Admissions Policy



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Admissions Policy for 2018-2019

Richard Hale School is an all ability school for boys aged 11-16, which admits both boys and girls into a co-educational Sixth Form.  It is a Science and Engineering Academy. The published admission number for Year 7 each year is 165. Boys and girls are admitted at age 16+ provided they meet the entry qualifications for their proposed programmes of study.

In 2018 the School will admit an additional 15 students to Year 7 under local agreement (intake of 180).

Admission Arrangements for Entry to Year 7 in September 2018

To apply for a place at Richard Hale you must complete the Hertfordshire Council’s Secondary Transfer Form. The School participates in the Local Authority Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme and application forms and all admission literature are available as live webpages at  The school does not have an additional Supplementary Information Form.

Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the governing body of both academies and maintained schools to admit a child with a statement of special educational needs that names that school; it also requires the school to admit a child with an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) that names the school.

Confirmation of acceptance

Parents must confirm their acceptance of the offer of a place within two weeks. After this time the place can be withdrawn.


If there are more applications for admission than places available at Richard Hale School, the Governing Body will apply the following admission rules in number order.

Rule 1   Boys looked after and boys who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).

Rule 2    Sibling: boys who have a sibling at the school at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age-range of the school.  Note:  the ‘normal age range’ for Richard Hale as an 11-18 school is Years 7 to 13. [See explanatory notes below for Rule 2]

Rule 3    Boys of staff at the school: a member of staff must have 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 have been recruited to fill a post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. [See explanatory notes below for Rule 3]

Boys who live in the priority area

Places will be allocated to each parish/unparished area or town in proportion to the number of applications made. In the event of there being more applications than places available to a particular parish/unparished area or town, places will be allocated as follows:

Rule 4    Boys for whom Richard Hale is their nearest Hertfordshire school or academy that is non-faith and non partially selective, and which makes provision for boys. If more boys qualify under Rule 4 than there are places, the tiebreak would be those that live nearest the school.

Rule 5    Any remaining places available to a parish/unparished area or town.  Places will be allocated on a random basis.

Boys who live outside the priority area

Rule 6    Places will be allocated on a random basis. Every boy will be allocated an individual random number once his name has been entered onto the database.


These rules are applied in the order they are printed above. If more boys qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule.

If there is a need for a tie-breaker where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example, the lower door number will be deemed nearer as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer.  If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tiebreak will be random.


Richard Hale School’s priority area comprises the following towns/parishes/unparished areas:


Bayford, Bengeo Rural, Bramfield, Brickendon Liberty, Datchworth, Essendon, Great Amwell, Great Munden, Hertford, Hertford Heath, Hertingfordbury, Hunsdon, Little Berkhamsted, Little Munden, Sacombe, Stanstead Abbots, Stanstead St Margarets, Stapleford, Tewin, Thundridge, Ware, Wareside, Watton-at-Stone, Welwyn, Widford, Woolmer Green.



In-Year Admissions

Places will first be allocated in accordance with rules 1-3 above and then as follows:

Rule 4    Boys who live in the priority area for whom Richard Hale is their nearest Hertfordshire non-faith and non partially selective maintained school or academy. If more qualify under Rule 4 than places are available, the tiebreak would be those that live closest to the school.

Rule 5    Boys in the priority area on a random basis.

Rule 6    Boys outside the priority area on a random basis.

[See explanatory notes below for In-Year Admissions]]


Richard Hale School

Science and Engineering Academy



Admission Arrangements for Entry to the Sixth Form in September 2018

Richard Hale Sixth Form is popular with students who attended the School from Years 7-11 as well as with applicants from other schools in the area.  The maximum number of places available in Year 12 is 200; the minimum number of these places open to external applicants is 50.

From September 2017, in response to government reforms, in Key Stage 5, we will move over entirely to a two-year structure of study with examinations taken at the end of the second year.  AS examinations will not be taken and teaching schedules will not prepare students with AS examinations in mind.

We offer two post-16 pathways to accommodate different learning styles.

Pathway A                         

To study three Advanced Level subjects students need to have GCSE 5.2 Average Points Score (APS) including at least Level 5 in Maths and English; calculate using results in all full course GCSE subjects.

