Secondary school applications for September 2021 now open in Dacorum

The new school year may just be about to start but it’s already time for parents and carers in Dacorum to start planning ahead for next year.

Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 11:19 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 11:22 am

While Hertfordshire County Council is busy working with all schools to ensure that children and young people can return to education as safely as possible, the application process for secondary schools opens today (Tuesday 1 September).

If your child starts secondary, upper or university technical college next year, make sure you apply for a place in good time.

The easiest way to apply for a school place for September 2021 is to visit and complete the online application form.

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Online applications can be amended at any time before the closing date and you can access your school offer before allocation letters are received and accept your school allocation online.

Last year, 99 per cent of parents applied in this way and found the system quick, easy and secure.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Hertfordshire secondary schools provide an excellent education to thousands of pupils and we understand that parents and carers will want to obtain a place at their preferred school for their children.

“We work very hard with the admitting authorities of schools to satisfy parental preference wherever possible. Last year over 95 per cent of children in Hertfordshire were allocated one of their four ranked schools.

“All secondary schools will have open events, whether these are virtual tours or socially distanced school visits. I would urge parents to check the arrangements to view their local schools before applying, consider carefully which schools they rank and to make realistic preferences.”

Leaflets explaining the secondary transfer process will be distributed to families through their child’s primary, junior or middle school at the beginning of September.

The closing date for secondary applications is Saturday 31 October 2020 and it is vital that parents make their applications on time.