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Year 7

Hertswood Academy will participate fully in the Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) coordinated admission scheme for all schools. Details of this scheme along with how to apply to Hertswood can be found on the HCC website and applicants should apply by the given deadline:


Admission Number

The number of intended admissions for September 2018 is 270. Students will be admitted at the age of 11 or after having completed National Curriculum Year 6.

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs

The school will meet its legal obligation to offer a place to a student who has a statement of special educational need that names the school in his or her statement. Students with statements are not admitted within the ordinary admissions process but count towards the school’s published admissions number.

Oversubscription Criteria

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children.
  2. Children with a sibling on the school's roll in years 7 to 10 at the time of application and who are reasonably expected to be on the school's roll in September 2018.
  3. Priority to children of staff employed to work at the school for two years or more or where the member of staff has been recruited to meet a demonstrable skills shortage
  4. Other children by distance from the school, with priority being given to those children who live nearest to the school. (If two children live the same distance from the school random allocation will be used as a tie break and this random allocation process will be independently supervised.) Distances are measured from the main entrance of the school to the main entrance of the child’s home using the home-school measurement system used by Hertfordshire County Council as outlined in the County's admission arrangements and application literature.

Tie Breaker

Distance (as defined by criterion 4 above) will be used as a tie breaker if required in criteria 1-3 above.

Multiple Births

The school, as the admission authority will admit over the school’s published admission number if necessary to admit all children in a multiple birth.

Waiting List

When children are not offered a place due to oversubscription, the child's name is automatically placed on the continuing interest list: which is administered by Hertfordshire County Council. Parents may choose to remove their child’s name from the list. Further information about this list is available from hertfordshire.gov.uk.
Names on the continuing interest list will be ranked according to the above criteria. Parents also have the right of appeal.

In Year Admissions

In year admissions are those which are outside the usual time for transfer to secondary school.
The school participates in the Hertfordshire in year co-ordination scheme. The school will make the decision about whether to offer a place but Hertfordshire will deal with the administrative arrangements. Further information is available from http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/admissions/adminfo/appinyear/
Any In Year application should be made using the Hertfordshire in year application form which is available on the above website.
The school will use the same oversubscription criteria as for admissions at the normal point of entry (see above).

Definitions of words used in this policy

“Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children”
A Looked After Child is a child who is

  • in the care of a local authority, or
  • being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (section 22(1) of The Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application

“A Previously Looked After Child” is a child who was look after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order

“Adopted” – means under the terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (section 46)

“Residence Order” – under the terms of the Children Act 1989, section 8 defines a residence order as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live

“Special guardianship order” – under 14A of The Children Act 1989, an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians.

Children who were not “looked after” immediately before being adopted, or made the subject of a residence order or special guardianship order will not benefit from the priority conferred by oversubscription criterion 1.

“Sibling” means the sister, half sister, adopted sister, or child of the parent/carer or partner, and in every case living in the same house from Monday to Friday. Where a place is obtained and the child admitted to the school and it is subsequently identified that this place was gained fraudulently, there will be no sibling priority available to subsequent children from that family.

“Staff member” means persons directly employed by the academy trust.

“Children of Staff” applies where the staff member is:

  • the child’s parent by blood or adoption, or have legal parental responsibility for the child, OR
  • cohabiting with one of the child’s parents or a carer who has legal parental responsibility for the child.

In either case the staff member and the child must live at the same address as the staff member for the majority of school nights (see home address below for a definition of school night).

“Home address”
The address provided should be the child’s current permanent address at the time of application. ‘At the time of application’ means the closing date for applications. Only one address can be used for the application. Where the child lives at more than one address then the address used for the application must be the on where the child spends the majority of school nights. A school night means Sunday night, Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Thursday night. If an address is disputed the address where child benefit/child tax credit is paid will be used. The school reserves the right to ask for reasonable proof of address in order to verify that the address given is accurate.