All admissions to The Astley Cooper School are managed and decided through the Herts County Council.  For information about the admissions process please call 0300 1234043 or visit the Herts Direct website:

Secondary, Upper, Studio or University Technical College


1 September 2017

Online system opens for you to apply online.

Sept / Oct 2017

Open events at schools.

Find individual school details in the schools directory.

31 October 2017

Deadline to apply for a school place.

4 December 2017

  • Last date to submit a written explanation giving reasons why your application was late, for your application to be agreed as ‘on time’.
  • If you move house, this is the last date for you to provide evidence of your new address and for it to be considered ‘on time’ in the allocation process.

31 January 2018

Applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the week of 23–27 April 2017.

1 March 2018

National allocation day

We will email you the school you've been allocated, if you applied online and confirmed your email address. The online allocation system will be updated with allocations and be made available only after allocation emails have been sent.

Notification letters will be posted first class only to parents or carers who applied on paper.

If you applied online, you can use online facilities including appeals and viewing your continuing interest position.

1 – 15 March 2018

Continuing interest lists are created.

Applicants that didn't get any higher preference schools will automatically go on the list for those schools.

Parents or carers should confirm this with schools responsible for their own admissions.

1 – 8 March 2018

Continuing interest applications open.

You can add new school preferences for the first continuing interest run.

15 March 2018

Last date for accepting the place offered.

Online applicants must accept the place online.

Paper applicants should return their response form to the Admissions and Transport team.

19 – 23 March 2018

First continuing interest run.

We'll contact you with an offer of a new school place, if you're successful at this first continuing interest run.

26 March – 6 April 2018

Continuing interest applications open again.

You can add new school preferences for the second continuing interest run.

29 March 2018 (by 4pm)

Last date to register an appeal.

6 April 2018

Last date to register a change of preferences or for new applications to be added for the second continuing interest run.

23 – 27 April 2018

Second (and final) continuing interest run.

We'll contact you with an offer of a new school place, if you're successful at this second continuing interest run.

May – August 2018

If school vacancies occur, places will be filled from remaining continuing interest lists.

30 April – 15 June 2018

School place appeals take place during this period.

End of July (date to be

To retain your continuing interest, you will need to make an in year application.

Full details available after allocation day.


  1. Admissions Arrangement 2018-19