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Hertfordshire secondary school applications for September 2022 now open

The new school year has only just started, but it’s already time for parents and carers in Bishop's Stortford to start planning ahead for next year as the application process for transfer to secondary schools opened on Wednesday (September 1).

The easiest way to apply for a place for September 2022 is to visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions and complete the online form. Last year, over 99% of parents applied in this way and over 94% of children in Hertfordshire were allocated one of their four ranked schools.

Online applications can be amended at any time before the October 31 closing date, and you can access your school offer before allocation letters are received and accept your offer online.

Secondary school applications are open in Hertfordshire (50840456)
Secondary school applications are open in Hertfordshire (50840456)

Cllr Terry Douris, Hertfordshire County Council's cabinet member for education, said: “Hertfordshire secondary schools provide an excellent education to thousands of pupils and we understand that parents and carers will want to obtain a place at their preferred school for their children.

“All secondary schools will have open events, whether these are virtual tours or socially distanced school visits. I would urge parents to check the arrangements to view their local schools before applying, consider carefully which schools they rank and to make realistic preferences.”

Information explaining the secondary transfer process will be distributed to families through their child’s primary, junior or middle school at the start of September.

Before applying, parents and carers are strongly advised to read the information on the website thoroughly and, where possible, attend school open events to help them make their preferences. Information outlining all the secondary and upper open events is available online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/schoolsdirectory.

All the information about the secondary transfer process is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions.

Parents without internet access can request a paper application form that must be returned direct to the admissions and transport team. These can be obtained by calling the customer service centre on 0300 123 4043. Application forms should not be returned to schools.

The under-11s process for applications to primary, junior and middle schools opens on November 1 and the closing date is January 15. Information will be distributed to parents and carers in early November.

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