Admissions at Holwell Primary School

As a County primary school, Holwell Primary School admits pupils in accordance with the admissions procedure for all Hertfordshire primary schools.

Holwell Primary School is a 2 form entry school which admits up to 60 children into each year group. We have a double entry intake every September.

Parents will normally be sent a leaflet for a primary school place in the autumn preceding your child’s admission. This will advise parents on how to apply for a primary place online.

The lists used by the County are those of the local health authority and there can occasionally be errors or omissions, often due to people moving house. If you do not receive a pack, please let us know or visit the website –

Parents who are considering sending their child to Holwell Primary School are warmly invited to visit us. Please contact the school office if you would like to arrange a visit.


Determined Hertfordshire County Council’s oversubscription criteria:

In the event of the school being oversubscribed, places will be offered in the following priority order:

Children Looked After and Post Looked After Children but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or become subject to a child arrangements or special guardianship order).

Medical or Social: children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school. A panel of officers will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to the school applied for under Rule 2 and must clearly demonstrate why Holwell Primary is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.

Linked School: in the case of Junior schools, children who attended the linked infant school at the time of their application. This rule applies to pupils who are currently attending Infant school which has a linked Junior school – this is not the case for Holwell Primary School.

Sibling: children who have a sibling on roll of the school. This applies to Reception through to Year 5 at Holwell Primary School.

Nearest School: children for whom it is their nearest community or voluntary controlled school or an own admitting school or academy using Hertfordshire County Council’s admission rules

Distance: children who live nearest to the school. If your child does not qualify under Rule 5, they will be under Rule 6.

These rules are applied in the order they are printed above. If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tie break will be used by applying the next rule to those children. Where there is need for a tiebreaker where two addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats, the lowest door number will be deemed the nearest 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.

For details of the County Admissions Policy and how it is applied, please go to –

The admissions procedure is administrated and organised by Hertfordshire Local Authority Admissions Department. If you are interested in a place, please contact the admissions department at County Hall on 0300 123 4043 or by email on 


For admission rules and to check In Year Vacancies please click here.


You are welcome to look round the school. To make an appointment please contact us on 01707 323716 or by email at


Admissions Timeline 2023 / 24

1 November 2023

Online system opens for you to apply online.

Nov / Dec 2023

Open events at schools. 

Find individual school details in the schools directory.

15 January 2024

Deadline to apply for a school place.

1 February 2024

Last date to submit a written explanation giving reasons why your application was late, for your application to be agreed as ‘on time’.

If you move house, this is the last date for you to provide evidence of your new address and for it to be considered ‘on time’ in the allocation process.

1 March 2024

Applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the week commencing 17 June 2024.

16 April 2024

National allocation day

Herts County Council will email you the school you've been allocated, if you applied online and confirmed your email address. The online allocation system will be updated with allocations and be available only after allocation emails have been sent.

Notification letters will be posted first class only to parents or carers who applied on paper.

If you applied online, you can use online facilities including appeals and continuing interest.

16 – 23 April 2024

Continuing interest applications open.

You can add new school preferences for some Hertfordshire schools for the first continuing interest run. Information will be available online on 16 April 2024.

16 April – 1 May 2024

Continuing interest lists are created.

Applicants with unmet higher preferences will automatically go on the list for those schools.

Parents or carers should confirm this with schools responsible for their own admissions.

1 May 2024

Last date for accepting the place offered.

Online applicants must accept the place online.

Paper applicants should return their response form to the Admissions and Transport team.

13 – 17 May 2024

First continuing interest run.

Herts County Council will contact you with an offer of a new school place, if you're successful at the first continuing interest run.

22 May 2024 (4pm)

Last date to register an appeal.

20 – 28 May 2024

Continuing interest applications open for the second run.

You can add new school preferences for any school for the second continuing interest run.

28 May 2024

Last date to register a change of preferences or for new applications to be added for the second continuing interest run.

17 – 21 June 2024

Second (and final) continuing interest run.

Herts County Council will contact you with an offer of a new school place, if you're successful at the second continuing interest run.

June – July 2024

If school vacancies occur, places will be filled from remaining continuing interest lists.

13 June – 19 July 2024

School place appeals take place during this period.

24 June 2024

Continuing interest lists (waiting lists) for junior and middle schools close on 20 June 2024.

To retain your continuing interest for a Hertfordshire junior or middle school, you will need to make an in year application from 24 June 2024.

24 July 2024

Continuing interest lists (waiting lists) for primary schools close on 23 July 2024.

To retain your continuing interest for a Hertfordshire primary school, you'll need to make an in year application from 24 July 2024.