Pathway B

To study BTEC Level 3 Sport or Science students need to have 4.5 GCSE APS, including at least Level 4 in Maths and/or English.  Students with Level 4 will need to retake and attend additional lessons until they achieve a Level 5.

Our Sixth Form is committed to academic excellence and to ensuring that students follow appropriate courses. We, therefore, apply admission rules to courses to ensure that applicants have reached a sufficiently firm foundation to succeed. We do not have general admission criteria for entry to our Sixth Form, but instead applicants need to reach specific levels in order to be able to choose particular subjects.  We are a full-time Sixth Form and so an applicant must possess the necessary levels to choose three subjects if they are to join us. Final decisions regarding subject choices and appropriate pathway will be confirmed once actual GCSE results are known and it is confirmed that applicants have met the minimum academic requirements for each course.

An application form for entry to the Sixth Form must be completed and returned to the School by Friday 17th November 2017.

Rule 1    Boys in public care (children looked after):

Places are allocated to children in public care according to Chapter 7, Section 2 of the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended by the School Admissions Code 2014.

These children will be prioritised under rule 1.

Highest priority will also be given to children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted, or became subject to a Child Arrangements Order or a Special Guardianship Order.

A “child looked after” is a child who is

  1. a) in the care of a local authority, or
  2. b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (section 22(1) of The Children Act 1989)

All children adopted from care who are of compulsory school age are eligible for admission under Rule 1.

Child Arrangements Order – under the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014, which amended section 8 of the Children Act 1989, residence orders have now been replaced by child arrangements orders which settle the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live.

Special Guardianship Order – under 14A of The Children Act 1989, an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians.

Children in the process of being placed for adoption are classified by law as children looked after providing there is a Placement Order and the application would be prioritised under Rule 1.

Rule 2    Sibling:

A sibling means the sister, brother, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, child of the parent/carer or partner, or a child looked after or previously looked after and in every case living permanently in a placement within the home as part of the family household from Monday to Friday at the time of application.  Where a place is obtained and the child admitted to the school and it is subsequently identified that this place was gained fraudulently, there will be no sibling connection available to subsequent children from that family.

Rule 3    Boys of staff at the school:

To be eligible for Rule 3 a boy must be the son or step-son of the member of staff and be living permanently at the same address as the member of staff at the time of the application.

Rules 5 and 6

Places under these two rules are allocated on a random basis.  All random allocations are supervised each time by someone independent of the school.

Home address:

The address provided should be the child’s current permanent address at the time of application. ‘At the time of application’ means the closing date for applications. The application can only be processed using one address. If the boy lives at more than one address the address used should be the one at which he lives most of the time. If a boy lives at two addresses equally, the address of the parent/carer that claims Child Tax Benefit/Child Tax Credit should be used. If the parent is not in receipt of Child Benefit/Tax Credit alternative documentation will be requested.

Home to school distance measurement:

A ‘straight line’ distance measurement is used for all home to school distance measurements for admission allocation purposes.  Distances are measured using a computerised mapping system to two decimal places.  The measurement is taken from the Address Base Premium address point of your child’s house to the Address Point of the Caretaker’s Lodge at the entrance of the school.  Address Base premium data is a nationally recognised method of identifying the location of the schools and individual residences.

Twins/Multiple Births:

Richard Hale School will admit over the school’s published admission number when a single twin/multiple birth child is allocated the last place at the school and an application has also been received for the other twin/multiple birth.  The exception to this is when the last place is offered to a child under the random element of the school’s rules.  In these circumstances places will not be offered to the other twin/multiple births because it would compromise the random element of the allocation process.  In these circumstances the school will admit above the PAN after the allocation process has been completed.

In-Year Admissions:

The school will remain part of the county council’s coordinated In-Year Admissions Scheme. Applications should be made through  To retain a place on Continued Interest families must, at the end of the academic year, confirm their interest by making an In-Year application.

Fair Access:

The school participates in the county council’s Fair Access protocol and will admit children under this protocol before children on Continued Interest.


Hertfordshire parents wishing to appeal who applied on-line should log on to their online application and click on the link “register an appeal”. Parents who did not apply using Hertfordshire’s on-line application system should contact the Customer Service centre on 0300 123 4043 to request an appeal pack.

Parents wishing to appeal for an in-year application should contact the School directly in the first instance.