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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.


You are most welcome to attend one of the Open Days on Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 1.15 pm, Saturday 7th December 2019 at 10.30 am or Friday 10th January 2020 at 9.30 am.  


Contact the school on 01582 623620 or If you are unable to attend on either of these dates then make an alternative appointment.


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.
  • In 2019, The Sunday Times ranked the school 91st 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 enjoy sporting success. In the District Sports held in Summer 2019, St Nicholas proudly won The President's Cup (all schools overall athletics winners), The Bonner Cup (overall small schools winner), the year 5/6 football league and the year 3/4 football league.
  • 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.


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.


2020-2021 Admissions Process


An application for a Reception place at St Nicholas School should be submitted to Hertfordshire Education Department online. The application deadline for places in September 2020 is Wednesday 15th January 2020. You should accept or decline a place offered by 30th April 2020.


If there are fewer applications than places available at the School, all applicants will be offered a place. If there are more applications than places, the criteria set out below in the Admissions Policy will be used to prioritise applications.


If you wish to appeal a decision not to offer your child a place at the School then you must register an appeal with Hertfordshire Education Department by 4pm on 22 May 2020.


In Year Admissions

You can apply for a place in Reception after the normal admissions round by making an application directly to the School on or after 22 July 2020 using the form below. Similarly you can apply at any time for a place in another Year by submitting an application:

The School will review In Year Applications in accordance with this procedure:

If you have any problems or queries regarding admissions then please contact the School Office on 01582 623620 and we will be glad to help.