The Priory School is an oversubscribed 11-18 co-educational school that serves its local community. Hertfordshire Local Authority manages the transfer and entry to The Priory School. For details of both regular and in-year admissions, please see the information below and follow the links.
For further information contact Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) Children’s Services on 0300 123 4043.
Secondary Transfers for September 2022
The school participates in the HCC co-ordinated scheme for admissions. All deadlines within this scheme must be adhered to by applicants. HCC will make offers of places on behalf of the school.
Further information is available at http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions, including the rules for admission. On-time applications close on 31 October 2021.
Secondary allocation day is Monday 1st March 2022. If you applied online you will receive an email from HCC on this date. If you applied on paper then you will receive a letter in the post.
Accepting your place: if you are allocated The Priory School and wish to accept your place then you must do this either online or on the paper form provided by Monday 15th March 2021. Responses go directly to HCC and do not come back to the school. Continued interest: if you are not allocated The Priory School and it was ranked higher than the school you have been allocated then you will automatically be added to the continued interest list.
If you do not want to stay on this list then you must let the HCC Children’s Services team know immediately.
Year 6 to Year 7 Transition for 2021/22
We now have our final list of September 2022 intakes. All new students should have been contacted via email with a letter from both Mr Foster and Mr Edwards. Please contact the school if you have not received these communications.
TPS staff are now in the process of gathering important data and information about the new cohort. Parents will receive a Parent Guide and be asked to fill in a Google Form. Staff will also be visiting all feeder primary schools from the week beginning 23rd May. The Countywide transition day will be on 14th July. We also offer an extra morning for students coming from smaller schools or who don’t know anyone else coming, in order to help them settle in.
In the meantime families and new students might like to keep in touch with school activities. This is all done via our website (www.priory.herts.sch.uk) and our Twitter feed (@TPS_Hitchin). You can also have a look at our 360 tour – http://priorysch.uk/360 – and click on the icons in the tour to see some pictures and video clips of what life is like here.
In Year Admissions
All local authorities have a statutory duty to coordinate all in year admissions (primary and secondary) for all maintained schools and academies. This means that all applications for, and allocations of, in year places must be made via a child’s home local authority. All parents living in Hertfordshire who wish to make an in year application must apply online to HCC at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions and not by applying direct to schools. A paper application form can be requested from the Children Schools and Families Customer Service Centre, 0300 123 4043.
At transfer time, parents wishing to appeal who applied online should log into their online application and click on the link ‘register an appeal’. For those who did not apply online, please contact the Children Schools and Families Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 to request an appeal pack.
Further information on the appeals process is available at:
The Determined Admission Arrangements for 2021-2022 were reviewed and approved by the Governing Board. Any person or body who considers that any maintained school or academy’s arrangements are unlawful, or not in compliance with the Code or relevant law relating to admissions, can make an objection to the Schools Adjudicator. Any objector must provide their name and address to the Adjudicator when an objection is made.
Sixth Form Admissions
Our Sixth Form Open Evening for students wishing to join us in September 2022 will be held on 21st October 2021 (tbc). For more information please visit the Hitchin Consortium website: https://sites.google.com/hgs.herts.sch.uk/hitchin-consortium/home.