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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
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)

Unlike schools, applying for a Local Authority Nursery School place is not a centralised process run by Herts County Council.  You must 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.

The Nursery schools in the Harpenden Schools Consortium, which includes all the schools listed below, co-ordinate their admissions process. The timeline for applications for admission to Nursery for the 2022/23 academic year is:

31st January 2022 - Applications open
7th March 2022 - Application deadline
21st March 2022 - Offers will be made
28th March 2022 - Last date for accepting an offer.

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
Tuesday 18th January 2022, 9.30am
Wednesday 26th January 2022, 1.30pm
Thursday 3rd February 2022, 1.30pm
Monday 7th February 2022, 10.30am
Friday 25th February 2022, 10am
www.redbournprimary.co.uk

Roundwood Primary School and Nursery, Harpenden
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
lea-pri.herts.sch.uk

Wood End Primary School & Nursery, Harpenden
Thursday 20th January 2022, 9.15am 
Thursday 3rd February 2022, 9.15am 
Tuesday 22nd February 2022, 9.15am
www.woodend.herts.sch.uk 

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
Please telephone the school on 01582 832661 to make an appointment to visit.
A virtual tour is also available on the school website.
www.beechhyde.herts.sch.uk

Crabtree Infant School, Harpenden
Wednesday 24th November 2021, 9.15am - 10.15am
Wednesday 24th November 2021, 10.30am - 11.30am
Thursday 25th November 2021, 9.15am - 10.15am
Thursday 25th November 2021, 10.30am - 11.30am
Book a place via the school website. We are unable to confirm whether the sessions will take place virtually or in person at the school.  You will be notified nearer the time.
www.crabtreeinfants.herts.sch.uk

Crabtree Junior School, Harpenden
Wednesday 24th November 2021
Thursday 25th November 2021
To arrange a visit, please telephone the School Office 01582 623501.
www.crabtreejm.herts.sch.uk

Harpenden Academy
Tuesday 2nd November 2021, 9.15am
Thursday 4th November 2021, 1.30pm
Tuesday 9th November 2021, 9.15am
Thursday 11th November 2021, 1.30pm
Tuesday 16th November 2021, 9.15am
Thursday 18th November 2021, 1.30pm
Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 9.15am
Thursday 25th November 2021, 1.30pm
Tuesday 30th November 2021, 9.15am
Thursday 2nd December 2021, 1.30pm
Tuesday 7th December 2021, 9.15am
Tuesday 14th December 2021, 9.15am
Thursday 6th January 2022, 1.30pm
Tuesday 11th January 2022, 9.15pm
Thursday 13th January 2022, 1.30pm
Please visit the school website for the booking form.
harpendenacademy.org

High Beeches School, Harpenden
Tuesday 9 November 2021, 9:30am
Wednesday 17 November 2021, 9:30am
Thursday 25 November 2021, 9:30am
Please visit the website and use the online form on the New Parents page to book your place.
www.highbeeches.herts.sch.uk

Kimpton Primary School
See the school website for a virtual tour.
www.kimpton.herts.sch.uk

Manland Primary School, Harpenden
Monday 8th November 2021, 9.30am
Monday 15th November 2021, 6.30pm
Please complete the enquiry form on the website to book a place.
www.manland.herts.sch.uk

Redbourn Primary School
Friday 5th November 2021, 9.30am
Monday 15th November 2021, 1.30pm
Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 9.30am
Friday 3rd December 2021, 9.30am
Wednesday 8th December 2021, 1.30pm
Thursday 16th December 2021, 2pm
Monday 10th January 2022, 10.30am
Please phone the School Office on 01582 792341 to book your place. 
www.redbournprimary.co.uk

Roundwood Primary School, Harpenden
Wednesday 24th November 2021, 1pm
Wednesday 15th December 2021,  1pm
Wednesday 12th January 2022, 1pm
Visit the website to book your place.
www.roundwoodprimary.herts.sch.uk

Sauncey Wood School, Harpenden
Tuesday 19th October 2021, 9.30am
Friday 22nd October 2021, 1.30pm
Tuesday 16th November 2021, 1.30pm
Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 9.30am
Prospective Parents Information Evening 11th November 2021, 7.00pm
Please call the school office (01582 621514) or email [email protected] to book your space.
www.saunceywood.herts.sch.uk
www.facebook.com/SaunceyWoodSchool

St Dominic RC School, Harpenden
Thursday 11 November 2021, 9.30am
Tuesday 16 November 2021, 9.30am
Thursday 25 November 2021 9.30am
Please book your place on the Open Morning using the online form on the website or call the office on 01582 760047
www.stdominic.herts.sch.uk

St Helen’s CofE School, Wheathampstead
Wednesday 17th November 2021
Appointments will be available throughout the day. Please telephone the school office on 01582 832106 to book an appointment.
www.sthelens.herts.sch.uk

St Nicholas CofE VA Primary School, Harpenden
Tuesday 5th October 2021, 9.30am
Saturday 11th December 2021, 10am
Saturday 8th January 2022, 10am
Book a place on a tour via [email protected] or 01582 623620.
stnicholasce.org

