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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.

Admissions Open Evening Talk

Open days and Senior Leaders Talk for new applicants for Reception Year September 2019


Please book a place with Miss Hake our Office Manager

Tel: 01707276018        Email


Senior Leaders Talk and view the school       Monday 3 December 7.00 -8.00 pm


View the school in action

Monday 19 November 9.00 am - 9.45 am       Wednesday 21 November 1.15 pm - 2.00 pm




Determined Admission Arrangements for 2018-19

Determined Admission Arrangements for 2019/20

Applications for Admission to HCFS

If you are interested in joining our Free School do contact the School by email: to make an expression of interest and arrange a visit.

The application must be made through the Local Authority who are co-ordinating our admissions:

Tel: 03001234043 or email:

More information can be obtained at Hertfordshire Local Authority

The Hatfield Community Free School admissions arrangements will be in line with the existing Admissions Code, The School Admissions Appeals Code, and admissions law as it applies to our funding agreement from the DfE.

The school has 60 reception places available each year. We maintain a waiting list for available places for Year R children.

The school is part of the coordination scheme and process as published by Hertfordshire County Council for 2016/17.

Please follow this application link to apply to our school for a place.

The admission criteria will include pupils with statements of special educational needs, children in care, siblings and those living closest to the school in that order of priority.

The full policy for school admissions includes: clear admissions criteria; an over-subscription policy; tie-breaking arrangements. These criteria are set out in the section below.:


The Hatfield Community Free School admissions criteria is:

Determined admission arrangements for Hatfield Community Free school for 2016/17

The schools published admission number will be 60.

Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the governing bodies of all maintained schools to admit a child with a statement of special educational needs that names their school.

Rule 1            Children in public care (children looked after) 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).

Rule 2            Medical or Social: Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school.
The school governors 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 it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.

Rule 3            Sibling: Children who have a sibling on the roll of the school or linked school at the time of application.
This applies to reception through to Year 5 in infant, junior and primary schools; and from reception through to Year 3 in first schools; and from Year 5 to Year 7 in middle schools

In Year admissions: the sibling may be in the school’s final year as long as they will still be in attendance at the time of admission  
Rule 4            Nearest School: Children for whom it is their nearest community or voluntary-controlled school or an own admitting school or academy using Hertfordshire’s admission rules.

Rule 5            Distance: Children who live nearest to the school. If your child does not qualify under Rule 4, they will be considered under Rule 5.

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 tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule to those children. Where 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 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.

Hatfield Community Free School will use the same definitions and measuring system as outlined in Hertfordshire County Council’s admissions literature, “Applying for a school place.”

In Year Admissions
The school will remain part of the county council’s coordinated In Year admissions scheme. Application forms can be accessed via or from the Customer Service Centre, 0300 123 4043. Parents should return the application form direct to the County Council (address on the form). 

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

If a twin or multiple birth child is allocated the final place available, the school will also offer places to the other twin/multiple birth children.

Deferred Entry to school

The purpose of deferment is to meet the needs of a child where it is considered to be beneficial to their long-term educational development.

Parents have a statutory obligation to ensure their child receives appropriate full-time education from the start of the term following their fifth birthday. HCFS (through the LA co-ordinated admissions process) will offer a place at school at the start of the Autumn term for those children who have reached the age of 4 on or before 31 August in the application admission year. Where a parent wishes to defer entry to the following September, that place will be for entry in Year 1 and not in Reception. An application for entry must be made in accordance with the Local Authority’s (LA’s) Coordinated In-Year Admissions Scheme.  A place will not be held open in anticipation of that application.

Where a parent wishes to defer entry to the following September but enter in the Reception class, out of the child’s chronological cohort, a fresh application must be made under the Co-ordinated Primary Admissions Scheme for that year of entry. This is called delayed entry. Such an application must be supported in writing by an educational, medical or social care professional independent of the family, demonstrating a detriment to the child by not entering into Reception in September entry of the child’s cohort. For there to be a detriment to a child by being admitted into his or her chronological Year Group namely Year 1, the HCFS would expect exceptional circumstances to be demonstrated.


The Hatfield Community Free School Trust will ensure that parents have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel if they are dissatisfied with an admissions decision of the school. To ensure that the panel is independent of the school services will be purchased through the LA. The arrangements for appeals will comply with the School Admissions Appeals Code published by the DfE as it applies to Academies, Foundation and VA schools.  The Trust is clear that the determination of the appeals panel will be binding on all parties.




  • Hatfield Community Free School, Briars Lane, Hatfield,
    Hertfordshire, AL10 8ES
  • 01707 276018