As a concerned parent/carer, you will be seeking a good school with the highest standards, offering opportunity and challenge in a secure and caring community.

The John Warner School has dedicated and talented staff who appreciate that both the school and parents must work together. This has never been as important as it is today, given the nature of our society and the pressure of modern living.

We recognise the enormous potential of our students and we are justifiably proud of their academic achievements.

The John Warner School welcomes applications for Secondary Transfer and In-Year transfer.

Our Admissions Officer is Jennie Rich. Jennie works term time only Mondays to Wednesdays from 07:10 to 14:55 and can be contacted on 01992 462889 or you can email her directly at:

Supplementary Information Form for Secondary Transfer  

In Year Application Form

Please view the different sections below for further information

Our Open Evening Presentation - October 2020

Secondary Transfer - Year 6 into Year 7

This section is for students who are currently in Year 6 and wish to apply for a place at our school in September of the following academic year.

Our Open Evening took place on Thursday, 1st October 2020 - please click below to watch the presentation.

Virtual Open Evening


As we are our own admitting authority, you will need to complete a supplementary information form (SIF) alongside your application to your local authority.  Please use the link below to complete our SIF form.

Please note that due to COVID-19, we are not accepting paper copies of forms. This form is an online form and a receipt will be sent back to you.

Application Form for Secondary Transfer and Technology Aptitude Test (SIF) (Year 6 into Year 7)


Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following rules will be used to decide which pupils to admit. 90% of allocations will be made using rules 1 to 4 in the order set out below and the remaining 10% of allocations will be made using rule 5.

Rule 1: Children looked after and children who were previously looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangement order or a special guardianship order). (See Appendix A)

Rule 2: Children of staff. (See Appendix B)

Rule 3: Children who have a sibling at the same address who is a pupil at the school at the time of application. For  the  purpose of  this  clause  siblings  would  include  sister,  brother,  half,  step, adoptive and looked after children, provided they also live at the same address. (See Appendix C)

Rule 4: Home to school distance. After places have been [allocated using rule 1, 2 and 3, home to school distance is used to allocate any remaining places within the 90% of places allocated to rule 1, 2, 3 and 4.(See Appendix D)

Rule 5: The remaining places will be allocated to children who show an aptitude for Technology on the basis of an assessment of aptitude carried out by the school. (See Appendix E).

* Please see our admissions main page for further information on the technology aptitude test. Siblings do not ordinarily need to sit this test.


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Please note that these dates are provisional only and may be subject to change throughout the school year.



01 September

Application process opens for The John Warner School. SIF Forms and Technology aptitude test forms

01 October

Virtual Open Evening

w/c 5th October

Please complete the register of interest form

12 October

Deadline for completing Technology Aptitude Test Forms

12 October w/c

Information emailed home for Technology Aptitude Test

20 and 21 October

Technology Aptitude Test

23 November w/c

Test results emailed home

31 October

Deadline for Supplementary Form and Local Authority applications

04 December

Deadline for giving reasons why your application was late and deadline for confirming new address

04 December

Last date for late applications to be considered during second continued interest round

01 February

Last date for making an application online to be considered for allocation day

01 March

National allocation day. 
Hertfordshire emails will be sent in the afternoon

10 March

Welcome Meeting for parents and students

15 March

Deadline for accepting places and to Opt Out

22 March w/c

First continued interest run

26 March

Deadline for submitting appeals (by 4pm)

26 April w/c

Second continued interest run


John Warner Appeals to be heard 

07 July

Introductory Evening 1830 to 1930

08 July

Taster Day 0930 to 1530
Uniform Sale 1530 to 1930



The Governing Body of The John Warner School has taken the decision to admit over PAN for the academic year 2021/2022 by seven students. The PAN was set in September 2019 at 225 and the extra seven students will take the number of students we admit to 232. Since the school was measured, substantial further enhancement to accommodation has taken place. The school has also undertaken a thorough and systematic review of its curriculum and staffing arrangements in order to continue to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all students across the age and ability range. One outcome of that review is that the Governing Body of The John Warner School now believes that the school can cope with 232 students in Year 7 with effect from September 2021. Therefore, in accordance with the current Admissions Code and in consultation with the Local Authority, The John Warner School will be admitting over the published admission number of 225 to 232 for the academic year 2021/2022. 


