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Open Days: Nursery, School, Sixth Form & Further Education

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.

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. 

Jump to:
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.

The timeline for admissions for 2020/21 for schools in the Harpenden and District Schools Group is:

Applications open: Monday 3rd February 2020
Applications close: Monday 2nd March 2020
Offers made: Monday 16th March 2020
Acceptance deadline: Monday 23rd March 2020

Please contact each school for information on how to apply.

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
Batford Nursery is not part of the Harpenden and District Schools Group so please contact them for more information about their applications timeline.
Call 01582 713872 to book a place on the Open Morning:
Saturday 8th February 2020,10am -12pm.
www.batfordnursery.herts.sch.uk

Beech Hyde Primary School & Nursery
Please call the school on 01582 832661 to make an appointment.
www.beechhyde.herts.sch.uk

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

Redbourn Primary School
Wednesday 5th February 2020, 9.30am
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 9.30am
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 2pm
Friday 28th February 2020, 9.30am
Please call the office on 01582 792341 or email [email protected] to reserve a place. 
www.redbournprimary.co.uk

Roundwood Primary School and Nursery
Thursday 16th January 2020, 9:30am
Wednesday 5th February 2020, 9:30am
Wednesday 26th February 2020, 9:30am
Please visit the school website, click the link at the top of the page and complete the form to book your place.
www.roundwoodprimary.herts.sch.uk

St Dominic RC School & Nursery
Thursday 6th February 2020, 10am
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 10am
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 10am
Please call the school on 01582 760047 to book a place
www.stdominic.herts.sch.uk

The Grove Infant and Nursery School
Thursday 30th January 2020, 9.30am
Thursday 6th February 2020, 9.30am
Friday 7th February 2020, 9.30am
Thursday 13th February 2020, 9.30am
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 9.30am
To book a place visit the Admissions page on the school website and click on the Nursery Tours Booking Form link.
www.groveinfants.co.uk

The Lea Primary School & Nursery
Wednesday 26th February 2020, 9.15am
Visit the school website to book your place.
www.lea-pri.herts.sch.uk

Wood End Primary School & Nursery
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 9.15am & 2pm
Thursday 6th February 2020, 9.15am & 2pm
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 9.15am
Please call the School Office on 01582 761636 to book a place on a tour.
www.woodend.herts.sch.uk 

Other Nursery Schools Open Days

URC Preschool and Nursery 
Saturday 5th October 2019, 10am -2pm
Or call 07480 369531 to make an appointment any other time.
www.urcpreschool.com

Lynmore House Nursery 
Saturday 28th September 2019, 10am - 2pm
Call 01582 764172 to book a showround or turn up on the day.
www.threelittlebirdsnurseries.co.uk/lynmore-nursery-harpenden/

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.

Beech Hyde Primary School
Please telephone the school to make an appointment on 01582 832661
www.beechhyde.herts.sch.uk

Crabtree Infant School
Wednesday 13th November 2019, 9.15am & 10.30am 
Wednesday 20th November 2019, 9.15am & 10.30am 
Thursday 28th November 2019, 9.15am & 10.30am
Thursday 9th January 2020, 9.15am
Call 01582 623597 to book.
www.crabtreeinfants.herts.sch.uk

Crabtree Junior School
To arrange a visit, please telephone the School Office 01582 623501
www.crabtreejm.herts.sch.uk

Harpenden Academy
Tuesday 5 November 2019, 9.15am
Tuesday 12 November 2019, 9.15am
Thursday 21 November 2019, 1.45pm
Tuesday 26 November 2019, 9.15am
Thursday 5 December 2019, 1.45pm
Wednesday 11 December 2019, 9.15am
Thursday 9 January 2020, 1.45pm
Please ring the school office on 01582 716910 to book your school tour.
harpendenacademy.org

High Beeches School
Tuesday 12th November 2019, 9.30am
Thursday 21st November 2019, 9.30am
Wednesday 4th December 2019, 9.30am
Please telephone the school office on 01582 767966 to book a place.
www.highbeeches.herts.sch.uk

Kimpton Primary School
Please contact the school office on 01438 832394 to arrange an appointment.
www.kimpton.herts.sch.uk

Manland Primary School
Wednesday 16th October 2019, 10am
Thursday 14th November 2019, 10am & 7pm
www.manland.herts.sch.uk

Redbourn Primary School
Monday 11th November 2019, 2pm
Tuesday 19th November 2019, 9.30am
Thursday 21st November 2019, 2pm
Thursday 28th November 2019, 9.30am
Friday 6th December 2019, 9.30am
Please call the school office on 01582 792341 to reserve a space.
www.redbournprimary.co.uk

