Nearly 90 percent of Hertfordshire children have been allocated a place at their most preferred primary school.

Of the 13,198 applications for reception places received for Hertfordshire children, 11,763 have been allocated their first ranked primary school. Over 98 per cent (12,973) were allocated one of their preferred schools.

Including allocations to junior and middle schools, 15,798 Hertfordshire children will be informed of their offer of their school place today.

Parents and carers in Hertfordshire who have confirmed their email address will be sent their allocations today (Tuesday 16 April). Allocation information will then be made available online at

Simon Newland, Director of Education at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Giving every child the best possible start in life by securing a place at a good school is all part of our vision to ensure healthy and fulfilling lives for our residents.

“While I appreciate that a small number of parents may be disappointed with the school they have been allocated, I would encourage them to visit the school and speak to the headteacher before dismissing the offered place. They may be pleasantly surprised by what they see.”

All applicants not offered their first preference school will automatically be placed on the continuing interest list for any Hertfordshire schools named higher on the application form than the school offered.

Any new applications for continuing interest must be made to Hertfordshire County Council for families living in Hertfordshire.

School places must be accepted by 1 May 2024. This is also the last date to ‘opt out’ of continuing interest. The deadline to submit an appeal is 4pm on 22 May 2024. Further information concerning post allocation processes is available at

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