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Hertfordshire County Council

Research a school

A little research can help you make the right school preferences for your child.

The Hertfordshire schools directory lists all schools, together with:

  • each school's admission rules (how places are allocated)
  • how places were allocated in previous years
  • dates for upcoming open events to visit the school
  • Ofsted and performance ratings.


Think about:

Take a look at new schools opening and additional places.

  • Do make time to visit the school.
  • Do talk to the headteacher about your child.
  • Don't think that good exam results are the only important thing.
  • Don't judge a school by what others say – go and see it for yourself.

Types of school

From maintained schools to academies, junior schools to upper schools, read up about the different types of school in Hertfordshire.