Croxley Danes School

Croxley Danes School

About Croxley Danes School

Croxley Danes School is a partially-selective secondary school in South West Hertfordshire for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. It was opened in 2017 to address a shortfall in secondary places and will eventually provide an education to over 1,200 students. The school is a member of the Danes Educational Trust, and while it shares much of the ethos and practice of the other schools in the Trust, it is already developing its own distinctive traditions and character.

Students at Croxley Danes School have access to many new state-of-the-art facilities, including a drama hall, football and rugby pitches, netball courts, an all-weather multi-use games area, and tennis courts. Extracurricular activities are valued as an important part of school life and children are encouraged to get involved to broaden their horizons and develop new personal and social skills.

  • Address: Croxley Danes School, Baldwins Lane, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 3LR
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire County Council
  • School type: mixed partially-selective school
  • Headteacher: Stephen Thompson
  • Number of pupils: 800+

Croxley Danes School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Croxley Danes School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 20th December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
  • Spring term: 8th January – 27th March 2024
  • Half term: 19th–23rd February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Croxley Danes School

If you would like your child to be considered for a place in Year 7 at Croxley Danes School, you will need to complete the common application form for your local authority.

If you would like your child to be considered for a specialist place based on musical ability, you will need to register them to take the musical aptitude test with the SW Herts Consortium. This group of partially-selective schools all administer the same tests, so if your child is applying for a musical aptitude place for entry to any of the schools in the consortium, they will only need to take the test once.

1. Register for the musical aptitude test

You will need to register your child with the SW Herts Consortium between Tuesday 11th April 2023 and Friday 16th June 2023. You will then be notified of your child's test venue on Friday 7th July 2023.

2. Apply for a school place

You will be notified of your child's scores in the musical aptitude test via your parent portal on the SWH Consortium website on Wednesday 19th October 2023. You can use your child's results to decide whether to apply for a place at Croxley Danes School.

To apply for a school place, you will need to name Croxley Danes School on your common application form. You must complete the form for your home local authority:

Before completing your common application form, make sure to check the school's oversubscription criteria first. In the likely event that more children achieve the qualifying score than there are places available, the school will need to apply oversubscription criteria to prioritise places.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Croxley Danes School 11 plus?

All children who have applied for a place under the music criterion at Croxley Danes School will take the first stage test after school on Monday 4th September 2023. The test takes about 45 minutes in total and will assess your child's understanding of pitch, melody, rhythm and texture:

  • Pitch – 20 questions: pupils listen to two sounds and have to indicate whether the second sound is the same as the first, or whether it is higher or lower. Some of the pitches are less than a semitone apart.
  • Melody – 10 questions: pupils listen to two tunes consisting of five notes. They have to decide whether the second tune is the same as the first or if one of the notes has been altered. If there is a change, they need to identify which note has been altered, by giving the number of the note.
  • Texture – 20 questions: pupils listen to a chord and must decide whether each chord has two, three or four notes.
  • Rhythm – 10 questions: pupils listen to two patterns of notes and have to decide whether the second pattern is the same as, or different from, the first, and where any difference occurs. Each rhythm is four beats in length.

Your child's first stage music test results will be available on Thursday 14th September. Children who are successful in the first stage music test are invited to the second stage which takes place the following week. In the second stage, your child must play or sing a piece of their choice for examiners. Marks are awarded for accuracy, musicality and musical communication, from a total score out of 45.

What is the pass mark for Croxley Danes School?

There is no specific pass mark for the music test. Examiners attending the second round test will award marks out of a total of 45 based on the following areas:

  • Accuracy: maximum 15 marks
  • Musicality: maximum 15 marks
  • Musical communication: maximum 15 marks

Scores are not age-standardised. Children's marks in the second stage will be ranked from highest to lowest, with children achieving the highest marks most likely to be offered a place at the school. In

the last four years, the lowest scores to be offered places were 17 (2022), 18 (2021), 18 (2020) and 22 (2019).

Croxley Danes School admission criteria

Croxley Danes School has a planned admission number (PAN) of 180. Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will be prioritised for a place and the number of remaining places will be reduced accordingly. Places will then be allocated to children in the following order:

1. Looked after and previously looked after children

2. Children with a sibling at the school

3. Children of permanent staff

4. Up to 10% of places (18) are for students who pass the SW Herts musical aptitude test

5. Children who live closest to the school, determined by a straight line distance

School Details

Type of School Bilateral
Address Baldwins Lane Croxley Green Rickmansworth WD3 3LR
Phone 01923284483
Region Hertfordshire – SW Herts


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Mixed


Allocation Day 1/3/2024
CAF form 31/10/2023
Academic Exam 9/9/2023
Registration 11/4/2023 - 16/6/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 180
Standardised No
Age Standardised Yes
Total Number of Exams 2
Number of Rounds 1
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)

Exam Styles

  • Multiple Choice (MC)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Familiarisation booklet View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Croxley Danes School

  • How do we apply to the school?
    To make an application to the school for 2023 secondary transfer, some parents must complete two applications. Firstly, all parents must apply online to their Local Authority, selecting Croxley Danes School as one of their choices. Secondly, parents applying under the musical aptitude criterion or the children of staff criterion must complete the school's Supplementary Information Form (SIF) – also known as an application form and return it by post or by hand to Croxley Danes School, c/o The Admissions Officer, Croxley Danes School, Baldwins Lane, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3 3LR by 31st October 2022. Applications after this date will be accepted but classified as late applications. Application forms (SIFs) can be downloaded from the school’s website or can be obtained from the visitors’ reception at Croxley Danes School, Baldwins Lane, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 3LR
  • What are the admissions criteria?
    The admissions criteria for secondary transfer in September 2023 can be viewed in the admissions section of the school website. Alternatively, parents who obtain a Supplementary Information Form from the school will also be provided with a copy of the admission arrangements.
  • Will there be an academic entrance exam like there is at St Clement Danes and other local schools?
    New schools are not permitted to select on ability, so there is no academic entrance exam.