Admissions process

Applying for a September 2017 place

The deadline for applying for a September 2017 place has now passed. Information on making a late application for a September 2017 secondary school place, including for the Archer Academy is available on Barnet’s website.

Late applications for the current academic year

Places in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 for the current academic year (2016-17) have all been allocated. However, if you wish to be added to our waiting list, please contact us at admissions@thearcheracademy.org.uk

Waiting list

If you have an enquiry regarding your child’s place on the waiting list at the Archer Academy, please contact the London Borough of Barnet School Admissions in the first instance, on 020 8359 7651 www.barnet.gov.uk/school-admissions

Appeals process

You are entitled to appeal if you are not satisfied with the place you have been offered. Appeals submitted will be heard by a panel independent of the governing body.

Please note that no places are reserved for successful appeals, this means that any appeals allowed will increase the intake above the admission limit.

Although each appeal is decided on individual merit, only exceptional circumstances are likely to lead to a successful appeal. The fact that a school is mixed sex or that the school is a child’s or parents’ particular choice, or that other schools with vacancies involve a long journey, is unlikely to lead to a successful appeal.

In particular, with regard to the Archer Academy, if you are living outside our priority postcodes, the fact that you live nearer to the school than people who are within the priority postcodes and who have been offered a place will not be considered grounds for an appeal. Our admissions policy clearly states that people living within N2, N3 and NW11 have priority over people living outside those postcodes, and so an appeal on these grounds would not be successful. Similarly, our policy clearly states that a number of places will be offered to children currently attending our feeder schools: Brookland Junior School, Garden Suburb Junior School, Manorside and Tudor schools. An appeal on the grounds that your child does not attend these schools would not be successful.

For most appeals, panels will consider the following grounds:

  • Whether any mistakes were made in applying the admission arrangements and if the school could take extra students.
  • Whether the admissions arrangements are lawful. (The panel must refer to the Local Authority and the Admissions Authority for the school, any admission arrangements that do not comply with the law.)
  • Whether the problems faced by a child if they do not go to the school, outweigh the problems the school will face if they have to take the extra child.

If you would like to know more about the appeals process and how it works, the Coram Children’s Legal Centre have put together a How To guide, which you can access here.

If you have decided that you wish to appeal, please download our appeals form hereThe form should be returned by 4pm Tuesday, 18th April 2017 to office@thearcheracademy.org.uk or Admissions Officer, The Archer Academy, Stanley Road Campus, Eagans Close, London N2 8GA .

TIMETABLE FOR APPEAL HEARINGS:

1 March 2017 National Offer Day – you will be notified by your home local authority of your child’s school place if you applied online.

Hard copy letters will be posted on that date.

4pm on Tuesday, 18th April 2017 Deadline for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2017.

You must state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage. You are advised to complete your appeal form as early as possible and not leave it until the last few days.

At least 10 school days before the hearing. Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to you and the Independent Appeal Panel.
At least 7 school days before the hearing. You will be sent a copy of the school’s case.
At least 7 school days before the hearing. Deadline for additional supporting information.

If you wish to submit further evidence that was not included with your initial appeal, you should ensure this is received at least 7 clear working days, not counting the day of postage or the hearing, in advance of your appeal.

Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter not previously available, will be accepted up to 4 clear working days prior to the hearing. Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing.

May – June 2017
(excluding 29th May to 2nd June)
Appeals will take place during this period, and this timetable will continue to be updated as appeal dates are confirmed.

 

Late applications for entry in September 2017 to Year 7

Where possible, appeals for late applications will be included with those being heard for the same admissions round.  However if this is not possible, appeals for late applications will be heard during the 2017 Autumn term.

Appeals made after the closing date 18th April 2017 will be heard in the Autumn term.

Appeals for in-year admissions (admissions to Year 7 made after the start of the September term or to Years 8-10).

Appeal hearings will normally take place within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.