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Cowley Hill is a County Maintained two form entry Primary School with a Nursery. Currently Hertfordshire County Council is responsible for allocating places from the Reception classes upwards.  Click on the link to find out more about  Hertfordshire Schools Admissions. 

If you are wishing to apply for a place in Reception, Key Stage One or Two, please telephone the school to enquire about availability and contact the local authority to apply.  We highly recommend a visit to our School and we look forward to meeting you and your family.


Admission Process

 Nursery 2024/2025

 Reception 2024/2025

In Year Admissions – contact School

In Year Admissions – contact Hertfordshire County Council click here for admissions  

Admissions Process for Nursery

Date of birth

01/09/2020 - 31/08/2021

School start date

September 2024

Number of places


Application process open for 2023/24

Monday 1st January 2024

Application deadline

Friday 1st March 2024

Date allocation letters sent by post

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Date allocation email sent

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Deadline for response to allocation

Monday 29th April 2024

In Year admissions

Contact school

Cowley Hill Nursery provides 45 places for children who will be 4 during the school year that they start.   There is a single intake in September.

If you are still looking for a Nursery place we have availability in our morning sessions and for 30 hours.  For September 2024 please complete the application form (attached below) 

The options we offer are:

  • Morning Session - 8.30am to 12noon Monday to Friday
  • Fulltime (30 hours) - 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday
  • In addition to the above options places for full time during term time.   Full-time applications can either be purchased at a cost of £14 per session charged termly in advance or if entitled and in receipt of the 30 hours government funding.   

For Nursery admissions or enquiries please contact the School direct or complete the attached application form alternatively ask for a copy of the form from the school office.

Applications for September 2024 will open on the 1st January 2024.   


How are applications considered?

Once the closing date has arrived, we will consider all the applications received. If there are 45   or fewer applications, all applicants will be offered a place. If there are more than 45 applicants,   then the following criteria will be applied:

1. Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan 
2. Children looked after, SGO, adopted
3. Children with a particular medical or social need to attend the school
4. Children with a sibling at the school
5. Children who have a parent who works at the school
6. Distance of the child's home from the school.

(To be eligible for consideration under criteria 1 to 3 you will need to supply documentary evidence with your application)

Children offered a place will be expected to attend the nursery five days a week Monday to Friday during term time.

Children who are not successful initially will go on a waiting list and will be offered a place if one becomes available.

How will distances be measured?

We will use the following online distance measuring tool to calculate the straight line distance   from your home to the school: