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All admissions to The Astley Cooper School are managed and decided through Hertfordshire 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 2020

Online system opens for you to apply online

Sept / Oct 2020

Open events at schools 

Find individual school details in the schools directory

31 October 2020

Deadline to apply for a school place

4 December 2020

  • 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

1 February 2021

Applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the week of 26-30 April 2021

1 March 2021

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.