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 2019/20

The Governing Body is consulting on the above arrangements between 20th November 2017 and 5th January 2018.   The proposed arrangements are available to view below:

The key proposed amendments are précised below for convenience:-

  1. Marking the English and Maths papers of those children ranked at 325 or above in the verbal reasoning test.  This is not a significant change and should be similar to the numbers having their English and Maths papers marked in previous years
  2. Removing the requirement for children to live in the Local Priority Areas to qualify for criterion number 7.  This will enable us to remove criterion 8 as all children will be considered under criterion 7.
  3. Adding Children of Staff within the In Year oversubscription criterion for Years 8 – 11.
  4. Lowering the sixth form admission requirement for English and Maths to a level  4.
  5. Further definition and clarification of home address.  We are also proposing when a second property is owned if it is further than 50 miles it will not affect the application.

Should you wish to comment on any aspect of these arrangements please write to Mrs D Coles, Admissions Officer by 5th January 2018.


Following the end of the consultation period the Governors will meet to consider any comments received and finalise the arrangements accordingly.

Summary: Summary: Current Year 6 students
Summary: Summary: Current Year 7 and current Year 11 students

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.

Summary: This gives information about the appeals process
Summary: This gives information about when appeals need to be lodged and when they will be heard.

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.