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Admissions

Due to COVID-19 we are currently not conducting school tours onsite. See below for our newly created virtual school tour (coming soon).

Orchard welcomes all new families with children aged between three and eleven years old to our exciting school where children, staff and parents enjoy learning.

How can I get a place at Orchard?

Nursery Admission

The process for applying for Nursery (start January 2021 or September 2021) at Orchard is now open. Children enter our Nursery the term after they turn 3 years old. .  Contact the school office for more details.  All children are entitled to 15 free hours (Monday to Friday 9.00am – 12.00pm). Download, complete and return to the school the Nursery application form.

Places in Orchard Nursery are part time, every week day from 09:00 – 12:00.


Primary Admission

Applications for Reception must be made via Hertfordshire County Council admissions. You can apply via www.hertsdirect.org/admissions. Please read the school’s admission policy and associated documents.   Applications for  in year admissions should be made via the school or you can download our application form below.

The primary application process for September 2021 opened on Monday 2nd November 2020 and the deadline for applying online is 15th January 2021.

Summer Born Children: Please see the DfE advice for Starting School . If you are considering in delaying your summer born child’s admission to school you will need to complete the ‘Out of Year Group’ application below before the end of the Autumn Term.

Admissions for 2020-21
Admissions for 2021-22
Admission Consultation for 2022-23

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can I be sure of getting a place?

It is very important that you register your child before the deadline for admissions applications. It is Hertfordshire County Council, not the school, who make the decision about whether a place is available for your child. They take into account whether your child has brothers or sisters at the school, distance of your home from alternative schools, and occasionally, special social factors. If your child is refused a place you have the right to appeal to an independent panel.

Can I visit the school before deciding?

Currently due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not able to host school tours. Please view the virtual tour at the top of this page instead.

(You are more than welcome to visit us and ask any questions you might have. Please telephone or email the school for an appointment on 01923 672280 or admin@orchard.herts.sch.uk )

Can I get a place for an older or younger child?

If you have moved into the area and would like a place at the school for your child please complete the in year admission form or collect a copy from the school office.

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