Roundwood Primary School
Wednesday 6th November 2019,  9:30am
Tuesday 26th November 2019,  9:30am
Wednesday 8th January 2019, 9:30am
Please visit the school website to book your place.
www.roundwoodprimary.herts.sch.uk

Sauncey Wood School
Main Tours with Headteacher Talk:
Tuesday 23rd October 2019, 9.30am
Thursday 25th October 2019, 7pm
Informal Tours:
Tuesday 6th November 2019, 9.30am
Tuesday 13th November 2019, 1.30pm
Tuesday 20th November 2019. 9.30am
Tuesday 27th November 2019, 1.30pm
Please contact the school office on 01582 621514 to register your attendance.
www.saunceywood.herts.sch.uk
www.facebook.com/SaunceyWoodSchool

St Dominic RC School
Wednesday 6th November 2019, 9.15am
Thursday 21st November 2019, 9.15am
Tuesday 10 December 2019, 9.15am
Wednesday 8 January 2020, 9.15am
Please telephone the school office on 01582 760047 to make an appointment for one of these dates.
www.stdominic.herts.sch.uk

St Helen’s CofE School
Please contact the school office on 01582 832106 or email [email protected] to make an appointment.
www.sthelens.herts.sch.uk

St Nicholas CofE VA Primary School
Friday 18th October 2019, 9.30am
Wednesday 4th December 2019, 1.15pm
Saturday 7th December 2019, 10.30am
Friday 10th January 2020, 9.30am.  
stnicholasce.org

The Grove Infant and Nursery School
Friday 8th November 2019, 9.15
Tuesday 12th November 2019, 9.15am
Thursday 21st November 2019, 9.15am
Friday 29th November 2019, 9.15am
Thursday 5th December 2019, 9.15am
Please visit the school website to book your place.
www.groveinfants.co.uk

The Grove Junior School
Contact the school on 01582 760031
www.thegrovejunior.co.uk

The Lea Primary School
Wednesday 6th November 2019, 9.15am
Wednesday 27th November 2019, 9.15am
Visit the school website to book.
www.lea-pri.herts.sch.uk

Wood End School
Thursday 7th November 2019, 9.15am
Tuesday 19th November 2019, 9.15am
Thursday 9th January 2020, 9.15am
Please call the School Office on 01582 761636 to book a place on a tour.
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.

Beaumont School, St Albans
Wednesday 7th October 2020, 5.45 - 8.45pm
www.beaumontschool.com

Katherine Warington School, Harpenden (opening September 2019)
www.kwschool.co.uk

Loreto College, St Albans
Tuesday 29th September 2020, 6-9pm
www.loreto.herts.sch.uk

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

Roundwood Park School, Harpenden
Thursday 24th September 2020
www.roundwoodpark.co.uk

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

Sandringham School, St Albans
Monday 6th July 2020 - CANCELLED
Virtual Open Evening Material will be uploaded to the Admissions page of the school website on 15th July and 4th September
Open Mornings will go ahead on 15th, 16th & 28th September, 1st & 2nd October 2020. Phone the school (01727 799560) for a booking, asking for Mrs. Cracknell on reception from 1st day of term in September.
www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

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

St Albans Girls’ School, St Albans
Thursday 1st October 2020, 6-9pm
Working Day tours by arrangement after the Open Evening.
www.stags.herts.sch.uk

St George’s School, Harpenden
Friday 2nd October 2020
www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk

The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans
Thursday 17th September 2020
www.themarlboroughscienceacademy.co.uk

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

Verulam School, St Albans
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 9th January 2020, 6-8.45pm
Tours by appointment: Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th January 2020
BeauSandVer Information Evening:
Thursday 7th November 2019, 7pm at Sandringham School and 8pm at Verulam School
www.beaumontschool.com

Loreto College, St Albans
Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 6.30pm
Open Morning: Wednesday 5th February 2020, 11.15am
www.loreto.herts.sch.uk

Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, St Albans
Wednesday 13th November 2019, 6pm
Open Mornings w/c 11th November 2019.
www.nicholasbreakspearschool.co.uk

Roundwood Park School, Harpenden
Tuesday 14th January 2020, 6 - 8.15pm
Open Mornings:
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 9am
Wednesday 29th January 2020, 9am
www.roundwoodpark.co.uk

Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans
Thursday 28th November 2019, 6-8pm
Open Mornings: Wednesday 4th December 2019 & Wednesday 20th January 2020
www.samuelryderacademy.co.uk

Sandringham School, St Albans
Thursday 16th January 2020, 6.30pm
Open Mornings:
Monday 27th January 2020, 9am - 10.45am
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 9am - 10.45am
Thursday 7th November 2019, 7pm at Sandringham School and 8pm at Verulam School
www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden
Thursday 16th January 2020, 6.30pm
Open Mornings: Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st January 2020, 9 - 10am
www.sjl.herts.sch.uk