The Grove Infant and Nursery School, Harpenden
Tuesday 16th November 2021, 9.15am
Thursday 18th November 2021, 9.15am
Friday 26th November 2021, 9.15am
Monday 29th November 2021, 9.15am
Tuesday 7th December 2021, 9.15am
If you would like to book a place, please visit the website and use the tour booking form link.
www.groveinfants.co.uk

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

The Lea Primary School, Harpenden
Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 9.15-10.15am
Tuesday, 9th November 2021, 9.15-10.15am
Friday, 19th November 2021, 9.15-10.15am
Thursday, 25th November 2021, 9.15-10.15am
If you’d like to book onto one of the sessions, please fill in the form on the website or call the school on 01582 767939.
lea-pri.herts.sch.uk

Wood End School, Harpenden
Thursday 18th November 2021 at 9.30am
Tuesday 23rd November 2021 at 9.30am 
Wednesday 12th January 2022 at 9.30am 
www.woodend.herts.sch.uk

Secondary School Open Evenings (alphabetical order)

Senior School open evenings take place in September/October, 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: Please note that due to the current circumstances any of the events listed below could be subject to change at short notice.  We will do our best to update when changes occur but please check school websites or contact the schools for the latest information***

Beaumont School, St Albans
Wednesday 6th October 2021, 5.45 - 8.45pm
Headteacher's talks: 6pm, 6.40pm, 7.20pm and 8pm in the Hall (by ticket on arrival).
Morning tours: Friday 8 Oct 2021, Monday 11 Oct and Tuesday 12 Oct 2021 (appointments can be made on the evening of 6 Oct 2021).

www.beaumontschool.com

Katherine Warington School, Harpenden
Saturday 11th September 2021, 10am - 2pm
www.kwschool.co.uk

Loreto College, St Albans
Tuesday 28th September 2021, 6 - 9pm
www.loreto.herts.sch.uk

Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, St Albans
Thursday 7 October 2021, 6pm.
Open mornings will be held week commencing 11 and 18 October 2021.
nbs.herts.sch.uk

Roundwood Park School, Harpenden
Thursday 30th September 2021 , 5.30 - 8.30pm
Headteacher's talks at 5.15pm, 5.45pm, 6.15pm, 6.45pm and 7.15pm.  Book your tickets (max 3 per family) on the website.
www.roundwoodpark.co.uk

Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans
Thursday 30 September 2021, 6 - 9pm 
www.samuelryderacademy.co.uk

Sandringham School, St Albans
Monday 13th September 2021, 5.45 - 8.45pm
Headteacher’s Speeches - SandPit Theatre: 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm and 8.15pm. Tickets available at event / in advance by contacting the school.
Open Morning Tours: 15 Sept, 27 Sept, 30 Sept and 1 Oct 2021, 9-10.45am. Appointments must be booked in advance.
www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden
Wednesday 6th October 2021, 5-9pm - Book your arrival slot online.  UPDATE - all tickets have now been allocated but please check the website for updates.
Day visits will be available 8-15 October 9.00am. Online booking available now.
www.sjl.herts.sch.uk

St Albans Girls’ School, St Albans
Thursday 7 October 2021, 3 - 7pm
See the website for dates/times of Working Day Tours and details of how to book.
www.stags.herts.sch.uk

St George’s School, Harpenden
Friday 1st October 2021, 5.30 - 8.30pm
The Headmistress will speak at 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm and 8pm. Tickets will be available on the night.
Prefect guided day tours Tuesday 5 October 2021 at 9am or 11.30am.
www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk

The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans 
Thursday 23rd September 2021, 5.30 - 8.30pm
The Headteacher and Student Leader's talks are at 5.45, 6.45 and 7.45pm.
Tours of the school will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 27th Sept – 22nd Oct bookable at or following the Open Evening on 01727 856874.
www.themarlboroughscienceacademy.co.uk

Townsend Church of England School, St Albans
Wednesday 22 September 2021, 6pm Headteacher’s talks at 6.15pm and 7.15pm - by ticket on arrival.
Open Days (if possible) - on site tours by appointment from 27 September – 8 October 2021. 
www.townsend.herts.sch.uk

Verulam School, St Albans
Monday 27th September 2021, 5 - 9pm
The Headteacher will speak at 5.30pm, 6.45pm and 7.45pm.
Open Week tours from Monday 4th October for 3 weeks at 9am daily.
Please contact [email protected] or 01727 766100 if you have questions or wish to book a place on a tour.
www.verulamschool.co.uk

Sixth Form Open Events (alphabetical order)

Sixth Form Open Events take place any time from October to January. Booking is usually required for Open Mornings, Tours and Information Evenings so please check the websites for more information.  Applications are made to each Sixth Form individually and deadlines differ so check with each school you are interested in to ensure you get your application in on time.

