Admission Arrangements 2020 - 2021

Full details of The Sele School Admission Arrangements for 2020 - 2021 can be found below. 

To apply for a place at this school please complete the Hertfordshire County Council's Secondary Transfer Form (STF). Applications should be made online at or parents can request an application form from the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043. The time scale for admissions can be found on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

To find the Parish in which you reside, and the priority area for schools please visit ‘Find your nearest school’ service available at      

 The Sele School Admission Rules for 2020 – 2021             


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. 

Rule 1:   Children Looked After and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements 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. 

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.  

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.    

Rule 5:  Children who live in the priority area who live nearest to the school. 

Priority Area – Hertford and Ware and the Parishes of Bayford, Bengeo Rural, Bramfield, Brickendon Liberty, Datchworth, Essendon, 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 tie-break 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 tie-break will be random.


Rule 1:  Child arrangements order – Under the provision of the Children and Families Act 2014, which amended Section 8 of the Children Act 1989, residence orders have now been replaced by child arrangements order which settle the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live.  Special Guardianship Order – under 14A of the Children Act 1989, an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians. 

Rule 2:   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: (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 foster 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:  Non-partially selective means that the school does not offer any places based on academic ability. 

Rule 4, 5 and 6: 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. 

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. 


Hertfordshire parents wishing to appeal who applied on line, should log into their online application and click on the link ‘Register an Appeal’. If the application was not made using the Hertfordshire online application system, parents should contact the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 to request an appeal pack. 

A continuing interest list is held by the school.    A new In-Year application must be made at the end of the academic year to ensure the parent is on the continuing list.

Under Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 The Sele School will consider children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) that names the school.

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 consider 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 Published Admission Number (PAN) to admit external Sixth Form students is 25. 

Sixth Form Entry Requirements 

  1. Children Looked After and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).
  2. Entry into The Sele School Sixth Form is dependent on meeting a GCSE or BTEC equivalent examination entry requirement of five (5) qualifications at Grade 5 or better. There is a minimum requirement of achieving Grade 5 in the subjects that they wish to continue at A Level. Students who wish to study a subject which has not previously been studied will be admitted according to the five (5) qualifications at Grade 5 or better ruling.
  3. However, consultation will take place between the Director of Sixth Form and Deputy Head where a student has failed to meet the examination entry requirement but has shown a serious intention to continue their education. 
  4. In exceptional circumstances, and after consultation with the Director 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. 
  5. 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 examination entry requirement or have successfully negotiated entry to the Sixth Form as described in point 3. 
  6. 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 same examination entry requirements as internal applicants. All members of The Sele School Sixth Form must agree to adhere to the standards criteria as set out in the Sixth Form Contract. 
  7. If oversubscribed and a tie break is needed this will be distance measured by a straight line as the deciding factor.

Sixth Form Application Form

To apply for a place in The Sele School Sixth Form please follow this link and complete and return the form, which can be downloaded by following this link: Sixth Form Application Form

Sixth Form Appeals

Parents or students whose application to the school is unsuccessful have the right to appeal and should contact the Admissions Officer at the school directly in the first instance.