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Admissions Info

Secondary Transfer September 2019 (current Year 5 children)

Note: FAQ’s for Parents – Please refer to our comprehensive FAQs list before contacting the school with any queries. This will enable our Admissions Office to deal with priority calls – thank you.

Letters with details of the academic and music tests were sent by Royal Mail (2nd class) on Monday 9th July to all families that had registered on time.  If you have not received your letter by Friday 13th July please email the Admissions Department including a copy of your test registration confirmation. 

See Key Dates for an up to date timeline of dates.

If you are interested in applying for a school place for Admission 2019 (this includes Siblings, Looked After Children, Locality, Exam, Music, Staff), you should:-

  • Read our Admissions Arrangements for Secondary Transfer 2019. This will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with our admissions rules.
  • Between 1st September – 31st October 2018 include Dame Alice Owen’s School as one of your preferences when you submit your Common Application Form (CAF) to your home Local Authority. NB This is the ONLY form you need to complete to make an application. There is NO additional form required by the School.

Secondary Transfer Application Information

The information below is intended to give you further information about the School and the Admissions process.

Admission Arrangements Key Dates Practice Papers
Results Exam/Music Info  
Special Arrangements Information Herts Admissions

Local Priority Areas

In order to register for our Entrance Exam and/or Music Tests your child’s permanent home address must be within one of the listed areas below by the date of registration. Children from outside of these areas are not eligible to be considered under these criteria and therefore cannot take our tests.

Parishes and towns within Hertfordshire:

Aldenham Essendon Northaw & Cuffley
Bayford Hatfield Potters Bar
Brickendon Liberty Little Berkhamsted Ridge
Colney Heath London Colney Shenley
Elstree & Borehamwood North Mymms Welwyn Garden City

London postcodes within the London Boroughs of Barnet and Enfield:

EN2    sectors 7, 8 N11    sectors 1, 3 N14    all sectors
EN4    all sectors N12    all sectors N20    all sectors
EN5    all sectors N13    sectors 4, 5 N21    all sectors

Within Islington:

Children who have their permanent home address in the London Borough of Islington or are being educated in that Borough.


The maps below are provided to give interested parties a general overview ONLY of the Local Priority areas. They are not detailed enough to identify specific road boundaries and should not be used for this purpose.   THE DEFINITIVE  LOCAL PRIOIRTY AREAS ARE LISTED ABOVE .  This list is also contained in our published  Admissions Arrangements:-


It is recommended that parents who live in close proximity to the School, read the Verification of “Permanent Home Addresses” document on the Overview page.

Historical Information – Allocation of Places

Reports show how places were allocated on 1st March each year according to our Admissions criterion.

Secondary Transfer September 2018 (current Year 6 children)

Movement on Lists

Academic Places – offered up to and including ranked position 121.

Music Places – offered up to and including ranked position 13.

Distance Criteria  2/7 – the furthest home-school distance we have been able to allocate a place to is 1041.78 metres from the address point for the school.

Movement on the academic, music and distance lists will be regularly updated on this page. 

Continuing Interest

If you gave Dame Alice Owen’s School a higher preference than the school you have been allocated you  will automatically continue to be considered for a place at Dame Alice Owen’s School up until the end of the summer termYou should accept the place you have been offered but you do not need to take any other action.  If you wish to be considered for a place beyond July you can make  a new In Year application for Year 7 via Hertfordshire County Council towards the end of the summer term.  This process will be explained in the letter you received.

Appeal Process

Information about the appeal process can be found on our Admissions Overview page