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Year 7 Admissions

Secondary Transfers for September 2015
Allocation Summary



Rule 1 (children in public care)


Rule 2 (social/medical)


Rule 3 (staff)


Rule 4 (sibling)


Rule 5 (home to school distance)


Rule 6 (aptitude for languages)


Furthest distance allocated to


* The Governing Body has decided to admit an additional 10 students in September 2015 - taking the school's intake to 216.


All pupils have been allocated places in accordance with the published admission arrangements, which comply with the mandatory requirements of the School Admissions code and the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998.
The school participates in the Hertfordshire County Council co-ordinated scheme for admissions. All deadlines within this scheme must be adhered to by applicants. Hertfordshire County Council will make offers of places on behalf of the school (Tel: 0300 123 4043).

In addition to completing the Hertfordshire Standard Transfer Form (The Common Application Form) either online or in paper form, we encourage parents to complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form and return it to the Clerk to the Admissions’ Committee, The Broxbourne School, High Road, Broxbourne, Herts EN10 7DD. This is so that the governors can collect information which they need to consider applications fully. If an applicant does not complete the Supplementary Information Form, the Governing Body will apply the school’s oversubscription criteria using the information submitted on the Common Application Form. This may result in the application being given a lower priority against those criteria due to lack of available information. 

When applications for admission exceed the number of places available the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which pupils to admit. These criteria will continue to be used to allocate places should any fall vacant after the initial allocation. 

90% of allocations (186) will be made using the following criteria (1 to 5) in the order set out below and the remaining 10% of allocations will be made using criterion (6)

  1. Children who are or have been in public care
  2. Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical and/or social need which makes The Broxbourne School the most suitable school for that child
  3. Children of staff at the school where the member of staff has been employed under a contract of employment with 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 is recruited under a contract of employment to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
  4. Children who have an older brother or sister (a sibling) at the school living at the same address at the time of application, unless it is anticipated that the sibling will have left the school before the date of proposed admission of the applicant
  5. Home to school distance. The ‘Tie-breaker’. After places have been allocated using criteria 1, 2 3, and 4, home to school distance is used as the ‘tie-breaker’ to allocate any remaining places within the 90% of places (186) allocated to criteria 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Home to school distance is used as the ‘tie-breaker’ because it is a clear, objective and fair criterion 
  6. The remaining 10% of places (20) will be allocated for children who show an aptitude for languages on the basis of an assessment of aptitude carried out by the school. Priority will be given to those with the highest score in this test.

Key Dates
2nd March 2015                National Allocation Day
16th March 2015               Last date to accept a place
W/c 23rd March 2015       First round of continuing interest
2nd April 2015                    Deadline for submission of appeals
W/c 27th April 2015          Second round of continuing interest
May - July 2015                  Places will be filled from continuing interest lists as and when
                                              vacancies occur


Appeals resulting from secondary transfer and under 11’s applications for admission in September 2015 will be heard according to the following timetable:


Allocation day

Appeals lodged by

Appeals to be heard between




2nd March 2015

4pm on 2 April 2015

7 May – 18 June 2015


25 – 29 May)

  • Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, which ever is the later date.

  • Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.

  • Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case 7 working days in advance of the hearing.

Additional supporting information

If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence, which was not included with their initial appeal, they should ensure this is received at least 7 clear working days, not counting the day of postage or the hearing, in advance of your appeal.   

Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter not previously available, will be accepted up to 4 clear working days prior to the hearing.  Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing. 


- Admissions criteria 2016, supplementary information form and Aptitude Test application form

- Aptitude Test, Frequently Asked Questions 

Aptitude Test
The Aptitude for Languages Test will take place on Saturday 3rd October.  Applications for the Aptitude Test, together with the Supplementary Information Form, must be received by the school no later than Tuesday 22nd September.  Applications received after this date will not be processed, therefore, if you are posting forms please ensure you use the correct postage.
Letters confirming arrangements for the Aptitude Test will be sent out on Friday, 25th September.