Secondary school applications for 2020

Published: 02 Sep 2019

The new school year may just be about to start but Hertfordshire County Council is reminding parents and carers to start planning ahead for next year.

The application process for secondary schools (including upper schools and university technical colleges) opens this week, Monday 2 September.

Parents or carers of children starting secondary school in September 2020 should make sure they apply for a place in good time. The easiest way to apply is to visit and complete the online application form.

Online applications can be amended any time before the closing date and applicants can access their school offer before allocation letters are received and accept their school allocation online.

Last year, 99 per cent of parents applied this way and found the system quick, easy and secure.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Hertfordshire secondary schools provide an excellent education to thousands of pupils and we understand how important it is for parents and carers to secure their child’s preferred school. This is why we work extremely hard to satisfy parental preference, though we are not always able to completely achieve this.

“Last year 99 per cent of applications were made online and nearly 95 per cent of children in Hertfordshire were allocated one of their ranked secondary or upper schools.

“All secondary schools have open events and I would urge parents to visit local schools before applying, consider carefully what schools they rank and to make realistic preferences.”

Leaflets explaining the secondary transfer process will be distributed to families through their child’s primary, junior or middle school at the beginning of September.

Before making an application, parents and carers are strongly advised to visit schools and attend the information evenings to help them make their preferences. Leaflets outlining all the secondary and upper school open evenings were distributed in July but the information is also available on the online school directory at

The closing date for secondary applications is Thursday 31 October 2019 and it is vital that parents make their applications on time.

All the information they need about the secondary transfer process is available at

Parents without internet access can request a paper application form that must be returned direct to the Admissions and Transport team. Application forms cannot be returned to primary or secondary schools.