Beaumont School, St Albans
'Into the Sixth Form' Evening: Tuesday 18th January 6 - 8pm
www.beaumontschool.com

Loreto College, St Albans
Not allowing any tours of the school at present.
If you wish further information about the Sixth Form, please contact Mrs Tweeddale ([email protected]) and to arrange a telephone appointment.
www.loreto.herts.sch.uk

Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, St Albans
Please contact Mr C. Laing (Head of Sixth form [email protected]) or Mrs Westerdale (Sixth form manager [email protected]) if you are interested in joining. You are welcome to come in for a meeting where you can meet the Sixth form team, tour the school, observe some Sixth form lessons and meet current sixth form teachers and students.
nbs.herts.sch.uk

Roundwood Park School, Harpenden
6th Form Information Evening (Online): Thursday 13th January 2022 - live from 5pm
www.roundwoodpark.co.uk

Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans
Post-16 Information Evening: Thursday 25 November 2021, 6-8pm. 
www.samuelryderacademy.co.uk

Sandringham School, St Albans
Into the Sixth Form Open Evening: Tuesday 11th January 2022, 6.30pm
www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden
Post 16 Information Evening (Online): Wednesday 12 January 2022
www.sjl.herts.sch.uk

St Albans Girls’ School, St Albans
Open Mornings for potential external applicants:
Tuesday 30th November
Tuesday 18th January
Wednesday 2nd March
For more information, please email [email protected]
www.stags.herts.sch.uk

St George’s School, Harpenden
6th Form Information Evening: Tuesday 11th January 2022
www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk

The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans
Please contact Mrs Battams on 01727 731371 to arrange a virtual tour.
www.themarlboroughscienceacademy.co.uk

Townsend Church of England School, St Albans
Application can be made by contacting our Head of Post 16 Education (Years 12/13) at the school to arrange an appointment.
For an application form, please e-mail the school office at: [email protected]
www.townsend.herts.sch.uk

Verulam School, St Albans
Open Evening (Online): Thursday 13th January, 7pm
www.verulamschool.co.uk

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

Watford UTC, Watford
www.watfordutc.org

Elstree Screen Arts, Borehamwood
18th November 2021, From 5pm.
Keep an eye on the website for details on how to book your space.
esaacademy.org

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
Friday 4th February 2022, 9.30 - 11am (Pre-prep Stay & Play)
Saturday 5 March 2022, 10am - 12noon (Whole School Open Morning)
Friday 11 March 2022, 9.30 - 11.30am (Nursery and Prep Open Morning)
Tuesday 3 May 2022,  9 - 11am (Senior School in Action)
Thursday 19 May 2022, 9.30 - 11.30am (Nursery and Prep Open Morning)
Friday 10 June 2022, 9.30 - 11.30am (Nursery and Prep 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
Friday 6th May 2022, 9.30 - 11.30am
Please telephone the Registrar on 01582 713022 or email on [email protected] to make an appointment to attend.
www.aldwickbury.org.uk

Beechwood Park School
Friday 11th February 2022, 9.30am - 12noon (Open Morning)
Please register your attendance on the website.
www.beechwoodpark.com

Berkhamsted School 
Saturday 26th February 2022 (Berkhamsted Pre-Prep)
Saturday 26th February 2022 (Berkhamsted Prep)
Friday 18th March 2022 (Heatherton)
Wednesday 21st September 2022 (Berkhamsted Boys)
Friday 23rd September 2022 (Berkhamsted Girls)
Friday 16th September 2022 (Berkhamsted Sixth Form)
Visit the website to book your place.
www.berkhamsted.com

Lockers Park School
Saturday 19th March 2022, 10am-12pm
Visit the website to book your place.
www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk

St Albans High School for Girls
Friday 11th March 2022, 10am - 12noon (Prep School Open Morning)
Friday 18th March 2022, 9.30 - 11am (Senior & Sixth Form Snapshot Session)
Friday 29th April 2022, 9.30 - 11am (Senior & Sixth Form 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 Independent College
Saturday 20th November 2021, 9.30am -12.30pm
www.stalbanscollege.co.uk 

St Albans School
Saturday 30 April 2022 (11+ and 13+ Open Morning)
Visit the website to register to attend.
www.st-albans.herts.sch.uk

St Columba’s College
Friday 28th January, 9.15 - 11.30am (Prep School Open Morning)
Please register via the website
www.stcolumbascollege.org

St Hilda's School
Saturday 5th March 2022
Complete the form on the website or contact the admissions office on 01582 712307 or [email protected] to register to attend.
www.sthildasharpenden.co.uk

The King's School
Tuesday 1st March 2022, 9:30am -12noon
Please call 01582 767566 to book your arrival time
www.thekingsschool.com


Further Education 16+ (Not Sixth Form)

Oaklands College, St Albans Campus
13th November 2021, 10am - 2pm
Register your interest via the website.
www.oaklands.ac.uk

Oaklands College, Welwyn Campus
10th November 2021, 5-8pm
Register your interest via the website.
www.oaklands.ac.uk

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

Special Education Needs Schools Open Days

St Luke’s School
Under normal circumstances you would be welcome to visit the school on one of their monthly Open Mornings. Unfortunately at the moment they are unable to run these as usual. Visit the website to view a video to get a taste of what the school is all about and to see the propsectus. 
www.stlukes.herts.sch.uk 

 

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