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Applying for a School Place

Ashlyns School is a Foundation Co-educational all ability Secondary School for children from the age of 11+. The school number for admissions is 240 places, or such numbers as may be agreed by the Governors.

It is important that, before making any decisions about secondary schools, you visit the school and have the opportunity to discuss provision and opportunities with the staff and current students.

To facilitate this decision making, we hold an open evening in October, when students and parents/carers have the opportunity to view the school, talk to staff and current students as well as gain a flavour of the atmosphere and ethos of the school.

In addition, we run regular tours during the day by appointment so parents and students can see the school ‘in session’ and see a normal school day in action.


(Order of priority in the event of oversubscription)
Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the governing bodies of all maintained schools to admit a child with a statement of special educational needs that names their school. Schools must also admit children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school.

Rule 1
Children looked after and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangement order or a special guardianship order).

Rule 2
Medical or social needs: Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to Ashlyns School.  A panel of officers at the Local Authority will determine whether the professional evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The supporting information must relate specifically to the school, and must demonstrate why it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.

Rule 3
Sibling: Children who have a sibling at the school in Year 7 to 12 at the time of application.

Rule 4
Children of staff: The school will admit a child of a member of staff provided that the member of staff has been employed by the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Rule 5
Children who live in the priority area and for whom it is their nearest Hertfordshire maintained, non-faith, co-educational, non-partially selective school or academy.

Rule 6
Children who live in the priority area on the basis of distance, with those living nearest to the school given priority.

Rule 7
Children living outside the priority area on the basis of distance, with those living nearest to the school given priority.

These rules are applied in the order they are printed above. If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule to those children. In the case of two applicants with exactly the same priority under the admissions rules, but only one place being available, the Governing Body will offer places to both families.

If there are fewer applications than places available all applicants will be offered a place.


Going to a new school is a very important step for your child. Applications to join Ashlyns School are dealt with by Hertfordshire County Council. The information below is intended to assist you through the application and allocation process. Please visit:


In year applications are where children wish to change school outside the usual transfer period. We are delighted to welcome students into all year groups if we have places available. 

Applications are dealt with by Hertfordshire County Council. More information about the process for applying can be found on the In Year pages using the link:

The Council aims to process In Year applications within 10 working days of receipt, although at busy times  of the year please allow 15 working days.

Following a scheduled tour of the school, and receipt of the in year admission documentation, the process for joining us in any year group is similar to our Year 7 procedures. Students’ current schools are contacted for information and the school office at Ashlyns makes arrangements for admission paperwork to be completed and uniform to be ordered.

Students are allocated a form group and given a buddy to help them settle into our community. The teaching groups they are placed in are dependent upon their ability and current class sizes.


For Secondary Transfer Appeals, Hertfordshire parents can access the online system via their admissions account.  Parents who live out-of-county should use the appeals online system and will need to contact the Hertfordshire County Council Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 in order to obtain their registration details to gain access.

September 2020 entry – Appeals resulting from Secondary Transfer applications for admission in September 2020 must be lodged by 4pm on 3 April 2020.  These appeals will be heard between 5 May and 19 June 2020 (excluding 25 to 29 May).

Appeals lodged after this date will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

For In Year appeals, all parents should use the appeals online system.  These appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.

Appellants will be sent a copy of the school’s case at least 7 clear working days in advance of the hearing.


If you appeal and you want to submit further evidence, which was not included with your initial appeal, you need to ensure this is received at least 7 working days in advance of your appeal (not including the day of postage or the hearing).

Any confidential medical or social evidence you submit when you apply for a school place will not be provided to an appeal panel. If you wish to rely on this in support of your appeal, you’ll need to submit this documentation to the Appeals team.

Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter which wasn’t previously available, will be accepted up to 4 working days before the hearing.

Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline may not be considered at the hearing.


Companies that offer admissions advice are not endorsed by Hertfordshire County Council. Everything you need to know about applying for a school place can be found on the Hertfordshire County Council website. If you have any questions or need help with your child’s application for a school place you can call our Customer Service Centre. The admissions team is here to help you, offering up-to-date and accurate information with our free and confidential service.