Admissions Policy for 2022/2023

Technology Aptitude Test

Please note that siblings do not ordinarily need to sit this test as the sibling rule has a higher placement.

The tests form part of our oversubscription criteria for secondary transfer and involve the children sitting two papers: a non-verbal reasoning paper (40 minutes) and a spatial awareness test (45 minutes), both papers look for the ability to recognise similarities, analogies and patterns in unfamiliar designs.  A sample question will be read out and then a period of time will be given for the children to complete each section of the multiple choice questions. The scores are then converted to an age-standardised score which takes into account the fact that some children are very young in the year groups. There is no pass mark for these tests, places are strictly offered in descending order of each applicant’s standardised test score.

You should advise the school before the test and on the day of the test if your child has any special requirements that you feel may disadvantage them when sitting the test.  If your child is sick on the day of the test, please telephone the school in the morning.

This is not an intelligence test. The test is looking for students that show an aptitude for technology; a good example of this would be problem-solving based around pictures, diagrams and shapes. Below are examples of the type of questions that may be asked:

  • Spotting the odd shape out
  • Working out what a shape would like like when folded
  • Identifying mirror images
  • Working out the next diagram in a sequence 


Each year we move through the list in ranked order with the highest score being at the top and continue allocating until all 10% of places available have been given. Please be aware that in compliance with the School Admission Code 1.32(c) the school will not at any stage give out the individual rankings but will provide you with the outcome by informing you of the overall score that your child has achieved.  

These tests are only open to students that join us in the normal secondary transfer round for Year 7 places. All applications must be made prior to the published deadline.

In Year Admissions (mid-year transfers)

In year application form

If you would like your child to join The John Warner School outside of the normal admissions round, please complete an In Year Application Form (link above).

The application form should be completed online and will automatically be returned to Mrs Jennie Rich, Admissions Officer; an email copy will be generated to your own mail account which you can edit at any time.


Student transfer information form - to be completed by current schoolNew student registration form - to be completed by parent/carer once place has been offeredCheck school vacancies in your areaSchool directoryFind your nearest schoolSchool Prospectus In Year Starter BookletStudent and Parental Agreements for New Starters

Admissions Policy for 2020/2021

Admissions for each year group are allocated in accordance with the relevant over subscription criteria. If there are no vacancies, children will be placed on the continuing interest list for the appropriate year group. Any vacancies are filled from the list in accordance with the relevant over subscription criteria and not according to the date the application was received.

A continuing interest list will be maintained until the end of the current academic year when all parent/carer(s) will be contacted and asked if they wish to remain on the list.

For information on which schools in the area have places available, you should use the links above or contact the local authority, Hertfordshire County Council on 0300 123 4043.

The school will notify its Local Authority of your application. They will then write to you with necessary log in details and passwords to enable you to lodge an appeal if desired. Appeals resulting from in-year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. For further information, please visit:


Joining our Sixth Form


If you would like to book a tour of the school's Sixth Form facilities, then please contact Mrs Selina Hoad on 01992 462889 or email:

The words 'Sixth Form' are an important distinction for us. They mean that we take seriously our commitment to promoting a culture of learning and growth and expect the highest standards from our students in terms of commitment and enthusiasm. Our Sixth Formers are the pinnacle of the school. Students who study here have access to a structured programme of support and care as well as excellent teaching from highly qualified staff.

Our students feel that they are part of a focused learning community, where they are both challenged and encouraged.

We offer a broad curriculum of A Level and BTEC subjects which means that we are able to provide an educational pathway that is tailored to every student's individual needs. With a well established UCAS programme we are highly skilled at helping students secure places at outstanding institutions. Equally our apprenticeship and careers advice ensures that students receive first class guidance.

We feel immensely privileged to work with such wonderful students. If you would like to be part of our learning community we look forward to welcoming you to The John Warner Sixth Form.

Sixth Form Application Form coming soon

Request for Variation to the Admission Arrangements for 2021/2022

This variation was approved by the RSC on 25th September 2020

We have been advised by the Local Authority to request an in-year variation to our Admissions Policy for 2021/2022 to delay the testing until October/November; this is due to the impact of COVID-19.

