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Admission Arrangements 2016 - 2017

The Sele School is an all ability Academy secondary school.  The number admitted at age 11 to Year 7 is 120. Boys and girls will be admitted at age 16+ provided they meet the entry qualifications for their proposed programme of study. Under Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 The Sele School will admit children with a Statement of special educational needs that names the 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.

Governors will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to The Sele School 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 at the school at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age-range of the school.  Notes:  (a) the ‘normal age range’ for The Sele School is Years 7 to 13.  (b) a sibling means the sister, brother, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, or child of the parent/carer or partner, and in every case living in the same house from Monday to Friday.
Rule 4: Children who live in the priority area for whom it is their nearest Hertfordshire maintained school or academy that is non-faith, co-educational and non-partially selective. Note: Non-partially selective means that the school does not offer any places based on academic ability.
Rule 5:

Children who live in the priority area who live nearest to the school.

Priority Area – Hertford and Ware

On conversion to Academy, the Governing Body agreed The Sele School would not then change the parishes in its priority area.

Bayford, Bengeo Rural, Bramfield, Brickendon Liberty, Datchworth, Great Amwell, Hertford, Hertford Heath, Hertingfordbury, Hunsdon, Little Berkhamsted, Little Munden, Sacombe, Stanstead Abbotts, Stanstead St. Margarets, Stapleford, Tewin, Thundridge, Ware, Wareside, Watton-at-Stone and Welwyn.

Rule 6: Children living outside the priority area on the basis of distance, with those living nearest to the school given priority.

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 tiebreaker 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.

Twins/Multiple Births

In the event that one child of a multiple birth is awarded a place but one or more other children of that same multiple birth, who have applied for a place at the school are not awarded a place, the school would take in all children in that multiple birth who have applied.


Parents have a right to appeal against non-admission to The Sele School. A continued interest list is held by the school. If a child is not offered a place at The Sele School, the Local Authority should offer the child a place at another school. The parents have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. At transfer time parents wishing to appeal who applied online should log into their online application and click on the link ‘register an appeal’. For those who did not apply online, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 to request an appeal pack’.


The Governing Body of  The Sele School will reserve the right to use the straight line distance measurement provided by Hertfordshire County Council’s GIS system as outlined in the Moving On publication. The measurement is made between the child’s home address point and the school address point.

The Governing Body will agree on any changes to its Admission Rules with the Admissions Forum.

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 particpates in the County Council's Fair Access protocol and will admit children under this protocol before children on continuing interest.

 Sixth Form Arrangements

The Sele School will accept applications from external students for places once all internal students have been accommodated. The number of admissions to The Sele School from outside will be 25 students.

Entry Requirements:

  • Entry into The Sele School Sixth Form is dependent on meeting a GCSE, OCRN or BTEC equivalent exam entry requirement of 5 A* – C grades, with a minimum of a C grade in the subjects that they wish to continue at AS level. Students who wish to study a subject which has not previously been studied will be admitted according to the 5 A* – C ruling.    However, consultation will take place between the Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head where a student has failed to meet the GCSE entry requirement but has shown a serious intention to continue their education.
  • In exceptional circumstances, and after consultation with the Head of Sixth Form and other relevant staff, negotiated entry to the Sixth Form is sometimes possible if the normal entry requirements have not been met.
  • The Sele School will accept any Year 11 student wishing to continue their education at The Sele School post 16, as long as they meet the exam entry requirement or have successfully negotiated entry to the Sixth Form as described above.
  • The Sele School welcomes students from other schools who have a serious intent to enter post 16 education at The Sele School as long as they meet the exam entry requirement and will agree to adhere to the standards criteria as set out in the Sixth Form Contract.


Parents or students whose application to the school is unsuccessful have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. Details can be obtained by contacting the Admissions Officer at the school.

Please follow the link below for the The School Admissions Appeals Timetable for 2016 admissions. 

2016 Admissions Appeals Timetable