A proposed new secondary school in WD3 is inviting prospective pupils to apply for places despite still not having a site.

The Reach Free School opened its application process on Monday, December 3, for children due to start Year 7 in September 2013.

In October, a two-day public consultation held at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth, attracted hundreds of parents, many of whom voiced their support for the proposals.

Richard Booth, the principal designate, said: "We had lots of people come through the door and listen to what we had to say.

"We were very impressed with the questions we were asked so we could respond to them and make sure the people of this community have the opportunity to have their say on what the Reach Free School will look like."

School bosses said there would be 120 places on offer in each year and the school would choose pupils on proximity rather than achievement.

A spokesman for the school said applications for the first year will be made in addition to those made through Hertfordshire County Council so the Reach Free School can be an additional choice and will not jeopardise HCC applications in any way.

To apply for the school, visit http://www.reachfreeschool.co.uk/apply/.