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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.

Admissions Arrangements Consultation

The Governors of Ashlyns are consulting on a change to our Admission Arrangements from September 2020. Details of the proposed admission arrangements can be found here.

We would be grateful if you could send any comments you have on these arrangements via email to or by post to Ashlyns School, Chesham Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 3AH. Responses should be sent no later than 6 January 2019. The Governors will be meeting after this date to determine these arrangements.


(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 will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to the school applied for under Rule 2 and must clearly demonstrate why it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.

Rule 3
Sibling: Sibling Children who have a sibling at the school in Year 7 to 12 at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age range of the school.

Note: the ‘normal age range’ is the designated range for which the school provides, for example Years 7 to 11 in a 11-16 secondary school, Years 7 to 13 in a 11-18 school.

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. 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:

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


In Year Appeals – Appeals resulting from In Year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

September 2019 entry – Appeals resulting from Secondary Transfer applications for admission in September 2019 must be lodged by 4pm on 29 March 2019.

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.

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 this 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.