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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 210 places, or such numbers as may be agreed by the Governors.

Admissions Criteria 2016/17

(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.

Rule 1
Children in public care (children looked after) and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or a special guardianship order).

Rule 2
Medical or Social: Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the 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: Children who have a sibling at the school 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 who live in the priority area for whom it is their nearest Hertfordshire maintained school or academy that is non-faith, co-educational and non-partially selective. Note: Non-partially selective means that the school does not offer any places based on academic ability.

Rule 5
Children who live in the priority area who live nearest to the school.

Rule 6
Children living outside the priority area and for whom it is their nearest maintained school or academy that is non-faith, co-educational and non- partially selective.

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. Where there is a need for a tie-breaker where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be random.

In Year Admissions
Places will be allocated in accordance with the above oversubscription criteria with the following exception:

Siblings: Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of application who will still be on roll at the time of admission.

Applications for September 2017

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.

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In Year Applications

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 this busy time of year please allow 15 working days.

School Admission Appeals Timetable 2017

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

September 2017 entry – Appeals resulting from Secondary Transfer and Under 11 applications for admission in September 2017 must be lodged by 4pm on 31 March 2017.

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.

Appeals Timetable 2017

Additional supporting information

If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence, which was not included with their initial appeal, they should ensure this is received at least 7 clear working days (not counting the day of postage or the hearing) in advance of your appeal.

Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter not previously available, will be accepted up to 4 clear working days prior to the hearing. Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing.


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