Avanti Grange Secondary School, Bishop's Stortford

Avanti Grange Secondary School, the brand new secondary school being developed in Bishop’s Stortford North, has received final approval from the Department for Education and will open as planned in September 2022. The new building will cater for 180 students from September 2023. However, the school is planning to open temporarily on the site of Avanti Meadows Primary School in September 2022 with spaces for 120 children.

Applications made to the school will be considered and 120 places will be offered on 1 March 2022, in line with the school admission arrangements. If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place and / or you would like to apply for a place for September, you must make an application direct to your home local authority. If you live in Hertfordshire, visit Avanti Grange Secondary School for further information about how to make an application.


The Watford University Technical College (UTC)

The Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed that The Watford University Technical College will not open to Year 7’s in September 2022 as planned. However, the UTC will continue to admit children to Year 10 and above. Updates regarding future plans for the UTC will be published on the schools directory and UTC website when available.


Buntingford First School

Buntingford First School is a brand new school planned to open in the south of Buntingford in September 2023 which will initially offer 30 Reception places alongside a nursery class and will also offer places in Year 1 to Year 4 to meet any in-year local demand.  The county council is working with the Scholars Education Trust who will run the school and are excited about the opportunity to add to the excellent education offer already available in the town. The school was originally planned to open this September but delays in the planning process mean that the school will now open in its brand new buildings in September 2023. 

Buntingford First will be a pilot to achieve the first fully net zero carbon school in the county, in line with county council’s carbon neutral ambitions. 

Prospective parents will be able to apply for a place at the new school through the standard admissions process at Hertfordshire online admissions. The new school will be open to pupils across all other year groups from September 2023 – parents will be able to make an in year application for a place in years 1-4 in the summer term prior to opening.