Advice for Welwyn Hatfield parents applying for schools

Hertfordshire County Council is advising parents on applying for schools in 2017.

Hertfordshire County Council is advising parents on applying for schools in 2017. - Credit: Archant

The new school year may just be about to start but it’s already time for Welwyn Hatfield parents and carers to start planning ahead for 2017.

The application process for secondary schools (including upper schools and university technical colleges) opens this week on Thursday, September 1.

A Hertfordshire County Council spokesperson said: “If your child starts primary, or moves on to a junior, middle, secondary, upper or university technology college next year, make sure you apply for a place in good time.

“The easiest way to apply for a school place for September 2017 is to visit and complete the online application form.

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

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

The closing date for applications is October 31, 2016. It is vital that parents make their applications on time.

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Parents without Internet access can request a paper application form that must be returned direct to the admission and transport team. Application forms cannot be returned to primary schools.

The Under 11s application process (for applications to primary, junior and middle schools) opens on November 7, 2016, and the closing date is January 15, 2017. Information will be distributed in early November.

Parents are advised to check for any updates to the published admission arrangements or timescales, and for advice on where to find extra help about applying for places.