Admissions

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.

Applications for September 2021

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:

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/school-admissions/school-admissions-and-transport.aspx

In Year Applications

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:

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/school-admissions/in-year-admissions-change-schools-during-the-year/in-year-admissions-change-school-during-the-year.aspx

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.

School Admission Appeals and Timetable 2021

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 2021 entry – Appeals resulting from Secondary Transfer applications for admission in September 2021 (key dates to be provided shortly).

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.

Additional Supporting Information

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.

Disclaimer

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.