Under 11s - Applying for primary, junior and middle schools in 2020

Published: 30 Oct 2019

The process for applying to primary, junior and middle schools in Hertfordshire opens Monday 4 November.

If your child is due to start primary school or move on to a junior or middle school next year make sure you apply for a place in good time.

The easiest way to apply for a school place for September 2020 is to visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions and complete the online application form. Online applications can be amended at any time up to the closing date you can access your school offer before allocation letters are received and accept your school allocation online.

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

Jenny Coles, Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said: “Our aim is to ensure every child in Hertfordshire has a good start in life with a place at their preferred school with additional support provided where needed. Last year nearly 98 per cent of children in Hertfordshire were allocated one of their four ranked primary, junior or middle schools.


“Despite our best efforts, we can’t always guarantee parental preference. I would urge parents/carers to carefully consider the schools they rank, to make realistic preferences and to visit local schools before applying.”

A leaflet explaining how to apply will be distributed to families at the beginning of November. They will be posted directly to families with children of reception age and distributed by schools to children in year two in infant schools and year four in first schools.

The closing date for Under 11s applications is Wednesday 15 January 2020. It is vital that parents/carers make their applications on time.

All the information you need about the Under 11s process is available on www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions

Parents/carers without internet access can request a paper application form from the Customer Service Centre (0300 123 4043) that must be returned direct to the Admissions and Transport team. Application forms cannot be returned to any Hertfordshire school.