Important dates – secondary school admissions

2 September 2019

Online system opens for you to apply online.

Sept / Oct 2019

Open events at schools. 

Find individual school details in the schools directory.

31 October 2019

Deadline to apply for a school place.

4 December 2019

  • Last date to submit a written explanation giving reasons why your application was late, for your application to be agreed as ‘on time’.
  • If you move house, this is the last date for you to provide evidence of your new address and for it to be considered ‘on time’ in the allocation process.

31 January 2020

Applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the week of
27 April – 1 May 2020.

2 March 2020

National allocation day

We will email you the school you've been allocated, if you applied online and confirmed your email address.

The online allocation system will be updated with allocations and be made available only after allocation emails have been sent.

Notification letters will be posted first class only to parents or carers who applied on paper.

If you applied online, you can use online facilities including opting out, making a new application and submitting an appeal.

2 – 16 March 2020

Continuing interest lists are created.

Applicants that didn't get any higher preference schools will automatically go on the list for those schools.

Parents or carers should confirm this with schools responsible for their own admissions.

Email transfer.admissions@hertfordshire.gov.uk if you don't want your child to remain on continuing interest lists.

2 – 9 March 2020

Continuing interest applications open.

You can add new preferences for some Hertfordshire schools for the first continuing interest run. Information will be available online from 2 March 2020.

16 March 2020

Last date to accept the place offered.

Online applicants should accept the place online.

Paper applicants should return their response form to the Admissions and Transport Team.

23 – 27 March 2020

First continuing interest run.

We'll contact you with an offer of a new school place, if you're successful.

30 March – 9 April 2020

Continuing interest applications open again.

You can add new school preferences for all schools for the second run of continuing interest.

3 April 2020

Last date to register an appeal.

9 April 2020

Last date to register a change of preferences or for new applications to be added for the second continuing interest run.

27 April – 1 May 2020

Second (and final) continuing interest run.

We'll contact you with an offer of a new school place, if you're successful at the second continuing interest run.

May – July 2020

If school vacancies occur, places will be filled from remaining continuing interest lists.

5 May - 19 June 2020

School place appeals take place during this period (excluding 25 - 29 May).

26 June 2020

Continuing interest lists (waiting lists) for Year 9 (upper school) and Year 10 (studio school or university technical college) close on 25 June 2020.

To retain your continuing interest for a Hertfordshire upper or studio school or UTC, you will need to make an in year application from 26 June 2020.

22 July 2020

Continuing interest lists for Year 7 (secondary school) close on 21 July 2020.

To retain your continuing interest for a Hertfordshire secondary school you will need to make an in year application from 22 July 2020.