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.

Applications for September 2024

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

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.

The process for joining us in any year group is similar to our Year 7 procedures.  Parents/carers complete an online admission form and are invited into Ashlyns for a meeting with the relevant Head of Year.

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

School Admission Appeals and Timetable

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.

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 2024 entry – Appeals resulting from Secondary Transfer applications for admission in September 2024 should be lodged by the submission deadline of 4.00pm on 28 March 2024.  Appeals will be heard between 2 May and 17 June 2024 (excluding 6 May, 27 May to 31 May 2024).

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

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 7 working days in advance of the hearing.

Additional Supporting Information

If an appellant wishes to submit any supporting evidence after lodging an appeal, they will need to get that to the Appeals Team at least 7 working days before their hearing, (not counting the day of postage or the hearing date).

Please remember that any confidential medical/social evidence submitted to the Admission Authority in support of your application will not be provided to an appeal panel.  If you wish to rely on this in support of your appeal you will need to submit this documentation to the Appeals Team.

If the appellant has a short document (like a doctor’s letter which was not previously available), this will be accepted up to 4 working days before the hearing.  Any additional evidence received after this deadline will not be circulated and the panel may not accept any additional information taken to 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 the Hertfordshire County Council Customer Service Centre. The admissions team is there to help you, offering up-to-date and accurate information with a free and confidential service.