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St Nicholas Primary School offers an excellent educational experience for your child.  We hope you will consider applying for a place. Click here to email.


We welcome visits from prospective parents at a time that is convenient for you. Click here to email.


Contact the school on 01582 623620 or


Reasons to choose St. Nicholas school:

  • St. Nicholas is a caring, nurturing school
  • It delivers excellent educational results
  • Creating a happy environment for your child to thrive


Our achievements:

  • St. Nicholas is the number one primary school in Hertfordshire.

  • The Sunday Times ranked the school 79th best primary school in the England out of 20, 925.
  • Our pupils consistently achieve excellent academic results in Maths, Reading and Writing. 
  • We are an inclusive school that welcomes families of all faiths and no faith.
  • Confirmed as an Outstanding school as outlined in the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Report  (November 2017).
  • Good Ofsted inspection (1 March 2017) coupled with outstanding attendance figures
  • All our pupils have the opportunity to lead and get involved in school life.
  • Our values led Christian ethos is coupled with four key principles - kindness, hope, responsibility and perseverance.
  • St. Nicholas has a strong sporting track record, winning cups in football, netball and cross country.
  • We have a highly experienced and committed teaching staff delivering outstanding and engaging learning across the school curriculum.
  • Teaching is enriched with a wide range of school trips and workshops.
  • We also enjoy regular visits into school from authors, artists, design and technology based companies and specialist sports coaches.


Our school life:

  • We work closely with the Parish of Harpenden and St. Nicholas church.
  • We have an Early drop off club and  an excellent After school provision provided by The Club which is popular among parents and carers.
  • Our active parent body organises a variety of events, e.g. the School Ball, the Christmas Fair, a Pupil Disco, Film Night and a parent Quiz Night.



2019-2020 Admissions

Step 1 – The Local Authority
An application for a Reception place needs to be submitted online. The deadline for applications for places for September 2019 was Tuesday 15th January 2019, online. You must accept or decline the place offered by Tuesday 16 April 2019.

Step 2 – St Nicholas School Process

If you are interested in a place at St Nicholas School, please contact the school for the relevant Clergy Form and Supplementary Information Form (also available below). These forms need to be completed and returned to the School Office as well as your online application to County.


Any applications not received by Tuesday 15th January 2019 will be considered as late applications.

If you have any problems or queries please do not hesitate to contact the School Office on 01582 623 620, where we will be glad to help. For more information, please read our Admissions Policy.




Admissions  Year








Parish of St. Nicholas and Other churches in Harpenden




Resident of Harpenden





*A couple of pupils live more than 1000 m from the school.

2020-2021 Admissions Policy


The Governors of the School consulted on the Admissions Policy for the academic year 2020-2021. Following the consultation, the Governors decided to adopt the Admissions Policy set out in the attached document. If required, a paper copy can be obtained from the School office.


In summary, if there are fewer applications than places available at the School then all applicants will be admitted. If there are more applications than places then the Admissions Criteria will apply. There are three Criteria, which will apply in the following order of priority:

Rule 1: Children looked after

Rule 2: Siblings

Rule 3: All other children, wherever they live, with priority given to those who live the shortest distance from the School


The Admissions Policy begins with a statement that St Nicholas School is here to serve the local community, is open to children of any faith or no faith, has a Christian character and promotes Christian values. Parents/carers are not required to complete a Supplementary Information Form when applying for a place at the School.