-2020 Uniform-booklet-2019-2020.pdf – 359 KB