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Admissions

Admissions

Hertfordshire Local Authority manages the transfer and entry to Hitchin Girls’ School. The school is generally oversubscribed. For details of both regular and In-Year Admissions, please follow the links and see the information below.

For further information contact the Children Schools and Families help and information line on 0300 123 4043.

OPEN EVENT DETAILS

September 2021

Each year, we hold open events when Year 6 students and their parents can visit the school to assist with their choice of secondary school. These events provide opportunities to visit the school, meet staff, see and talk to our students, and hopefully obtain a good understanding of how we operate. 

This year we are holding four open mornings supported by a range of content on our Virtual Open Event webpage.

Our Virtual Open Event webpage will be available on our website from Tuesday 28 September, and will include a welcome talk from the Headteacher and Head Girl, along with links to the school prospectus and a range of information about the school and secondary admission.

The four open mornings will take place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September and Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October, when pre-booked tours will run between 9.15am and 11.30am. Places are limited to a maximum of 3 per family.

Although we know that Year 4 and 5 families like to visit at our open events, we would ask that you defer your visit until next year to allow capacity for Year 6 families.

Please note that no parking is available on the school site for our open mornings.

BOOK OPEN MORNING TICKETS

Booking is open from Wednesday 15 September, 8.15am.

Book for Wednesday 29 September - booking closes at midday on Tuesday 28 September
Book for Thursday 30 September - booking closes at midday on Tuesday 28 September
Book for Tuesday 5 October - booking closes at midday on Monday 4 October
Book for Wednesday 6 October - booking closes at midday on Monday 4 October

Secondary Transfers for September 2022

The school participates in the Hertfordshire County Council co-ordinated scheme for admissions. All deadlines within this scheme must be adhered to by applicants. Hertfordshire County Council will make offers of places on behalf of the school. 

Further information, including the rules for admission, is available at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions. On-time applications closes on Sunday 31 October 2021.

A copy of the determined admissions criteria for Hitchin Girls' School for 2022/2023 is available here.

Secondary allocation day is Monday 1 March 2022. If you applied online you will receive an email from Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) on this date. If you applied on paper then you will receive a letter in the post.

Accepting your place: if you are allocated Hitchin Girls’ School and wish to accept your place then you must do this either online or on the paper form provided by Tuesday 15th March 2022. Responses go directly to HCC and do not come back to the school.

Continued interest: if you are not allocated Hitchin Girls’ School and it was ranked higher than the school you have been allocated, then you will automatically be added to the continued interest list.

If you do not want to stay on this list then you must let the Hertfordshire County Council Children’s Services Team know immediately.

In-Year Admissions

All Local Authorities have a statutory duty to coordinate all in-year admissions (primary and secondary) for all maintained schools and academies. This means that all applications for, and allocations of, in-year places must be made via a child's home Local Authority. All parents living in Hertfordshire who wish to make an in-year application must apply online to Hertfordshire County Council at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions and not by applying direct to schools. A paper application form can be requested from the Children Schools and Families Customer Service Centre, 0300 123 4043.

Appeals

At transfer time, parents wishing to appeal who applied online should log into their online application and click on the link ‘register an appeal’. For those who did not apply online, please contact the Children Schools and Families Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 to request an appeal pack. 

A copy of the HCC Guidance for Parents document regarding admissions appeal panels is available here.

Further information on the appeals process is available at: 
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/school-admissions/school-appeals/school-appeals.aspx

Sixth Form Admissions

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

DETERMINED ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS 2021-2022

The Determined Admission Arrangements for 2021-2022 were reviewed and approved by the Governing Body at its meeting on 10 September 2019.

Details of the arrangements are available here:

Hitchin Girls’ School Determined Admission Rules 2021-2022

Further information about Admission Arrangements for all schools in Hertfordshire is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions

DETERMINED admissions arrangements for 2022-2023

The Determined Admission Arrangements for 2022-2023 were reviewed and approved by the Governing Body on 9 February 2020.

Details of the arrangements are available here:

Hitchin Girls’ School Determined Admission Rules 2022-2023

PARISH PROPORTIONALITY

An explanation of the formula used by single sex schools to determine how many places should be assigned to each individual parish has been produced by Hertfordshire Admissions team and is available here:

Single Sex Parish Proportionality Explanation