St Albans Girls’ School, St Albans
Wednesday 6th November 2019, 7-9pm
Open Mornings:
Tuesday 19th November 2019, 9.15am
Friday 24th January 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 11th March 2020, 9.15am
www.stags.herts.sch.uk

St George’s School, Harpenden
Friday 4th October 2019, 6-8.30pm
Opportunities at 16+ Evening: January 2020 - by appointment only
www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk

The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans
Monday 25th November 2019, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Open Mornings: Friday 15th November to Thursday 19th December 2019, 9am -10am
www.themarlboroughscienceacademy.co.uk

Townsend Church of England School, St Albans
Thursday 14th November 2019, 7pm
Open Afternoon: Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 11.15am - 1.15pm.
www.townsend.herts.sch.uk

Verulam School, St Albans
Wednesday 15th January 2020, 7pm
Opening Morning: Tuesday 21st January 2020, 9.15am
Thursday 7th November 2019, 7pm at Sandringham School and 8pm at Verulam School
www.verulamschool.co.uk

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

Watford UTC, Watford
Thursday 17th October 2019, 3.30pm
Monday 18th November 2019, 9.30am
Thursday 30th January  2020, 3.30pm
Thursday 27th February 2020, 3.30pm
Monday 23rd March 2020, 9.30am
Thursday 14th May 2020, 3.30pm
Please book your place by visiting the website.
www.watfordutc.org

Elstree UTC, Borehamwood
Wednesday 3rd October 2019, 6-8pm
The event is open to all, but please visit the website to book tickets to the Principal’s talk.
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. 

Abbots Hill School (Whole school)
Saturday 26 September 2020, 2pm – 4pm (last tours begin at 3.30pm)
Saturday 6 March 2021, 10am – 12pm (last tours begin at 11.30am)
Complete the online form to attend.
www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

Abbots Hill School (Nursery & Prep)
Book a viewing of the Nursery & Prep virtual tour.
www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

Abbots Hill School (Prep School Working Open Events)
Friday 9 October 2020, 9.30am
Friday 12 March 2021, 9.30am
Monday 17 May 2021, 9.30am
Thursday 10 June 021, 9.30am
Places are limited so booking is required.
www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

Abbots Hill School (Senior School Working Open Events)
Friday 13 November  2020, 9.00am
Tuesday 4 May 2021, 9.00am
Places are limited so booking is required.
www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

Aldwickbury School
Friday 4th October 2019
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
Please register your attendance on the website.
www.beechwoodpark.com

Berkhamsted School (Day Nursery, Pre-Prep, Prep)
Details of virtual open events in September & October will be available soon.
www.berkhamsted.com

Berkhamsted School (Senior Boys & Girls)
Details of virtual open events in September & October will be available soon.
www.berkhamsted.com

Berkhamsted School (Sixth Form)
Details of virtual open events in September & October will be available soon.
www.berkhamsted.com

Lockers Park School
www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk

Princess Helena College (Whole School)
Saturday 26 September 2020, 10am – 1pm
Please book via the website
www.princesshelenacollege.co.uk

Princess Helena College (Sixth Form)
Tuesday 29 September, 6pm – 8pm
Please book via the website
www.princesshelenacollege.co.uk

St Albans High School for Girls (Prep School)
Friday 2nd October 2020
www.stahs.org.uk

St Albans High School for Girls (Senior School)
Wednesday 1st July 2020 (Digital Open Event)
Saturday 10th October 2020
www.stahs.org.uk

St Albans High School for Girls (Sixth Form)
Wednesday 30th September 2020
www.stahs.org.uk

St Albans School (Senior School)
www.st-albans.herts.sch.uk

St Albans School (Sixth Form)
www.st-albans.herts.sch.uk

St Columba’s College (Whole School)
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 9am - 12pm
Please register via the website
www.stcolumbascollege.org

St Columba’s College (Sixth Form)
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 6 - 9pm
Please register via the website
www.stcolumbascollege.org

St Hilda's School
Please contact our school office to arrange a viewing of our virtual tour [email protected]
www.sthildasharpenden.co.uk

The King's School
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 9.30am - 12pm
www.thekingsschool.com


Further Education 16+ (Not Sixth Form)

Oaklands College, Welwyn Campus
Wednesday 5th February 2020, 5-8pm
www.oaklands.ac.uk

Oaklands College, St Albans Campus
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5-8pm
www.oaklands.ac.uk

West Herts College, Hemel Hempstead & Kings Langley
Saturday 29th February 2020, 9.30am
www.westherts.ac.uk

West Herts College, Watford
Saturday 7th March 2020, 9.30am
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