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Admissions - Dates and Information


You can send your child to The Grove from wherever you live, unless we are oversubscribed. We use the same admissions criteria as all of the maintained schools in Hertfordshire, with priority given to those with overriding social or medical factors, those with siblings already at the school and then those for whom it is the closest school. 

The school has been able to offer places to all children who have wanted to come for the last 3 years, so why not come and visit and see what you think!  You are welcome to apply wherever you live if you think this is the school for you!


This year parents of children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 will be applying for a school place. 

All applications are managed by Hertfordshire County Council - the link to their website is below.  Please contact the admissions team if you need any help: you can call the help line 0300 123 4043, email or go online for advice at - see link below

And of course you can always ring the school and ask to speak to us about any queries you may have. We will do our best to support you. Allocation day will be in April 2019 - you should receive news about your application and then you are asked to accept or decline the place. County continue to administer the admissions arrangements and can help anyone with queries.


We are offering parents the chance to meet the Head teacher, listen to some information about the school and enjoy the opportunity to look around on the days listed below.

Parents should book a place at one of the sessions through the link at the bottom of this text box.  It is not advisable to turn up unless you have booked. 

All sessions start at 9.15 am and last for about 45 minutes:

Last session!

Wednesday 9th January

The application process closes on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

Nursery Admissions
Parents of children born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 will then be able to apply for a Nursery place for September 2019.  There is no centralised admission system by HCC, but a timeline for applications is decided locally between schools with Nursery classes and updated every year. (see attached document).  A google form will be available here from Monday 4th February to apply for a place.  Parents can arrange to come and look around by booking themselves on to one of our 'tours'.  This system is ready for bookings now.

This year tours will take place on the following dates at 9.30 am:

Thursday 24th January 

Monday 28th January

Thursday 7th February

Monday 11th February

Wednesday 27th February

Places are then allocated before Easter - see timeline for details.
If you are making enquiries after this date, please contact the school office directly, as we manage these admissions ourselves. 
Nursery Sessions are allocated according to our Nursery Sessions Policy - this can be found at the bottom of this page and on the policy section of this website.  30 hour provision is subject to availability, and the process for registering and place allocation is included in the Nursery Sessions Policy.

Nursery Admissions Timeline 2019 - 2020

Nursery Admissions Policy 2017

In Year Admissions
If you arrive in the area and are looking for a school place you are welcome to give us a ring - we currently have space in our Reception class for in year admissions and are happy to show you round.  Please bear in mind that all in year admissions are dealt with administratively by Hertfordshire County Council and you can contact them on this number:  0300 123 4043.  They will be able to tell you how to secure a place.
There are currently spaces in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2: if you have moved to the area please feel free to get in touch with the school and ask about admissions.