Confidential Access

Admissions to the School

Admissions arrangements consultation for September 2019 Entry: Addition of cross-sibling rule with Richard Hale School

Presdales School received 26 responses to the consultation. Fifteen responses were in favour, 8 against and 3 did not state their preference either way.

Hertfordshire County Council also provided feedback on our proposal and indicated that they would refer us to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator, as in their view our proposed change to the admissions arrangements could contravene the School Admission Code.

Following further research, including scrutinising previous adjudication judgements of schools with the same cross-sibling rule, the Governing body does not agree that the proposed change contravenes the School Admission Code. However, it is clear that our proposed change would be strengthened with adjustments to our admissions arrangements that would put us in line with those other schools who have successfully implemented the cross-sibling rule. These could include a closer working relationship between Presdales and Richard Hale, a rule that supports the admissions of those who live closest to the school, and matching priority areas. The Governors for both schools will investigate and discuss the implications of these changes and decide whether they are appropriate for our schools.

Any proposed changes will go through the consultation process next year.

Therefore, the proposed cross-sibling rule with Richard Hale will be removed from our admissions arrangements for September 2019.

2 February 2018

Hertfordshire Local Authority manages the admissions and entry to Presdales School. The school take part in the Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) co-ordinated scheme for admissions. Please note that HCC will make offers of places on behalf of the school.

Hertfordshire County Council is making it easier for parents and carers to apply for school places. They can offer assistance before, during and after the allocation process. They have also published a ‘Moving on’ Booklet which contains pages regarding the admissions arrangements, supplementary information forms, and other important information about how the admissions process will work. 

For further information on both regular and ‘In Year’ Admissions, as well as Admission Criteria please see below.

Year 7 Entry for September 2018

Admissions Criteria

Presdales is an Academy Secondary School, an all-ability single sex school for girls aged 11-16, with a coeducational sixth form admitting girls and boys at 16. The number to be admitted to Year 7 in September 2018 is 180. Girls are admitted at the age of 11 without reference to ability or aptitude.

A copy of the determined admissions criteria for Presdales School for 2018/2019 is available to download by clicking here.

You may apply both online or by using the paper application form. Applications close on 31st October 2017.

You may only apply to the local authority where you live. Only Hertfordshire residents may apply using Hertfordshire’s online application system and if you live outside Hertfordshire please contact your own Local Authority.

National allocation day is 1 March 2018. If you applied online and confirmed your email address, HCC will send you an email with details of your daughter's allocated school. Letters notifying you of your daughter's allocated school will be posted first class only to parents/carers who applied on paper.

If you are allocated Presdales School, you must accept or decline the school place by logging in to your application and following the online instructions. Online applicants must accept the place online. Paper applicants should return their response form to the Admissions and Transport team. The last date for accepting the place offered is 15 March 2018. Please be advised that replies go straight to Hertfordshire County Council and will not come back to Presdales School.

Continued Interest List

The Continued Interest List will be created between 1 and 15 March 2018. HCC have advised that applicants with unsatisfied higher preferences will automatically be placed on the list for those schools. For example, if you are offered your fourth ranked preference you will be placed on the Continuing Interest List for any community schools or other schools/academies whose admissions are managed by the county council that you ranked first, second and third. Please contact the HCC admissions team immediately if you do not want your daughter to remain on the Continued Interest List.

For further dates and information regarding the Continued Interest Process, please click here.


If your child has not been offered a place at Presdales School, you can appeal to an independent appeal panel against the decision not to allocate a school place. Appeals must be submitted by 29 March 2018 (by 4pm).

You can appeal online by logging into your online application and following the link to ‘register an appeal’. If you made a paper application, please contact the Hertfordshire Local Authority Customer Service Centre 0300 123 4043 to request an appeal pack. Please click here for the School Admission Appeals Timetable 2018. 

In Year Admissions

Hertfordshire County Council have also published information regarding In Year Admissions. On their website, they have advised that an application to move between schools straight away (or within a few weeks) after the beginning of the school year in September is known as an ‘In Year’ application. This is when a child wishes to transfer to another school outside of the usual transfer time, for example because of a change of address. Please click here for further information.


For further information please contact the Children Schools and Families help and information line on 0300 123 4043 or visit


Admissions to the Sixth Form 

Our Sixth Form Open Evening for prospective Year 12 students for September 2018 will be on Wednesday 15th November 2017, 7pm to 9pm.

Information on our Sixth Form, including a copy of our Sixth Form prospectus is available on our Sixth Form Website. Please click here.


Determined Admission Arrangements for 2018/2019 CLICK HERE

Determined Admission Arrangements for 2019/2020 CLICK HERE

The Department of Education School Performance Table CLICK HERE 


School Prospectus

School Additional Information Booklet 

Sixth Form Prospectus

Sixth Form Course Information Booklet