Posted: Monday 16th April 2018
This year nearly 97 per cent of Hertfordshire children have been allocated a place at one of their preferred primary schools.
Of the 14,389 applications for reception places received for Hertfordshire children, 13,938 have been allocated a ranked primary school. Of these 86 per cent (12,416) were allocated their first ranked school – compared under 85 per cent last year.
Taking into account allocations to junior and middle schools, over 17,000 (17264) Hertfordshire families will be informed of their offer of a school place today or tomorrow.
Parents and carers in Hertfordshire who have confirmed their email address will be sent their allocation this afternoon (Monday 16 April). Allocation information will then be made available online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/primaryoptions
Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services said: “Starting primary or moving on to junior and middle school is an important step and we work extremely hard to make the applications and allocation process smooth and straightforward. We want all children to have access to a good education so they can reach their full potential, with the right number of school places in the right location, so I’m delighted that the vast majority of children have been allocated one of their ranked schools.
“While I appreciate that a small number of parents may be disappointed with the school they have been allocated, I would encourage them to visit the school and speak to the headteacher before dismissing the offered place. They may be pleasantly surprised by what they see.”
All applicants who have not been offered their first preference school will automatically be placed on the continuing interest list for any Hertfordshire schools named higher on their application form than the school offered.
All new applications for continuing interest must be made to Hertfordshire County Council for families living in Hertfordshire.
School places must be accepted by 30 April 2018. This is also the last date to 'opt out' of continuing interest. The deadline to submit an appeal
is 4pm on 18 May 2018. Further information concerning post allocation processes is available online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/primaryoptions