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Primary school pupils hard at work in Bishops Stortford classroomAs in the west of the county, some east Hertfordshire state primary schools have tiny catchments – though by no means all. A quirk is that some primary schools are split into infant and junior schools, although there’s usually seamless transition between the two at 7-years-old. Our article on primary school admissions will help you pick the right school and guide you through the application process.

Primary schools in Bishop’s Stortford

There are a handful of oversubscribed primary schools in Bishop’s Stortford that excel academically. The most popular by far is Windhill School, a well-led, family-friendly school where pupils’ personal development is taken as seriously as the academics.

To the south of the town is Richard Whittington Primary School – again, known for standout teaching and happy children – although you’ll need to live on the correct side of Thorley Park to get a place. To the north is Northgate Primary School, which has a vibrant, outward looking ethos. To the west, Hillmead Primary School has a community feel, while Manor Fields Primary School has nailed it with their reading programme and fun approach to learning.

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Primary schools in Welwyn Garden City

The two primaries on the west side of the city are perceived as the best by locals - Applecroft School is known for being kind and supportive, with academic rigour, while Templewood School is a one-form entry school based in a Grade 2 listed building. The latest Ofsted report says it ‘requires improvement’ but happy parents continue to vote with their feet. The most popular primary on the east side is Panshanger School, whose standout leadership ensures a tight focus on growing children’s confidence.

Among faith schools, Welwyn St Mary’s CofE Primary School is a three-form entry school that’s popular with families in surrounding villages – no need for proof of religion unless you live out of catchment. The Holy Family Catholic Family School is the favourite Catholic option, with most pupils going on to The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School in Stevenage. Priority at both is given to Catholic children.

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State primary schools for children with special educational needs in East Hertfordshire

The Hertfordshire County Council website sets out its SEND education options and admissions.

In the east of the county, Middleton School is an excellent primary school for children with autism, moderate learning difficulty and speech, language and communication difficulties. There are also two highly regarded all-through special schools: Lonsdale School in Stevenage, for 3-18-year-olds with complex needs and neurological conditions, and Amwell View School in Ware. The latter has grown in recent years to over 150 children aged 2-19 with severe and complex learning difficulties.

Mainstream primary schools that do well in supporting children with SEN include Hillmead Primary School in Bishop’s Stortford, while Swallow Dell Primary and Nursery School in Welwyn Garden City, a two-form entry school based on two sites, has an SEN unit. 

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