Click here to read the guidance

The John Warner School, part of The Hoddesdon School Trust, will be making a request to The Regional School’s Commissioner to vary their admission arrangements for the year 2021/2022.

Following the recommendation in the DfE document “Coronavirus (COVID-19): assessment processes for selective school admissions – July 2020, the Trust has applied for a change to the test dates.

The proposed change apply be to: Rule 5: The remaining places will be allocated to children who show an aptitude for Technology on the basis of an assessment of aptitude carried out by the school. (See Appendix E)


Deadline for Applications – Monday 12th October 2020

Session 1 – Tuesday 20th October (am) and or (pm)

Session 2 – Wednesday 21st October (am) and or (pm)

Session 3 – Monday 16 November (am) (for those unable to attend due to sickness, religious observance, disability or bereavement.

Results Posted Home – w/c 23rd November 2020

As it will not be feasible to provide the results before 31st October, the test results would be sent home during the w/c 23rd November allowing parent/carer(s) to make a late change of preferences up to 4th December.

The school will follow the systems of control set out in the schools guidance for full opening when testing children for aptitude and those who are displaying coronavirus symptoms will not be permitted to attend the test centre.

For those who are unable to attend on their allocated day and can provide sufficient evidence of the reason they were unable to attend, we will offer a slot on session 3. This will  include those who have symptoms, a positive test result because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus or because they (or their family members) have been advised to shield for a temporary period when local transition rates are high, sickness, religious observance, disability or bereavement.

The school will implement the following on the test days:

  • Students should arrive at a designated time and should be dropped off by one parent/carer only or in their school groups.
  • They will be allocated a “ZONE” in the Sports Centre car park which will correspond to their school groups, known as their “bubble”.
  • Hand sanitisers will be placed in various locations in the testing centre.
  • Students will need to bring their own drink and snack for the break period which will need to be in a clear plastic bag. They are also required to bring their own pencil, pencil sharpener and rubber and the option of their own sanitation product. No other equipment will be allowed in the test centre.
  • Students will be sat in their “bubbles” within the test centre. The exception to this will be for those who have requested specific assistance which may involve them having to sit at the front of the venue for extra support, visual or hearing reasons.
  • Desks will be spaced apart in the test centre at the recommended distance.
  • Students will be escorted to the toilet facilities one at a time with an adult whom will ensure that the facilities are clean and that the students follow COVID sanitation rules.
  • Once the testing is complete, students will have a staggered release period in their “bubbles”, back to their drop of zone where a parent/teacher can collect them and escort them back to school for their normal afternoon session.
  • All correspondence between the school and the parent/carer will be via email and clearly displayed on the school’s website prior to the testing.
  • Students sitting the test will not mix with students of The John Warner School.
  • Test results will be emailed home during the w/c 23rd November which will allow for a late change in preferences to the Local Authority by 4th December.
  • The deadline for applications will now be Monday, 12th October 2020.
  • In the event that the Government imposes further lockdown measures on the allocated dates of the test, the test for the intake year 2021/2022 will be cancelled and the 10% of places reserved for this rule will be added to Rule 4 (Distance) or we will advertise a revised test date on our website as soon as it is known. This will be for one year only.
  • The John Warner School is aware that it will need to consult on its 2022/2023 admission arrangements due to this variation request and will therefore consult between 1st October 2020 and 31st January 2021.


The Governing Body of The John Warner School was consulted via email during w/c 3rd August. 


If any local school has any objections, then please use the link below to make us aware of your concerns.

Click here to complete concerns form

Admissions FAQs

Do I have to submit a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to The John Warner School

The John Warner School is its own admitting authority and therefore if an applicant does not complete the Supplementary Information Form we will not know about you and the Governing Body will apply the school’s oversubscription criteria using the information submitted on the Common Application Form. This may result in the application being given a lower priority against those criteria due to lack of available information.

If I live outside Hertfordshire, do I need to submit my application to Hertfordshire County Council?

No, you should apply to your own Local Authority who will pass on your information to the Hertfordshire County Council. You should still complete our Supplementary Information Form.

Am I in your catchment area?

