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What can you do after you've been offered a primary school place?

Accept or reject the offer

27 June – was the deadline to accept or reject your offer from the second round of continuing interest.

If you still need to respond to an offer, email your response with your child's full name and date of birth to transfer.admissions@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Alternatively, complete and return the allocation response form.

 

We recommend that you accept your offer – even if it's not your highest preference. This will ensure your child has a school place for September.

This won't affect your chances of getting one of your higher preference schools, either on the continuing interest list (waiting list) for a particular school, or through a school place appeal.

If you reject the place offered, you must tell us what alternative education provision you'll be making for your child.

If you don't accept or reject the school place, we may offer your place to another child. You will then be offered a place at the nearest school that still has places available.

Opting out

If you're happy with the school you've been allocated and you don't want to pursue a place at any higher preference school, you must opt out, otherwise you risk losing your existing school place.

The deadline for opting out online has now passed (30 April) so if you still wish to opt out, email transfer.admissions@hertfordshire.gov.uk with your child's name, date of birth and the name of the school continuing interest list(s) you wish to opt out of.

If you are satisfied with your offer but you don't opt out of continuing interest, and you are offered a place at a higher preference school, your existing place will automatically be offered to another child.

 

Continuing interest – re-allocating school places

The continuing interest process is how we re-allocate school places that have been rejected. We do this in 2 countywide "runs".

You can have up to 4 preferences at continuing interest, including academies, community, voluntary aided and foundation schools, either in or outside Hertfordshire.

Your continuing interest preferences will overwrite your initial preferences, so you must include any schools you initially applied to that you still wish to be considered for.

 

Schools whose allocations are administered by us

If you are not initially offered your highest preference school, you are automatically added to the continuing interest list (waiting list) for any higher preference schools in Hertfordshire.

For example, if you were offered your 3rd preference school, you will be considered for any places available at your 1st and 2nd preference schools.

For schools outside of Hertfordshire, you must check with them direct whether you've been automatically added to their continuing interest list.

Academies, voluntary aided and foundation schools

Most of these schools create their own continuing interest list of children who included them in their school preferences, but did not get a place.

Contact schools direct for further details of their continuing interest process. Find school contact details

These schools make their own decisions at continuing interest, but we offer continuing interest places on their behalf.

If you'd like to apply for a place at an academy, voluntary aided or foundation school that you didn't initially rank, you need to make a new application.

 

First run of continuing interest


22 April 2019 – was the deadline for any changes to your preferences to be included in this first run.

13–17 May 2019 – the first continuing interest run took place.

If you change your application...

If you make a new application, it will overwrite your existing application.

Make sure you include any schools from your original application that you still wish to be considered for.

Most schools will only consider existing applications at the first continuing interest run (the preferences you made on your initial application). For example, if you were offered your 3rd preference school, you'll be considered for any places available at your 1st and 2nd preference schools.

However, the following Hertfordshire schools will also accept new applications at the first run of continuing interest:

Hertfordshire schools accepting new applications at the first run of continuing interest

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TownSchoolCode
Albury Albury Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School 9193303
Baldock St John's Catholic Primary and Nursery School 9193413
Barkway Barkway C of E (VA) First School 9193308
Barley Barley (VA) First School 9193006
Bishops Stortford All Saints CE Primary School and Nursery 9193393
Bishops Stortford St Joseph's Catholic Primary School 9193318
Datchworth All Saints C of E (VA) Primary School 9193329
Elstree St Nicholas Elstree C of E VA Primary School 9193333
Great Gaddesden Great Gaddesden C of E Primary School 9193335
Hertford St Joseph's Catholic Primary School 9193341
High Cross Puller Memorial C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School 9193366
North Mymms St Mary's Church of England VA Primary School 9193976
Offley Offley Endowed Primary School 9193357
Puckeridge St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School 9193367
Royston St Mary's Catholic Primary School 9195200
South Mymms St Giles' C of E Primary School 9195204
South Oxhey St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School 9193383
Park Street Park Street CofE Primary School and Nursery 9193364
St Albans St Alban and St Stephen RC Junior School 9193421
St Albans St John Fisher Catholic Primary School 9193403
Stevenage Ardeley St Lawrence C of E VA Primary School 9193306
Stevenage St Margaret Clitherow RC Primary School 9193397
Waltham Cross St Cross Primary School 9193408
Watford St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School 9195211
Watford St John’s Church of England Primary School 9192051
Welwyn Garden City Holy Family School 9193404
Woolmer Green St. Michael's Woolmer Green 9193378

If a place becomes available and your child is first on the continuing interest list, the place will be automatically allocated to you – we'll let you know by email or letter (we can't tell you over the phone). Your previous offer will be automatically withdrawn. We won't write to you if you've been unsuccessful.

If you are unsuccessful after the first continuing interest run, you can log in to the admissions system to check your child’s position on continuing interest lists after 20 May 2019. We can’t give you this information over the phone.

 

Second (and final) run of continuing interest


17–21 June 2019 – the second continuing interest run.

All Hertfordshire schools will accept new applications at this stage.

20–28 May 2019 – was the deadline for any changes to your preferences to be included in this second run.

If you change your application...

If you make a new application, it will overwrite your existing application.

Make sure you include any schools from your original application that you still wish to be considered for.

 

Log in to the admissions system to amend your preferences.

We'll contact you with your new offer of a school place, if you're successful at this stage.

If you're unsuccessful after the second continuing interest run, you can log in to the admissions system to check your child’s position on continuing interest lists on Monday 24 June 2019. We can’t give you this information over the phone.
 

After the second continuing interest run

After the second run of continuing interest, places will be allocated as and when vacancies occur until the end of the summer term (we'll confirm the exact date nearer the time).

You can continue to check your child's position on the continuing interest list. We'll regularly update this information until continuing interest lists close at the end of the summer term.

If you haven't been successful at continuing interest and you still want your child to be considered for a place after the end of the summer term, you'll need to make an in year application at that time.

Changing your address for continuing interest

To change your address for continuing interest, provide us with proof of address by:

  • 22 April 2019 (first run of continuing interest)

  • 28 May 2019 (second run of continuing interest).


Suitable proof of address is:

  • a letter from your solicitor confirming your completion date took place before the relevant date above, or

  • a signed rental agreement of at least 12 months showing the start of your tenancy on or before the relevant date above.


You must also provide proof that you and your child live permanently at the new address and you no longer have any residential ties to a previous address.

You can email the admissions team with your proof of address.

Rule 2 – exceptional medical and social reasons

We'll only consider applications under rule 2 (medical or social reasons) when you first apply for a school.

However, if your child's medical or social circumstances have changed a lot since your original application, you can apply under rule 2 at the continuing interest stage.

You'll need to tell us the change in circumstances and include relevant professional evidence.

To be considered for continuing interest, you need to provide us with your evidence by:

  • 22 April 2019 (for the first run of continuing interest)

  • 28 May 2019 (for the second run of continuing interest)

You can attach evidence to your online application or email the admissions team.


Application and allocation reports

Check how places were allocated at each of the schools or academies you applied for (where we administer their arrangements). 2 types of report are available:

Application and allocation statistic reports – these summarise the applications and allocations made to Hertfordshire schools. The data includes on-time and late applications for children living in and outside of Hertfordshire.


Allocation summary reports
– these show how each school's rules were applied and how many allocations were made under each rule. The report only contains information about schools and academies whose arrangements are administered by us.


Out of county schools
and Hertfordshire voluntary aided, foundation schools and academies that administer their own arrangements will be able to provide you with similar allocation information. Contact the school direct.

 

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