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Admissions Info

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 for your consideration.

October tours – please note these dates have changed (there is no longer a tour on Friday 6th October)  – see  Key Dates. 

Secondary Transfer September 2018 (current Year 5 children)

Test Registration for Secondary Transfer September 2018 (dates as published in our Admissions Arrangements) have now closed. Please note we are unable to accept ANY further test registration requests.   

Please refer to our Key Dates for a timetable of the secondary transfer process.

Entrance Tests – Letters have been posted to all parents that have submitted an on time test registration. Please refer to Key Dates for a full timetable of relevant dates.

To apply for a place at Dame Alice Owen’s School (all applicants – siblings, Children Looked After, Locality, Exam, Music, Staff) you will need to:-

  • Read our Admissions Arrangements for Secondary Transfer 2018 – please follow link. This will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with our admissions rules.
  • Between 1st September and 31st October 2017 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

** New English Practice Papers Available – click on ‘Practice Papers’ link above.


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 give an indication of the areas in which you need to live in order to sit our entrance tests and is provided to give interested parties a general overview. The definitive areas are listed above and also contained in our Admissions Arrangements:-

Locality Criteria 2 and 7:

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.

Secondary Transfer Allocation of Places Information

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

Secondary Transfer September 2017

Movement on Lists

Movement on the academic, music and distance lists will be regularly updated on this page.  Please use this as your first point of reference and please do not contact the Admissions Office for this information – this will enable them to deal with priority calls during this busy time.

Academic Places  have been offered up to and including ranked position number 156.

Music Places have been offered up to and including ranked position number 19.

Distance Criteria  2/7 – the furthest home-school distance we have been able to allocate a place to is 667.89 metres from the address point for the school.