Admissions policy for September 2016 entry

Please note: the policy set out below is for September 2016 entry. We have proposed changes to our admissions for September 2017 entry and have published our determined admissions arrangements for 2017-18 here. We are currently waiting for the Office of the Schools Adjudicator’s decision on whether we should proceed with our proposed changes and will publish our final agreed admissions policy as soon as that decision has been made.

The Archer Academy is a publicly funded, co-educational, non-denominational, non-selective secondary school.

Responsibility for the admission of pupils rests with the Archer Academy Trust. The administration of applications to the school is undertaken by Barnet Council, as part of the common application process for London schools.

All applications for places at the school will be considered in line with the arrangements set out below.

Admission to Year 7 in September 2016

Agreed admission number

The Archer Academy’s admissions limit will be 150 places to Year 7 in 2016-17.


Applications are made through your local authority’s admissions process, which all London boroughs use for secondary transfer. Applications should be made via the eAdmissions website, although if you require a paper application you can request one from your local authority.

Your local authority will write to you about the process for applying for secondary schools, including the Archer Academy.

Where no place is available the applicant will be advised and informed of their right to request an independent appeal.

Late applications

If your application is received after the closing date then your application will be viewed as late. Late applications will not be considered until all applications that were received on time have been processed. If there are exceptional reasons why your application is late, you should write explain this and provide supporting documents.

Verification of information

Barnet Council may request information from you relating to the verification of your application for a secondary school place.

False information, or the omission of material information, may result in disqualification, or the loss of a place after it has been offered, accepted or taken up.

Offer of places

Letters informing applicants of the outcome of their applications will be sent by Barnet Council on national offers day in early March 2016. Where applications were submitted electronically this will be via email, where applications were sent in paper copy a letter will be posted on national offers day.

Applicants to whom places are offered will be required to inform Barnet Council of their decision whether to accept or reject the offer by the date given in the letter of offer.

Appeal procedure

Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful will be given an opportunity to appeal against the decision to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with the statutory provisions in force at the time.

The determination of the appeal panel is binding on all parties.

Full details of the appeals procedure will be sent to parents with the decision letter on national offers day.

Waiting list

In addition to the right to appeal, unsuccessful applicants who receive an offer for a school that was ranked lower in their order of preferences than the Archer Academy will be automatically placed on the waiting list. Vacancies arising between the acceptance deadline and 31st August will in the first instance be offered to applicants on the waiting list, determined in accordance with the order in the over-subscription criteria.

Any vacancies that occur on or after 1st September 2016 will be offered to applicants on the waiting list in accordance with the over-subscription criteria set out below.

Children with statements of special educational needs

All children with a statement of special educational needs which names the Archer Academy will be offered a place.

Over-subscription criteria

If there are more applicants than places, places will be offered in accordance with the following criteria in order of priority:

  1. Children applying who are in the care of the Local Authority (‘looked after’ children) and children who were previously in the care of the Local Authority (as ‘looked after’ children) but ceased to be so because they were adopted, or became subject to a residency order, or special guardianship order immediately following having been ‘looked after’.
  2. Children whose parents are founders of the Archer Academy and who have been granted this provision by the Secretary of State for Education.
  3. Children who will have siblings in the school at the time when they are admitted to the school.
  4. Children of staff (teaching or support) of the school, provided they have been directly employed for a minimum of two years at the time at which the application for a place is made, or have been recruited to fill a post where there is a demonstrable skills shortage. (The definition of a direct employee is an employee holding a contract of employment with the school).
  5. Children applying for places from addresses in the priority catchment area which is postcode areas N2, N3 and NW11. Places will be offered to those children who live closest to the school, based on measuring distance in a straight line from the front gate of the Stanley Road campus to the front door of the applicant’s home.
  6. After places have been filled under the first five criteria, any remaining places will be offered on a geographical basis measuring distance in a straight line from the front gate of the Stanley Road campus to the front door of the applicant’s home, with priority given to children who live closest to the school.

The distance between these points is calculated using a computerised geographical information system.


Sibling priority
“Siblings” mean two or more children who have at least one parent in common and who reside in the same home as one another. Where a child has been legally adopted, he or she will be regarded as the sibling of any other children with the same legal guardian, all of whom reside in the same household.

Multiple-birth and same-year siblings
Where applications are received from twins, triplets or same-year siblings the following procedure will be followed: if one child is selected for a place, the Archer Academy will admit over the published admission number (PAN) in order to support the family.

This will only apply where one sibling would be within the PAN and the other sibling(s) would be above the PAN (ie where the 150th place is offered to a same-year sibling).

Founders’ children
The founders of the Archer Academy are the 11 individuals who have played a major role in establishing the school, undertaking activities during the application and pre-opening stages, and will continue to play a significant role in the running of the school after opening. Approval has been given from the Secretary of State for Education for this provision. A list of relevant founders is available on request.

Distance from the home to the school
The distance from home to the Archer Academy is the straight-line distance measured from the front door of the child’s residence to the front gate of the Stanley Road campus.

A child’s permanent address is the place of normal residence during term time. Where parental responsibility is shared, the address of the parent/guardian who receives the Child Benefit allowance for the child will be taken as the permanent address.

Proof of residence can be requested at any time throughout the admissions process. If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the school, the offer of a place will be withdrawn and an appeal offered.

In the event of two or more applicants tying when any of the admission criteria is applied, positions will be determined by random allocation. This may include when two or more applicants are from the same block of flats or the same address, or if the distance between the home and school is exactly the same.

Method of random allocation
After places have been allocated under criteria 1 to 6, the remaining applications will be put into rank order by random allocation, using a computer programme. Places will be offered strictly in accordance with the rank order.

Other admissions (in-year or casual admissions)
Applications for vacancies that arise outside the normal annual admission round for Year 7 will be considered at any time during the year. Information and application forms may be obtained from the school. Where there is more than one application for a vacant place, the offer of a place will be determined in accordance with the over-subscription criteria set out above.

This admissions policy will be reviewed annually by the Archer Academy Trust and where necessary adjustments made.