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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)

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 timetable for the 2021 Admissions process is:

1st February 2021: Applications open
1st March 2021: Deadline for applications at 12pm
15th March 2021: Schools will write to parents to offer places
22nd March 2021: Deadline to accept or decline places offered

Due to COVID-19 there are not plans for any visits at this time but many of the schools have virtual tours on their websites and some are holding virtual meetings (see below).  Visit the websites to find out more about each school and the individual arrangements for making your application.

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
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 at 9.15am 
Thursday 3rd February 2022 at 9.15am 
Tuesday 22nd February 2022 at 9.15am
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
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
www.highbeeches.herts.sch.uk

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

Manland Primary School, Harpenden
www.manland.herts.sch.uk

Redbourn Primary School
www.redbournprimary.co.uk

Roundwood Primary School, Harpenden
www.roundwoodprimary.herts.sch.uk

Sauncey Wood School, Harpenden
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
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 2021, 10am
Book a place on a tour via [email protected] or 01582 623620.
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, 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
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
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, 6 - 9pm
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 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
Thursday 5th November 2020 7pm, BeauSandVer Trust Virtual Information Evening
The presentation is available on the school website.
www.beaumontschool.com

Loreto College, St Albans
Visit the website for their virtual open evening.
www.loreto.herts.sch.uk

Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, St Albans
nbs.herts.sch.uk

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

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

Sandringham School, St Albans
Thursday 5th November 2020 7pm, BeauSandVer Trust Virtual Information Evening
The presentation is available on the school website.
www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

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

St Albans Girls’ School, St Albans
Wednesday 4th November - Online information evening
External open mornings:
Thursday 26th November 2020, 9.15am
Tuesday 2nd February 2021, 9.15am
Wednesday 10th March 2021, 9.15am
Email post16:@stags.herts.sch.uk to register your interest
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, and a talk from the Headmistress.
Opportunities at 16+ Evening will be held in January 2021 by appointment only (general and subject specific talk - no tours of the School).  Full details available in the Sixth Form Application Packs.
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
Thursday 5th November 2020 7pm, BeauSandVer Trust Virtual Information Evening
The presentation is available on the website.
www.verulamschool.co.uk

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

Watford UTC, Watford
Information Events for Year 10 and Year 12 Entry will be scheduled in the Spring Term 2021.
www.watfordutc.org

Elstree Screen Arts, Borehamwood
No open events upcoming, but a virtual tour is available on the website.
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
Saturday 6 March 2021, 10am (Virtual Open Day - Whole School)
Friday 12 March 2021, 9.30am (Virtual Prep Working Open Morning)
Thursday 10 June 2021, 9.30am (Virtual Prep Working Open Morning)
Friday 12 March 2021, 9.30am (Virtual Prep Working Open Morning)
Wednesday 19 May 2021, 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
Parents can arrange a personal tour of the school which will include time spent with both the Headmaster and the Head of Pre-Prep.  This will be arranged safely and  in line with our Covid guidelines. We can also arrange a Zoom call with the Headmaster if you  are unable to attend in person. 
Please telephone the Registrar  to make a personal appointment on 01582 713022. You can also email on [email protected] 
www.aldwickbury.org.uk

Beechwood Park School
Friday 28th May 2021, 9.30am - 12noon (Open Morning)
Friday 15th October 2021, 9.30am - 12noon (Open Morning)
Please register your attendance on the website.
www.beechwoodpark.com

Berkhamsted School 
Wednesday 3rd March 2021, 7pm (Virtual Open Evening - Heatherton)
Thursday 4th March 2021, 7pm (Virtual Open Evening - Pre-prep)
Thursday 4th March 2021, 8pm (Virtual Open Evening - Prep)
Wednesday 17th March 2021, 7pm (Virtual Open Evening - Girls)
Wednesday 17th March 2021, 8pm (Virtual Open Evening - Boys)
Thursday 18th March 2021, 7pm (Virtual Open Evening - Sixth Form)
Visit the website to book your place.
www.berkhamsted.com

Lockers Park School
Saturday 13th March 2021, 10am (Virtual Open Morning)
Visit the website to book your place.
www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk

Princess Helena College
Saturday 6th March 2021, 10am  (Virtual Open Morning)
Please book via the website
www.princesshelenacollege.co.uk

St Albans High School for Girls
Friday 28th May 2021 (Virtual Open Day)
Friday 23rd April 2021 (Senior & Sixth Form Snapshot Session)
Friday 24th June 2021 (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
Hoping to run events in the Autumn.
www.stalbanscollege.co.uk 

St Albans School
Visit the website to see the Virtual Open Morning.
Dates for the 2021 Q&A sessions will be released soon.  Please check the website.
www.st-albans.herts.sch.uk

St Columba’s College
Friday 26th February 2021 9am (Prep 'Stay & Play' Morning)
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 4.30pm (Virtual Prep School Open Afternoon)
Friday 11th June 2021, 8.25am - 12pm (Open School Working Day)
Saturday 2nd October 2021, 9am - 12pm (Whole School Open Morning)
Please register via the website
www.stcolumbascollege.org

St Hilda's School
Saturday 6th March 2021, 10am
Please contact the school office at [email protected] for more information.
www.sthildasharpenden.co.uk

The King's School
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 9.30am - 12pm (TBC due to National Lockdown)
Please ring 01582 767566 or email [email protected] for more information.
www.thekingsschool.com


Further Education 16+ (Not Sixth Form)

Oaklands College, St Albans & Welwyn
13th & 14th April 2021, 4-7pm - Virtual Open Day
Register your interest via the website.
www.oaklands.ac.uk

West Herts College, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley & Watford
3rd March 2021 - Digital Open Day
Register on the website 
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 

 

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