HCC Admissions procedures
The school follows Hertfordshire County Council's admission procedures.
In summary, the rules for community and voluntary-controlled first, infant, primary, junior and middle schools are as follows:
Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the governing bodies of all maintained schools to admit a child with a statement of special educational needs that names their school.
Rule 1 Children in public care (children looked after).
Rule 2 Medical or Social: Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school.
A panel of officers will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to the school applied for under Rule 2 and must clearly demonstrate why it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.
Rule 3 Linked School: In the case of junior schools, children who attend the linked infant school at the time of their application.
This rule only applies to pupils who are currently attending an infant school which has a linked junior school.
Rule 4 Sibling: Children who have a sibling on the roll of the school or linked school at the time of application.
This applies to reception through to Year 5 in infant, junior and primary schools; and from reception through to Year 3 in first schools; and from Year 5 to Year 7 in middle schools.
Rule 5 Nearest School: Children for whom it is their nearest community or voluntary-controlled school.
For Infant class entry if more children qualify under Rule 5 than places available, priority will be given first to twins/multiple births and then to those who live nearest to the school.
For all other years (not subject to KS1 legislation) it will be those nearest to the school.
Rule 6 Distance: Children who live nearest to the school.
If your child does not qualify under Rule 5, they will be considered under Rule 6.
These rules are applied in the order that they are printed above. If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tie break will be used by applying the next rule to those children. If more children qualify under rule 6 than there are places available, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the school. Where there is a need for a tie-breaker where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example, the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be random.