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Open Days

Below you will find details of local nursery, primary, secondary, sixth form and independent school open days over the coming months.  These are listed in alphabetical order.  If you have missed any of the open days or in cases where no public open day has been organised by the school we would suggest contacting the school directly to arrange a visit.

We do our best to ensure dates, timings and details are accurate.  However from time to time details change. To avoid unnecessary disappointment we recommend contacting the school/nursery or checking their website to double check the details and confirm attendance before setting off.

** COVID 19 UPDATE: We are regularly updating the information here as and when it becomes clear how and when Open Events will run.  Please always double-check school websites for the latest information. ***

You can access all the information you need about the state school applications process on the Herts County Council website. Independent schools will run their own admissions processes and you should visit the school websites for further details. 

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Local Authority Nursery Schools
Other Nursery Schools
Primary Schools
Secondary Schools
Sixth Form
University Technical Colleges (for entry in Y10 & Y12)
Independent Schools (Pre-prep, Prep, Senior & Sixth Form) 
Further Education (16+)
Special Educational Needs Schools

Local Authority Nursery Schools Open Days (alphabetical order)

Applications for Local Authority Nursery School places is no longer a centralised process run by Herts County Council.  You must now apply directly to each school.  Not all of the nursery schools run dedicated open days.  Those who do will hold them during Spring term.  Others will be happy to arrange a visit for you.

Most of the schools are now offering up to 30 hours of childcare in some form and this will be free for those eligible for the Government's 30 hours free childcare scheme.  The format of the offering and number of places available varies by school and each has it's own eligibility criteria so you should discuss this option with each school.

Batford Nursery, Harpenden
www.batfordnursery.herts.sch.uk

Beech Hyde Primary School & Nursery, Wheathampstead
www.beechhyde.herts.sch.uk

Kimpton Primary School
www.kimpton.herts.sch.uk

Redbourn Primary School
www.redbournprimary.co.uk

Roundwood Primary School and Nursery, Harpenden
Socially-distanced tours of the school available.  Visit the website to book.
www.roundwoodprimary.herts.sch.uk

St Dominic RC School & Nursery, Harpenden
www.stdominic.herts.sch.uk

The Grove Infant and Nursery School, Harpenden
www.groveinfants.co.uk

The Lea Primary School & Nursery, Harpenden
www.lea-pri.herts.sch.uk

Wood End Primary School & Nursery, Harpenden
www.woodend.herts.sch.uk 

Other Nursery Schools Open Days

URC Preschool and Nursery, Harpenden
Friday 9th October 2020, 9am - 5pm
Friday 16th October 2020, 9am - 5pm
https://urcpreschool.com/open-day-tours

Primary Schools Open Days (alphabetical order)

Most Primary Schools now hold formal open events during school hours for prospective parents, typically in late Autumn term and early Winter term.  Booking your place is usually required as the schools can only accommodate a limited number of parents at each event.  Where no dates have been specified schools are usually happy to arrange a visit for you.

*** COVID-19 UPDATE: Due the ever-changing situation and guidelines the information below could be subject to change at any time.  Check the school websites for the latest information. ***

Beech Hyde Primary School, Wheathampstead
www.beechhyde.herts.sch.uk

Crabtree Infant School, Harpenden
Visit the website to book a place on a Propective Parent Virtual Tour taking place in November via Zoom.
www.crabtreeinfants.herts.sch.uk

Crabtree Junior School, Harpenden
www.crabtreejm.herts.sch.uk

Harpenden Academy
Monday 2nd November 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 4th November 2020, 9.15am
Monday 9th November 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 11th November 2020, 9.15am
Monday 16th November 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 18th November 2020, 9.15am
Monday 23rd November 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 25th November 2020, 9.15am
Monday 30th November 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 2nd December, 9.15am
Monday 7th December 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 9th December 2020, 9.15am
Monday 14th December 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 16th December 2020, 9.15am
Monday 11th January 2020, 9.15am
You will not be able to tour the school but you will have the opportunity to meet with the Headteacher and our EYFS Leader. You will be able to walk the corridors and to see some of the children's work. Book your place via the Admissions page on the school website. You can also visit the website for a Prospective Parents presentation on the Admissions page.
harpendenacademy.org

