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 recognize 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.

Máire Lynch, Headteacher

 

Admissions Process for Secondary Transfer – September 2022

 

The deadline for applications for a place at the school in Year 7 for September 2022 has now passed.  However, parents are still able to make a late application via their local authority, which should be supported by completing the Determined Admission Form A 2022/23 and returning this to the school (with a copy of their daughter’s baptism certificate).  The form should be sent to Mrs S Williams, PA to the Leadership Team .

 

Key Dates for those applying to start Year 7 in September 2022:

 

Offer letters posted for delivery 1st March 2022
First Continued Interest List run 21st to 25th March 2022
Second Continued Interest List run 25th to 29th April 2022

 

Key documentation and other useful links:

 

Our Headteacher’s presentation offering insights into the admissions process:

Admissions Guidance

The Governors Application Form A is available to download below.

Determined Admission Form A 2022/23

A copy of the criteria for 2022 is available to download below:

Determined Admissions Criteria 2022/2023

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

Admissions FAQs

Please click here to see the report from the recent inspection by the Diocese of Westminster:

2020 Inspection by Westminster Diocese

 

 

Appeals

 

Hertfordshire parents can access the online system via their admissions account here.

Parents who live out of county, or who applied on paper, should use the appeals online system here.

Please contact the Hertfordshire County Council Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 to obtain registration details to gain access.

Appeals resulting from secondary transfer applications for admission in September 2021 will be heard according to the following timetable:

Allocation Day Appeals lodged by Appeals to be heard between
Secondary Transfer 1 March 2022 4pm on 1st April 2022 6th May and 21st June 2022 (excluding 30th May to 3rd June)

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, which ever 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. 

 

CONSULTATION PROCESS

Proposed Admissions Criteria 2023/24

 

The Governors have recently agreed to propose some changes to our admissions criteria for 2023/24.  These are as follows:

Reduction of our PAN to 150.

  • In 2017 the Governors increased the pan from 150 to 160 to meet an exceptional demand for places for Catholic Girls. The increase in numbers has had an effect on classroom sizes and the ‘common areas’ of the school and, as the school has consistently met the needs of the Catholic community over the last three years by offering places right through to Priority 8 (Any Other Girl), it is felt that there is no longer a requirement for the extra places.

The number of places offered to the feeder schools will no longer be reduced by those who gain a place in priorities 1, 2 or 3 and the number of reserved places listed for each feeder school in the footnotes will solely relate to Priority 4. Clarity has also been given that the feeder school rules only apply to Priority 4, Baptised Catholic girls.

  • In our experience, we find that the current arrangements can confuse our feeder school parents and also deter them from applying. This change would give clarity and ensure that there is no disadvantage as the reserved places would not, for example, be used up by siblings.

Our explanatory notes have been updated to include the additions contained in the Hertfordshire “Statutory Schools Admissions Consultation & Determination Process” document which, in particular, relate to the definition and explanation for home address, where two applications are received for the same child.

The full proposed criteria and supporting admission form are available below:

Proposed Admissions Criteria 2023-2024

Proposed Admission Form A 2023-2024

We would welcome written comments from our parents and/or any interested parties.  These should be sent to Mrs S Williams at the school address (or via email to swilliams@loreto.herts.sch.uk) by the closing date of the formal consultation, 9am on 31st January 2022.    We will not be able to acknowledge or respond individually to comments, however, they will be taken into account when the Full Governing Body meet at the end of the period of consultation to consider any responses.  Following this, the 2023/24 Admissions Criteria will be determined by the deadline date of 28 February 2022.