Harperbury Free School
Radlett, Herts

Harperbury School

NOTE: Below is Admissions criteria applying for our 2015 applications. These will be updated when we know when we can invite applications for our first year of opening. However it is likely they will be very similar.

If there are fewer applications than our Published Admissions Number (PAN) in a particular year, all applicants will be offered a place.

If there are more applications than our Published Admissions Number (PAN) in a particular year, then the following over-subscription rules will be applied:

Children with a statement of special education needs (SEN) where Harperbury Free School is named on that statement will be admitted.

Rule 1

Children who are in public care (looked after children) and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or a special guardianship order)

Notes: A “looked after child” is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.

Adopted” means under the terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 – Section 46 (adoption orders).

Residence order” means under the terms of the Children Act 1989 – Section 8 which defines a ‘residence order’ as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live.

Special guardianship order” means under Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 which defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

Rule 2

Children who have a sibling on the roll of the school at the time of admission

Note: a “sibling” is defined as a natural brother or sister, or a half-brother or sister, or a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, or step-brother or sister who will be living with them at the same address at the date of their entry to the School. (Proof of the sibling relationship may be required if a place is offered). The sibling rule does not apply for children whose older siblings are or will be attending the 6th form (Years 12 and 13) at the time of admission.

Rule 3

Children of the founder members of the school

A Founder Member is a parent or guardian whom the school has identified in its discretion as having genuinely played a material role in setting up the school and, where appropriate, whose continued role is deemed by the school to be needed to establish the school in its early years for the benefit of the public as a whole.

The number of pupils expected to be admitted under this Rule is 2 in 2015, 5 in 2016 and 2 in 2017.

Rule 4

Children of a member of staff employed at the time of admission

Note: staff includes both teaching and non-teaching employees and applies only

a) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time of the application for the admissions is made, and /or

b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

The child must be the natural child, step-child or adopted child of the member of staff and live at the same address at the date of their entry to the school.

Rule 5

Children whose permanent address is in one of the priority areas and who live nearest to the school

Note: “permanent address” is the address at which the child lives most of the time

Note: priority areas are the administrative parishes of Aldenham, London Colney, Shenley and St Stephen plus the town of Elstree and Borehamwood.

Distances are measured using a computerised mapping system to two decimal places. The distance from home to school will be measured by a straight-line from the NLPG (National Land and Property Gazetteer) address point of a child’s home address to the address point of the school.

Rule 6

Children whose permanent address is outside the priority areas who live nearest to the school

Note: distances will be calculated as for rule 5

Over-subscription criteria

These rules will be applied strictly in the order they are printed above.


If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule to those children. Where there is a need for a tie-break 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 nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be by a random draw (carried out by someone independent of the school).


The school may withdraw an offer if it has been made in error, a parent has not responded within a reasonable period of time, or it is established that the offer was obtained through a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application. Where the parent has not responded to the offer, the school will give the parent a further opportunity to respond and explain that the offer may be withdrawn if they do not. Where an offer is withdrawn on the basis of misleading information, the application must be considered afresh, and a right of appeal offered if an offer is refused.

All unsuccessful applicants have the right to appeal to a panel completely independent of the school if their application for a place is unsuccessful. The grounds for such an appeal must be set out in writing and must be sent to the Schools Admissions Department of Hertfordshire County Council by 4 pm on 2nd April 2015.

Waiting Lists

At the time of secondary transfer all unsuccessful applicants (who do not gain a place at a higher ranked school) will automatically be added to the school’s continuing interest waiting list. In Year applicants will have to confirm they wish to be placed in the school’s waiting list if their application is unsuccessful.

Any places which become available will be allocated in accordance with the admission rules set out in this document, not on a “first come, first served” basis. The position of a child on the waiting list may change frequently and could move down as well as up if other children having higher priority have their names added to the waiting list. The length of time on a waiting list will not give any priority. Places will be offered from the waiting list if they become available. These places cannot normally be held open and it will be expected that they will be taken up almost immediately. Otherwise the place will be offered to the child with the next highest priority on the waiting list.

The school will hold waiting lists for all year groups for one academic year, after which the waiting list will cease. If parents want their child to remain on the waiting list after that academic year they will have to write in to the school to request this.

Fair Access

The school participates in the Hertfordshire County Council’s Fair Access Protocol and will admit children under this protocol before children on continuing interest waiting list.

Sixth Form

The school intends to open a Sixth Form from September 2020, the year when the first cohort of students who have arrived in September 2015 will be entering the Sixth Form. It is expected that the majority of Sixth Form students will be those who have been in the school in previous years, but we will accept applications from students from other schools. All students will need to make an application to the Sixth Form.

Full details of the application process for our Sixth Form will be the subject of a consultation to be held in 2018/19 prior to inviting applications in September 2019.