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 2022

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:

Consultation on proposed Admission Arrangements for 2023-24

Ashlyns School will be consulting on its admission arrangements for 2023-24 from 1 November to 12 December 2021.

The proposed admission arrangements can be viewed HERE; they have been designed to ensure children living in the parishes of Berkhamsted and Northchurch are able to secure a place at their local school.

The Governors of Ashlyns School will determine the admission arrangements for 2023-24 by 28 February 2022.

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 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 2022 entry – Appeals resulting from Secondary Transfer applications for admission in September 2022 should be lodged by the submission deadline in March 2022 (date and time to be confirmed).

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.

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.


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.