A school catchment area is the geographic area from which students are eligible to attend a local school. Our oversubscription criteria does not contain any rule that specifies areas and we therefore do not have one. You can view our statistical information to ascertain the last person that was allocated a place through the distance criteria in the past few years.

Do you need proof of address?

To prevent any fraudulent applications, we may ask for two forms of proof of address; (a) your most recent council tax statement and (b) an original utility bill not older than 3 months. Documentation should include the name(s) of all adults living at the applicants address; if this is not supplied then the school may ask you to provide further proof. Due to COVID-19, all our applications are online this year and we may therefore ask you for documentation at a later date; this will be on a random basis.

How can I work out my home to school distance?

Most local authorities will have an option on their admissions pages for you to work out the distances to your nearest schools. You can work your distances out if you are with Hertfordshire County Council by following this link.

Whose address should I put on my application form?

Give your child's permanent address at the time you apply.

If you move after applying, you must edit your application both with the Local Authority and the school.

The Local Authority can't use your new address for allocation purposes if they receive your change later than 4 December 2020.

Will I know if my child has got a place before allocation day if they sit the test?

No, it is illegal  for any school to give out allocation information before the national allocation day (1st March). Instead we will let you know your child’s tests score along with statistical information of the lowest test score that was allocated a place in previous years – this should help you in ranking your preference schools.

Does my child have to sit the test?

No, the test is optional. We save 10% of our available places to allocate to those that scored the highest results in the test. The test results are looked at once all other places have been allocated, for example, your child may have sat the test but already been allocated a place on distance, therefore we would not consider their test score meaning that we can move further down the list. We will offer 22 places on the test criteria this year.

I already have a sibling at the school, does my child need to sit the test?

No, siblings do not ordinarily need to sit the test, this is because the sibling rule sits higher than the test rule and will take priority.

Are there any previous test papers that we can see?

No, we are not allowed to release old test papers. Please red through the information on the test on our website.

Where are the application forms?

Application forms for secondary transfer (Year 6 into Year 7) can be found on our admissions pages under that heading.

Applications for those children who wish to join a current year group can be found on the admissions pages under In Year Admissions (mid-year transfers).

If my child is offered a place in a current year group, how long will the process take?

The process for an in-year transfer may take up to two weeks. We may need to bring your child in for CATs testing if they have not sat them at their current school or if they are coming from overseas. Once we have these results we can create a timetable and then move forward with a start date for you.

Do you contact their current school?

Yes, we will always contact a prospective student’s current school. We will ask for academic information so that we can place them in the correct teaching groups. We will also ask for behavioural information and whether or not they are at risk of permanent exclusion – this is because they may fall under a different admissions criteria known as “the fair access protocol”.

Will we get a chance to look around the school?

Due to COVID-19, we are limiting all school visits unless essential. Our website contains lots of interesting videos and virtual tours and all starter information will be sent to you electronically. You will be given the option of a phone call home, a video conference call or a personal visit to the school before your child starts with us.


You have the right to appeal against the school's decision to not offer a place. Parents are required to lodge all school admission appeals online with the Hertfordshire County Council. 

Hertfordshire parents can access the online system via their admission account. Parents who live out of county or who applied on paper should now use the online appeals system and will need to contact Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 in order to obtain registration details to gain access. 

Appeals for secondary transfer are normally heard in June at a local venue. The date will be published on our website as soon as the Local Authority have given the school a date. 

For In Year appeals, parents will also use our appeals online system.   

The Admissions and Transport team will then send a letter to parents with their registration details to access the appeals online system.  

Parent guidance for appeals is found solely on the local authority web pages

Appeals Timetable

Hertfordshire County Council Appeal Information

Admissions Consultation for School Year 2022/2023

The John Warner School will be consulting on its admission arrangements for the school year 2022/2023.

The 2021/2022 Policy had a late in-year variation made in relation to the Technology Aptitude Test during the COVID pandemic. The Policy wording in relation to the test was reinstated to that which was previously stated for the academic year 2022/2023. 

A full copy of the Admissions Policy can be viewed below.

Admissions Policy for 2022/2023

If anyone has any questions or objections, please contact the Admissions Officer, Mrs Jennie Rich