Hertfordshire Secondary Allocation - Many Parents Disappointed

March 2, 2022 12:00 PM

Hidden inside yesterday's announcement of Hertfordshire Secondary Transfer Allocation are some alarming figures which show that across the County 778 children were not allocated any of their four chosen schools and in Watford alone 174 children will be going to schools they did not want to attend. Hemel Hempstead children fared little better with 41 allocated a non-ranked school. For other areas parents may have to travel miles because their local school has a faith restricting admissions policy.

County Councillor Mark Watkin, opposition Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Education commented, "I am delighted that so many children will be attending the schools they chose, but a large number will not, particularly in Watford and in Hemel. Also hidden in the figures are those children who have to travel miles because their local school has a restrictive admissions policy based on faith. The Conservative run administration has a duty to all children to provide them a good local school. Clearly in certain areas they are failing to do this."