Admissions Policy


This policy aims to set out the admission criteria for the academic year 2017/18. The admissions criteria are reviewed on an annual basis in the Autumn Term by the Governors' Admission Committee.


General Principles

The Governors offer places each September to 180 pupils. Parents/Carers are requested to complete Chancellor's Supplementary Information Form (which can be completed online or downloaded from the school website and returned to the school) as well as completing the Common Application Form available from the Local Authority (from 1st May 2016). Applications must be made on HCC secondary transfer form (online or paper) and sent to the LA.
In accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996, the Governing Body will admit a child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs that names Chancellor's School.

Oversubscription Admissions Criteria

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order of priority set out below, to decide which students to admit. It is important that parents of students from schools not nominated under criterion 5 realise that criteria 1 to 4 and 6 apply to everyone, irrespective of the primary school attended, whether in County or out of County.

  1. "Children Looked After" and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a resident's order or special guardianship order).
  2. Children with a sibling attending the School at the time of admission (see note a).
  3. Children of staff at the school where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or the member of staff recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  4. Students with a proven aptitude in Music. The Musical Aptitude Tests, for those children who wish to be considered for a place based on musical ability, will take place in September 2016. (see note b).
  5. Children attending the following primary schools: (see note c)
    Brookmans Park11% Ladbrooke6% Pope Paul3%
    Countess Anne3% Little Heath6% St. Giles, S. Mymms3%
    Cuffley14% Northaw3% St. Mary's, N. Mymms3%
    Cranborne14% Oakmere6% St Philip Howard3%
    De Havilland6% Oakview5% Wroxham4%
    Essendon4% Ponsbourne St. Mary's4%   
  6. Any remaining places will be allocated by proximity to the School using the home-school measurement system used by Hertfordshire County Council as outlined in the County's admission arrangements and application literature.


All applications received after the national deadline, 31st October 2016, will be treated as late applicants. They will be considered in keeping with the "Late Applications" arrangements set out in Hertfordshire's applications literature as part of the Co-ordinated Admissions arrangements.

Notes for Guidance of Parents

  1. A "sibling" is defined as "a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, or child of the parent or partner, living at the same address" Monday to Friday. Siblings in Years 7-12 inclusive, during academic year 2016-17, will be assumed to be attending the school at the time of admission, unless there is clear evidence to the contrary.

    All multiple birth siblings will be admitted, provided that at least one of the siblings gains a place at the school under any other criteria. Such additional places will be ranked as a sibling admission and taken from any criteria with available places.

  2. Ten per cent of places (i.e.18) will be allocated on the basis of both a written musical aptitude test and a performance musical aptitude test. Please see additional notes on musical aptitude test.

    Parents will be notified of the results of these tests before the Local Authority closing date for the return of Common Application Forms (CAFs). If, on receiving these results, parents decide they wish to apply to the school, they must list it as one of their preferences on their home Local Authority CAF. Parents should be aware that the results of the test do not guarantee a place at the school.

    A reserve list will operate in strict merit order, from which subsequent offers will be made, should there be any withdrawal. In the event of a tie for the final place(s), priority will be given to those students living in closest proximity to the school, using the home-school measurement system used by Hertfordshire County Council.

  3. In the case of over-subscription under criterion 5, the number of places assigned to each listed school will be by fixed percentages to the remaining available places. The percentages have been set with regard to the size of the school and the historical acceptances from the individual school.

    Within each listed school's application, proximity to Chancellor's using the home- school measurement system used by Hertfordshire County Council from each applicant's registered home address to Chancellor's, will be used to decide priority. Where the number of applicants from the named school is less than the allocation, the excess places will be distributed according to criterion 6.

  4. Since the number of places to be allocated under criteria 5 and 6 cannot be pre-determined, we would expect parents wherever possible to seek to qualify under prior criteria to give them the best possible chance.

  5. Random allocation will be used as a tie-break to decide who has the highest priority for admission if the distance between two children's homes and the school is the same.

  6. Children who have been unsuccessful in gaining a place for admission to Year 7 will be placed on our Continuing Interest (CI) List from which any vacancies will be filled in accordance with our published Admission Criteria for that admission round. On the last day of the summer term, the CI lists will close and all children who are on the CI lists will be removed, as explained in the Local Authority's published documentation. If you would like your child to be considered for any places that become available at the school after this time, parents will need to make an In Year application. In Year applications should be made to Hertfordshire County Council,

In Year Admissions

The School's in year admission arrangements will work within the remit of Hertfordshire's agreed scheme of in year coordination. The governing body remains responsible for the allocation of all places in accordance with the school's published admission rules but all applications for, and allocations to, the school must be made via a pupil's home authority.

Please be aware the school is heavily oversubscribed and very rarely has vacancies.

The Governors will comply with the locally agreed Fair Access Protocol to admit a vulnerable child who is hard to place, outside the normal round of admissions and in excess of our published admission numbers.

Continued Interest (CI) lists are maintained for entry into Year 8 – 11. Any vacancies will be filled in accordance with the following oversubscription criteria:

  1. Sibling
  2. Children of Staff
  3. Proximity

The Continued Interest (CI) list will close at the end of each academic year and re-application will be necessary via your local authority,

Appeals Procedure

Parents have the right to make a formal appeal against any decision made by or on behalf of the Governors not to admit their child to the School. If they wish to do so, parents may submit a written appeal within a specified period of time. Further information about how to appeal will be given when parents are notified that their application has been unsuccessful.

Sixth Form Admissions

The Governing Body has a published admission number of 120 for entry into Year 12.
Admission to the sixth form will be for any student who meets the minimum academic standards as set out in the sixth form prospectus.

In the event of oversubscription, the following tie-break will be used:

  • highest average GCSE point score
  • students whose choices will have the least effect on the preferences of others

The school will admit up to 20 external students to its sixth form, providing there are places available. Priority will be given to "children looked after" and children who were looked after who meet the academic requirements as set out in the sixth form prospectus.