In and around Harpenden and St Albans there are lots of good schools. Many families make the move from central London to Harpenden or St Albans for the more relaxed pace of life, the easy access to Hertfordshire countryside and the quality of the schools.
If you are just setting off on your search for schools in and around Harpenden the whole admissions process can be pretty daunting, especially if you are applying for the first time. To make a well-informed decision it is important to research all your options. Alongside doing your research it is wise to be realistic about which schools you have a chance of getting in to. This is especially important in Harpenden given that so many of our local schools can, unfortunately, be significantly oversubscribed.
One of the first places to start looking, suggest mum’s guide to Harpenden is the Hertfordshire County Council website. On their website, there is tons of information about Harpenden’s primary and secondary schools, how to apply and how places are allocated. You will also find all the key dates and deadlines for primary and secondary school applications. If your children are still very young and you are looking for nursery places you will find that you have to apply directly to each Nursery individually as Nursery applications are not handled by Herts County Council.
As with any great location to live there are often lots of myths and misunderstanding circulating about school applications. It is important to try and make sure you have got your facts right. One of the best ways to do this is to arrange to visit the Harpenden schools you are interested in. This will give you the best idea of what the school is really like and you can ask questions and get your information straight.