Our Admissions are administered by Hertfordshire County Council.
Please note that Hertfordshire County Council gather children’s names and address details from the database held by local GPs. Details are then sent from County to prospective new Nursery and Reception parents.
Hertfordshire County Council’s determined oversubscription criteria are as follows:
- Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the governing bodies of all maintained schools to admit a child with a statement of special educational needs that names their school.
- Children in public care (children looked after)and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or a special guardianship order).
- Medical or Social: Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school. (A panel of officers will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to the school applied for under Rule 2 and must clearly demonstrate why it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.)
- Linked School: In the case of junior schools, children who attend the linked infant school at the time of their application. (This rule only applies to pupils who are currently attending an infant school which has a linked junior school.)
- Sibling: Children who have a sibling on the roll of the school or linked school at the time of application. (This applies to Reception through to Year 5 in infant, junior and primary schools; and from reception through to Year 3 in first schools; and from Year 5 to Year 7 in middle schools. For In Year admissions the sibling may be in the school’s final year as long as they will still be in attendance at the time of admission.)
- Nearest School: Children for whom it is their nearest community or voluntary-controlled school or an own admitting school or academy using Hertfordshire’s admission rules.
- Distance: Children who live nearest to the school. (If your child does not qualify under Rule 5, they will be considered under Rule 6.)
These rules are applied in the order they are printed above. If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule to those children. Where there is a need for a tie-breaker where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be random.
To apply for a place at Shepherd Primary School, you must complete your application on the Hertfordshire County Council website. Click here to visit their admissions page.