Important dates – secondary school admissions

1 September 2021

Online system opens for you to apply online.

Sept / Oct 2021

Open events at schools. 

Find individual school details in the schools directory.

31 October 2021

Deadline to apply for a school place.

3 December 2021

  • 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 2022

Applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the week of
25 – 29 April 2022.

1 March 2022

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 2022

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.

1 – 8 March 2022

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 2022.

15 March 2022

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.

21 – 25 March 2022

First continuing interest run.

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

1 April 2022 (4pm)

Last date to register an appeal.

28 March – 8 April 2022

Continuing interest applications open again.

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

8 April 2022

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

25  – 29 April 2022

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.

6 May - 21 June 2022

School place appeals take place during this period (excluding 30 May - 3 June 2022).

May – July 2022

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

24 June 2022

Continuing interest lists (waiting lists) for Year 9 (upper school) and Year 10 (studio school or university technical college) close on 23 June 2022.

To retain your continuing interest for a Hertfordshire upper or studio school or UTC, you will need to make an in year application from 24 June 2022.

22 July 2022

Continuing interest lists for Year 7 (secondary school) close on 21 July 2022.

To retain your continuing interest for a Hertfordshire secondary school you will need to make an in year application from 22 July 2022.