Hertfordshire secondary school places revealed tonight

NEARLY 95 per cent of Hertfordshire children have been allocated a place at one of their three preferred secondary schools.

Most parents and carers will be able to access their secondary transfer allocation information this evening (Thursday).

Allocation emails will be sent, after 6pm, to parents who have confirmed their email address (over 90 per cent of parents).

Over 97 per cent of parents applied online and the online allocation system will be available for all online applicants later this evening after allocation emails have been despatched. The website is: www.hertsdirect.org/admissions

The county council will only be sending allocation letters to parents and carers who applied on paper or who were not successful in obtaining a place at their first ranked school.

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Parents and carers who applied online will be able to accept the school place offered online, as well as pursuing a continuing interest place and lodge an appeal.

This year 11,901 children in the county have been allocated one of their ranked schools, a success rate of 94.7 per cent, despite an increase in the number of applicants. Some 79.13 per cent of children gained a place at their first ranked school.

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Frances Button, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “We all want the best possible education for children in Hertfordshire and the county has excellent schools.

“I do appreciate that some parents may be disappointed with the school they have been allocated, but would encourage them to visit the school and speak to the headteacher before dismissing the offered place. They may be pleasantly surprised by what they see.”

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