Loreto College St Albans

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Secondary Transfer

As a concerned parent, you will be seeking a good school with the highest standards, offering opportunity and challenge in a secure and caring community. We are delighted that inspectors from both the Diocese of Westminster and OFSTED have judged Loreto College to be outstanding in all categories.

Loreto is blessed with dedicated and talented staff who appreciate that school and parents must work together. This has never been as important as it is today, given the nature of our society and the pressure of modern living.

We recognise the enormous potential of our girls and we are justifiably proud of their high academic achievements. We appreciate the tremendous responsibility you will entrust to us, and so I have no hesitation in recommending Loreto College to you.

Mrs L Thompson, Headteacher

Admissions Process for Secondary Transfer – September 2024

For September 2024, the Published Admissions Number (PAN) for Year 7 is 150.  Parents who wish to make an application for a place in this year group must:

  • Complete the Governors Application Form A and send this, with a copy of their daughter’s baptism certificate, to the school for the attention of Mrs S Williams, PA to the Leadership Team.
  • Name Loreto as one of their continued interest list preferences on their Local Authority Application Form.

Key Dates for those applying to start Year 7 in September 2024:

Open Evening

Tuesday 26th September 2023 (4.30pm to 7.30pm)

Open Weeks (school tours available by appointment only – the booking system will open on Wednesday 27th September 2023 at 10am)

Monday 2nd October until Friday 13th October 2023

Closing date for standard Hertfordshire form to be returned/submitted to the Local Authority (Hertfordshire parents can apply via the online system by clicking here).

Tuesday 31st October 2023

Closing date for Form A and copy of baptism certificate to be returned to Loreto College

Tuesday 31st  October 2023

Offer letters posted for delivery

March 2024

Key documentation and other useful links:

The Governors Application Form A is available to download below.

Determined Admission Form A 2024

A copy of the criteria for 2023 is available to download below:

Determined Admissions Criteria 2024

Please click on the link below to access the detail of the most ‘Frequently Asked Questions’:

Admissions FAQs 2022-23


All parents now need to set up an appeals account in order to appeal.  The online appeals portal is the same for all parents and can be found here.

Parents who live out of county or who applied on paper will need to contact the Hertfordshire Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 in order to obtain registration details to gain access.  These will be sent via automated email. 

Appeals resulting from secondary transfer applications for admission in September 2024 will be heard according to the following timetable:


Allocation Day

Appeals lodged by

Appeals to be heard between



1 March 2024

4pm on 28 March 2024

2 May - 17 June 2024

(excluding 27 May- 31 May)

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.

Appellants will be sent a copy of the school’s case 7 working days in advance of the hearing.

Additional Supporting Information

If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence, which was not included with their initial appeal, they should ensure this is received at least 7 clear working daysnot counting the day of postage or the hearing, in advance of your appeal.

Please remember that any confidential medical/social evidence submitted to the Admission Authority (AA) in support of your application will not be provided to an appeal panel.  If you wish to rely on this in support of your appeal you will need to submit this documentation to the appeals team.

Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter not previously available, will be accepted up to 4 clear working days prior to the hearing.  Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing. 

Determined Admissions Criteria 2025/26

The determined criteria and supporting admission form are available to view below: