Important dates – secondary school admissions

1 September 2020

Online system opens for you to apply online.

Sept / Oct 2020

Open events at schools. 

Find individual school details in the schools directory.

31 October 2020

Deadline to apply for a school place.

4 December 2020

  • 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.
  • Last date to submit a change of preferences as a result of test results received after 31 October 2020.

1 February 2021

Applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the week of
26 – 30 April 2021.

1 March 2021

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.

1 – 15 March 2021

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.

1 – 8 March 2021

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 1 March 2021.

15 March 2021

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.

22 – 26 March 2021

First continuing interest run.

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

26 March 2021

Last date to register an appeal.

29 March – 8 April 2021

Continuing interest applications open again.

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

8 April 2021

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

26  – 30 April 2021

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.

29 April - 14 June

School place appeals take place during this period (excluding 31 May - 3 June).

May – July 2021

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

25 June 2021

Continuing interest lists (waiting lists) for Year 9 (upper school) and Year 10 (studio school or university technical college) close on 24 June 2021.

To retain your continuing interest for a Hertfordshire upper or studio school or UTC, you will need to make an in year application from 25 June 2021.

23 July 2021

Continuing interest lists for Year 7 (secondary school) close on 22 July 2021.

To retain your continuing interest for a Hertfordshire secondary school you will need to make an in year application from 23 July 2021.