High Beeches School, Harpenden
No tour currently planned due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Visit the website to download the prospectus and view a short video.
www.highbeeches.herts.sch.uk

Kimpton Primary School
www.kimpton.herts.sch.uk

Manland Primary School, Harpenden
Date unconfirmed, but please visit the school website to register your interest in attending the Open Evening.
www.manland.herts.sch.uk

Redbourn Primary School
Currently unable you offer tours due to government guidelines.  If guidance does not change virtual information will be provided.  Check the website for latest information.
www.redbournprimary.co.uk

Roundwood Primary School, Harpenden
Socially-distanced tours of the school available. These will take place after school or on Saturdays and will be individual or small groups. Visit the website to book.
www.roundwoodprimary.herts.sch.uk

Sauncey Wood School, Harpenden
Monday 12th October 2020, 4.30pm - Prospective Parents Tour via Zoom
Monday 19th October 2020, 6pm - Prospective Parents Tour via Zoom
Tuesday 10th November 2030, 7pm - Prospective Parents Information Evening
Tuesday 24th November, 4pm - Prospective Parents Tour
Monday 30th November, 6pm - Prospective Parents Tour
www.saunceywood.herts.sch.uk
www.facebook.com/SaunceyWoodSchool

St Dominic RC School, Harpenden
www.stdominic.herts.sch.uk

St Helen’s CofE School, Wheathampstead
Information coming soon, please check the website.
www.sthelens.herts.sch.uk

St Nicholas CofE VA Primary School, Harpenden
Saturday 17th October 2020, 10am, 11am and 12pm
Friday 13th November 2020, 3.30pm
Saturday 14th November 2020, 10am, 11am and 12pm
Friday 8th January 2021, 3.30pm
Saturday 9th January 2021, 10am, 11am and 12pm
Book a place on the tour via [email protected]
stnicholasce.org

The Grove Infant and Nursery School, Harpenden
www.groveinfants.co.uk

The Grove Junior School, Harpenden
www.thegrovejunior.co.uk

The Lea Primary School, Harpenden
Wednesday 4th November 2020,  9.15am
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 9.15am
Friday 20th Novemeber 2020, 9,15am
Thursday 26th November 2020, 9.15am
Visit the admissions page on the school website to book a place.
https://lea-pri.herts.sch.uk/our-school/open-mornings/

Wood End School, Harpenden
School tours are currently under review. Check the school website for the latest information.
www.woodend.herts.sch.uk

Secondary School Open Evenings (alphabetical order)

Senior School open evenings take place in September/October, with the exception of Sandringham School who hold their main event in July, with informal tours available in autumn.  Booking is not required for the main Open Evenings, but Headteachers' talks will be ticketed on a first-come-first-serve basis on the night, and booking is likely to be required for additional tours.  Visit the school websites for more information.

*** COVID-19 UPDATE: Very few in person tours are taking place this year.  See below for details of those available and alternative virtual tours. ***

Beaumont School, St Albans
There will be no open evening or tours of the school.  Virtual resources are available on the website including the Headteacher’s speech.
www.beaumontschool.com

Katherine Warington School, Harpenden
Saturday 12th September 2020
Saturday 19th September 2020
Saturday 26th September 2020
Saturday 3rd October 2020
Saturday 10th October 2020
Saturday 17th October 2020
Self-guided tours ONLY for current Year 6 students and their immediate family.  Visit the website to book.  Virtual Tour also available on the website.
www.kwschool.co.uk

Loreto College, St Albans
Virtual Open Evening -  a series of short films about life at Loreto College available on the website.
www.loreto.herts.sch.uk

Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, St Albans
Virtual Open Evening on 8th October including films by the Headteacher and students and a live "Ask the Headteacher" Q&A at 6.45pm and 7.30pm.
nbs.herts.sch.uk

Roundwood Park School, Harpenden
Thursday 24th September 2020 - Virtual Open Evening.
Information is available on the website that will give you a flavour of the school.
www.roundwoodpark.co.uk

Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans
Thursday September 24th 2020 - Virtual Open Evening
Information available on the website including Headteacher's talk and a virtual tour of the school. 
www.samuelryderacademy.co.uk

Sandringham School, St Albans
Wednesday 9th September 2020, 6pm - Live Stream Open Evening speech via YouTube from Headteacher and students. 
Virtual Open Evening Material available on the Admissions page of the school website.
Open Mornings have been cancelled following the latest update on the restrictions to social gatherings. On 17th September at 9am there will be a live virtual tour with headmaster Alan Gray.
www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden
The school will be providing a range of information via our website to help you get a feel for the school.
Check back regularly for updates over the next few weeks including the head’s speech, faculty information and virtual tours of the school site.
www.sjl.herts.sch.uk

St Albans Girls’ School, St Albans
Virtual Tour available on the website as well as the Headmaster's Talk from the 2019 Open Evening.
Working Day tours (times vary):
14 - 16 September 2020
22 - 24 September 2020
28 - 30 September 2020
6 - 8 October 2020
12, 13 & 15 October 2020
Contact the school on 01727 853134 to book a place
www.stags.herts.sch.uk

St George’s School, Harpenden
Visit the website for information about the school including 360 degree tour and the school prospectus, with a talk from the Headmistress being added soon.
www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk

The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans 
Thursday 17th September 2020, 6.30pm - Live stream of Headmaster's Presentation on YouTube
Tours of the school available from Monday 14th September through until Friday 23rd October, all at 9am.  Call 01727 856874 to book a place.
www.themarlboroughscienceacademy.co.uk

Townsend Church of England School, St Albans
Virtual Open Day now available on the website.
www.townsend.herts.sch.uk

Verulam School, St Albans
Saturday 3rd October 2020 - Open Day Tours at 9am, 10.30am, 12pm & 1.30pm
Visit the website to book your place.
www.verulamschool.co.uk

Sixth Form Open Events (alphabetical order)

Sixth Form Open Events take place any time from October to January. Booking is not usually required for the main Open Evenings (listed first below), but Open Mornings, Tours and Information Evenings usually require booking so please contact the school to arrange an appointment.  Visit the school websites for more information.

Beaumont School, St Albans
www.beaumontschool.com

Loreto College, St Albans
www.loreto.herts.sch.uk

Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, St Albans
www.nicholasbreakspearschool.co.uk

Roundwood Park School, Harpenden
www.roundwoodpark.co.uk

Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans
www.samuelryderacademy.co.uk

Sandringham School, St Albans
www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden
www.sjl.herts.sch.uk

St Albans Girls’ School, St Albans
www.stags.herts.sch.uk

St George’s School, Harpenden
Visit the website for information about the school including 360 degree tour and the school prospectus, with a talk from the Headmistress being added soon.
www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk

The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans
www.themarlboroughscienceacademy.co.uk

Townsend Church of England School, St Albans
www.townsend.herts.sch.uk

Verulam School, St Albans
www.verulamschool.co.uk

University Technical Colleges Information Events (for entry into Y10 and Y12)

Watford UTC, Watford
www.watfordutc.org

Elstree UTC, Borehamwood
www.elstreeutc.co.uk

Independent Schools Open Days (alphabetical order)

This section includes open days for Nurseries, Pre-Prep, Prep Senior and Sixth Form offered by Independent Schools. Independent schools typically hold a number of Open Days throughout the year and many will be happy to arrange individual visits.   Open events usually require you to register your attendance in advance. 

*** COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that many of the open days will take place virtually at the moment. Where this has been confirmed we have indicated this.  Please check school website for the latest information ***

Abbots Hill School
Saturday 26 September 2020, 2pm – 4pm (Virtual Open Afternoon - Nursery, Prep & Senior School)
Friday 9 October 2020, 9.30am (Virtual Nursery & Prep Working Open Morning)
Friday 13 November  2020, 9.00am (Virtual Senior School Working Open Morning)
Complete the online form to attend.
Visit the school website to book a bespoke individual tour.
www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

Aldwickbury School
Please telephone the Registrar for details or to make a personal appointment on 01582 713022.
www.aldwickbury.org.uk

Beechwood Park School
Friday 16th October 2020 (Virtual Open Morning)
Friday 12th February 2021
Please register your attendance on the website.
www.beechwoodpark.com

Berkhamsted School 
Monday 21st September 2020, 6.30pm (Virtual Open Evening - Boys)
Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 6.30pm (Virtual Open Evening - Boys & Girls)
Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 6.30pm (Virtual Open Evening - Sixth Form)
Thursday 1st October 2020, 7pm (Virtual Open Evening - Pre-prep, Prep & Heatherton)
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 10am (Virtual Open Morning - Pre-prep, Prep & Heatherton)
Visit the website to book your place.
www.berkhamsted.com

Lockers Park School
Saturday 10th October 2020, 10am - 12pm
Visit the website to book your place.
www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk

Princess Helena College (Whole School)
Saturday 26 September 2020, 10am – 1pm (Virtual Open Morning - Whole School)
Tuesday 29 September, 6pm – 8pm (Virtual Open Evening - Sixth Form)
Please book via the website
www.princesshelenacollege.co.uk

St Albans High School for Girls
Thursday 24th September 2020 (Prep School Visit)
Friday 25th September 2020 (Prep School Visit)
Wednesday 30th September 2020 (Virtual Open Evening - Sixth Form)
Friday 2nd October 2020 (Prep School Visit)
Saturday 10th October 2020 (Virtual Open Morning - Senior School)
Thursday 5th November 2020 (Senior School Snapshot Session)
Friday 6th November 2020 (Prep School Snapshot Session)
Friday 13th November 2020 (Senior School Snapshot Session)
Please visit the website to book your place on one of these events or to book an individual tour.
www.stahs.org.uk

St Albans School
Visit the website to see the Virtual Open Morning.
Wednesday 23rd September 2020 (Virtual 16+ Q&A session)
Tuesday 29th September 2020 (Virtual 16+ Q&A session)
Thursday 8th October 2020 (Virtual 16+ Q&A session)
Visit the website to book a place on the 16+ Q&A sessions.
www.st-albans.herts.sch.uk

St Columba’s College
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 9am - 12pm (Virtual Open Morning - Prep, Senior & Sixth Form)
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 6 - 9pm (Sixth Form Preview Evening)
Please register via the website
www.stcolumbascollege.org

St Hilda's School
Saturday 14th November 2020: 10am - 12pm
Please visit the website to book a place.
www.sthildasharpenden.co.uk

The King's School
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 9.30am - 12pm
Please book your appointment via the website.
www.thekingsschool.com


Further Education 16+ (Not Sixth Form)

Oaklands College, Welwyn Campus
www.oaklands.ac.uk

Oaklands College, St Albans Campus
www.oaklands.ac.uk

West Herts College, Hemel Hempstead & Kings Langley
www.westherts.ac.uk

West Herts College, Watford
www.westherts.ac.uk 

Special Education Needs Schools Open Days

St Luke’s School
Parents and families are invited in small groups to tour the school to see a normal morning in class. These run each month - the second Tuesday of the month. Please book through the school reception 01582 626727. You can also attend a Friday assembly to give you a real sense of the ethos of the school. This is a celebratory assembly with singing, awards and pupils' full participation. Great fun and you don't need to book - just turn up on a Friday afternoon for a 2.30pm start.
www.stlukes.herts.sch.uk