Potters Bar is Hertfordshire’s worst town for primary school allocations

PUBLISHED: 18:25 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:42 19 April 2017

Darkes Lane, Potters Bar.

Darkes Lane, Potters Bar.


Potters Bar had the worst rate in Hertfordshire for primary school allocations after yesterday’s (Tuesday) placements were revealed, sparking fears that the town is facing a crisis.

Following research by the Potters Bar Edition, it emerged that of 130 areas in Hertfordshire, Potters Bar had the worst rate, with only 85.77 per cent of 246 applicants being allocated a ranked school.

The only area with a worse rate was Aspenden (66.67 per cent), which had just three applicants, while the amount across Hertfordshire was 96 per cent.

Hertsmere as a whole also had the worst ranked allocation rate of the county’s boroughs with 93.4 per cent.

A Southgate Road resident said he was furious with the situation, after unsuccessfully applying to get his son into Cranborne, Ladbrooke JMI, Little Heath and Hadley Wood.

He said: “Within Potters Bar there is a significant allocation issue for primary school places and I want to know why this is, and how and when the county council will address it.

“Potters Bar stands out remarkably with only 85 per cent in Potters Bar getting a ranked school – 31 parents not being offered any ranked school at all.

“Looking across the county there are no other areas where less than 90 per cent of parents achieved a ranked school, and most are in the top end 90 per cents.

“Why has Potters Bar been neglected in terms of schools in this way? Why are such a disparate number not offered a ranked school in Potters Bar compared to the rest of the county?”

He called on the council to outline what is being done to bring the town into line with the rest of Hertfordshire.

County council response to follow.

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  • i would be VERY interested to see the demographics of who got places, against those who didn't. funny how HCC were caught unawares of how many child places were required for this, or any other year. what do you people do all day? whatever it is, you are not very good at it!

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