Under 11s school places for 2017

This year over 96 per cent of Hertfordshire children have been allocated a place at one of their preferred primary schools.

Of the 14,727 applications for reception places received for Hertfordshire children, 14,188 have been allocated a ranked primary school. Of these 84.99 per cent (12,516) were allocated their first ranked school – compared to 82.09 per cent last year.

Taking into account allocations to junior and middle schools, nearly 18,000 Hertfordshire families will be informed of their offer of a school place today or tomorrow.

Parents and carers in Hertfordshire who have registered an email address will be sent their allocations from 4pm today (Tuesday 18 April). Allocation information will then be made available online at http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/primaryoptions

Applicants who have not been offered their first preference school will automatically be placed on the continuing interest list for any schools named higher on their application form than the school offered.

An extra 60 reception places will be made available through the continuing interest process to ensure local demand for places can be met.  Parents can consider making a new application to either of the two schools offering additional places.

Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services said: “We want all children to have access to a good education so they can reach their full potential, with the right number of school places in the right location, so I’m delighted that the vast majority of children have been allocated one of their ranked schools.

“This is a significant challenge given there are 10,000 more children under the age of four in Hertfordshire today than a decade ago. However, we are committed to ensuring that where the county’s population grows we build the appropriate infrastructure and have spent more than £200m since 2010 to provide more than 3,800 additional reception places.

"We are working alongside free schools and academies to attract extra funding for more school places where they are most needed.”

All parents and carers offered a school place must respond by 2 May 2017. Parents who applied online should also accept the school place offered online. Families are advised to visit the school they have been offered before deciding whether to accept or decline the place. If a response is not received the offered place may be withdrawn.

Those children currently not allocated a school place should be offered one at the first run of continuing interest in the week commencing 19 May 2017.

The deadline to submit an appeal is 4pm on 19 May 2017. Information concerning post allocation processes, including school summary reports, is available at http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/primaryoptions