Under 11s school places announced for 2019

Published: 16 Apr 2019


Over 97 percent of Hertfordshire children have been allocated a place at one of their preferred primary schools.


Of the 14,379 applications for reception places received for Hertfordshire children, 13,990 have been allocated a ranked primary school. Of these over 86 per cent (12,371) were allocated their first ranked school.


Taking into account allocations to junior and middle schools, over 17,000 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 allocations this afternoon (Tuesday 16 April). Allocation information will then be made available online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/primaryoptions


Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Starting Primary school is an important step and we want all children to have access to a good education so they can reach their full potential.

Given the significant growth in primary school population over the last decade, we have been committed to ensuring that we have the right number of school places in the right locations. We have committed more than £200m since 2010 to provide more than 4,000 additional reception places.

With the vast majority of children being allocated one of their ranked schools, we are taking the steps needed to meet this considerable challenge. We are also working alongside free schools and academies to attract extra funding for more school places where they are most needed.

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 the 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 2019. This is also the last date to 'opt out' of continuing interest. The deadline to submit an appeal is 4pm on 22 May 2019. Further information concerning post allocation processes is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/primaryoptions