Admissions

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

Thank you for taking the time to explore our website and consider our school for your child for September 2022. Applications for secondary school must be completed by 31st October and you can apply through Hertfordshire County Council here:

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/school-admissions/secondary-and-upper-schools/secondary-and-upper-school-places.aspx

Last year we adapted our open event offering in light of the pandemic and we have decided that the most appropriate approach is again to offer parents and Year 6s a live Google Meet virtual event and the opportunity to come in to the school for morning tours. We will not therefore be having a traditional Open Evening on Thursday 7th October – we believe that in the current covid climate it is best to avoid a very busy and crowded school. Our virtual event last year was hugely successful and comments from parents included:

“The videos, the range of presentations and also the students who hosted our call really were all excellent. Thank you for engaging and exciting my ten-year-old son who was able to confidently put The Priory as his first choice secondary school.”

“I just wanted to say that the virtual open evening was really well put together and very professional, we all enjoyed it and all the videos have given us a great insight into school life at The Priory.”

The Google Meet event is an opportunity for you to meet two of our students who will guide you through their experience of life at TPS and what the school can offer your child. Each meeting will be together with a small number of other families and there will be a chance for you to ask lots of questions. To sign up for one of these sessions, please follow this link to our digital prospectus – https://yourpriory.school/ – and scroll to the bottom of the page.

You also have the chance to visit the school through our Open Morning Tours. These will run from 9am to 11am from 12th to  18th October. To sign up for a tour with your child, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2021-priory-school-tours-for-year-6-tickets-170434333680

In the meantime, you can keep in touch with school developments 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.

Appeals

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:

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/school-admissions/school-appeals/school-appeals.aspx

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.

The Priory School Admissions Policy

Admissions Arrangements 2022