Dame Alice Owen’s School is a secondary day school for boys and girls aged 11-18. Originally founded in 1613, we are Voluntary Aided in status and admit children across the ability range. 65 children per year out of the available 200 places, however, are selected according to aptitude and ability as determined by the Governors’ Entrance Examination and an additional 10 places are selected by Music Aptitude tests.

Applications are welcome from parents whose children are likely to make a full and committed contribution to the extra-curricular life of the school, and to benefit from the extensive additional facilities and opportunities provided by the Dame Alice Owen Foundation. Our Governors are legally responsible for admissions to the school, and offers of places are approved by our Governors’ Admissions Committee. Governors are fully committed to maintaining our family focus with the sibling criterion, whilst retaining partial selection and musical aptitude.

Admissions Arrangements 

Consultation of Admissions Arrangements for 2020/21 has now closed.  The Governors will meet shortly to consider any comments received and finalise the arrangements accordingly.The final document will be available to view here no later than 15th March 2019.  The proposed arrangements are available to view below.

The key proposed amendments are précised below for convenience:-

  1. Introducing Children Previously Looked After outside of England  as our second oversubscription criterion.  This is an advisory recommendation from the DfE to all schools.
  2. Only inviting the top ranked 325 in the verbal reasoning test to sit the English and Maths papers.  This is not a significant change to the test process as we currently only mark the English and maths papers of the top ranked 325 in the verbal reasoning; but it will mean that children will no longer be sitting tests that aren’t going to be marked.
  3. Amending the Sixth Form admission requirements for English and Maths to a Grade 5.
  4. Further clarification of the Musical Aptitude test.
  5. A note that siblings are not eligible to sit the Entrance tests

It is recommended that families whose permanent address is in close proximity to the School, read the following document:


Hertfordshire County Council organise appeals on our behalf.

For secondary transfer appeals Hertfordshire parents can access the online system via their admissions account.  Parents who live out-of-county or who applied on paper should now use Hertfordshire County Council’s appeals online system and will need to contact Hertfordshire County Council Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 in order to obtain their registration details to gain access.

Information about the appeal process and how to prepare for an appeal can be found here:-

We would appreciate if you could refer to our comprehensive list of FAQs before contacting the school with any queries, as you may find the answer to your question here. This will enable our Admissions Officer and general office staff to deal with priority calls – thank you for your consideration.