Determined admissions arrangements 2019-20

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 Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for admissions to Year 7 in September 2019 and the locally agreed protocol for in-year admissions during the academic year 2018-19.

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

Admission to Year 7 in September 2019

Agreed admission number

The Archer Academy’s admissions limit will be 162 places to Year 7 in 2019-20.

Applications

Applications are made through your local authority’s admissions process, which all London boroughs use for secondary transfer. Applications should be made online via the eAdmissions website.

Your local authority will provide full details of 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 31 October 2018 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 to Barnet Council to explain this and provide supporting documents.

Verification of information

In addressing allegations of admissions fraud, 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

Applicants will be sent an email with the outcome of their application on National Offer Day, 1 March 2019.

Applicants to whom places are offered will be required to inform Barnet Council of their decision whether to accept or reject the offer by 15 March 2019.

Appeal procedure

Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful have the right 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.

Information about the appeals procedure is available on the school’s website.

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. Each added child will require the list to be ranked again in line with the published oversubscription criteria.  Vacancies arising after 1 March 2019 will 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 1 September 2019 will be offered to applicants on the waiting list in accordance with the over-subscription criteria set out below and explained further in the notes.

Children with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

All children whose Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs names the Archer Academy will be admitted.

Over-subscription criteria

  1. Children in Care at the time of application and children who were previously in Care but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been in Care. ‘Children in Care’ are children who are looked after by a Council in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989(b).
  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 in the priority catchment area – which is the postcode areas N2, N3 and NW11 – as follows: 45% of places will be offered to children whose home address is within N2, 35% to children whose home address is within N3 and 20% of places to children whose home address is within NW11. Any fraction of places that remain when dividing places to each postcode will be allocated to applicants in the N2 postcode. 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 Lower School 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 with priority given to children who live closest to the school, based on measuring distance in a straight line from the front gate of the Lower School Stanley Road campus to the child’s home.

Notes

Children in Care

Children in Care are those being cared for by a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. This Act only applies to England and Wales, which means that a child has to be looked after by an English or Welsh local authority in order to be given priority for admission.

Children previously in Care

Children previously in Care are those who were adopted (or subject to child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been ‘looked after’. An adopted child is defined by section 12 of The Adoption Act 1976 and section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and does not include children adopted abroad.

A child arrangements order is defined by section 8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. A special guardianship order is defined by section 14A of the Children Act 1989.

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 (i.e. where the 162nd 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

Distance is measured between the address point for the child’s home, supplied by the Ordnance Survey, to the school’s main gate using the council’s computerised geographical information system.

A child’s permanent address is the place of normal residence during term time.  When parents live separately, the application must be based on the address at which the child usually lives and from which s/he attends primary school.  When parents live separately, but the child lives with both parents at different addresses, the child’s home address will be taken to be the address where the child lives most of the week. If the child spends an equal amount of time with each parent, the address will usually be taken to be that of the main parent/ carer eligible to receive Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit.

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. The Archer Academy will fully support the council in its enforcement of this process.

Tiebreaker

In the event of oversubscription in any category, geographical distance will be used as a tie breaker. Distance will be measured in a straight line, from the address point for the child’s home, supplied by Ordnance Survey, and front gate of the Lower School Stanley Road campus using Barnet Council’s computerised geographical information system. Applicants from the same block of flats, or applicants who live the same distance from the school will be selected in random order through Barnet Council’s computerised system and places will be offered accordingly.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Applications for delayed or accelerated entry, in cases where parents would like their child to be admitted to a year group that is not the chronological age year group, will be considered on the merits of each individual case. The reasons for the request must be fully explained in writing and attached with the online application form (or submitted separately to the council and/or directly to the school).

Decisions will be made on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child, taking into account, as appropriate, the following:

  • the views of the parent
  • information about the social, emotional and academic development of the child as often supported by education and other professionals
  • the views of the Headteacher
  • where relevant, the child’s medical history and the views of a medical professional
  • whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group
  • whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if they were not born prematurely

Where a request for a child to be admitted outside their normal age group is agreed, which enables a child to be included as part of the Year 7 allocations, the application will then be processed in accordance with these arrangements and over-subscription criteria where applicable.

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 can be obtained from the school and applications must be made through Barnet Council’s online application portal accessible via www.barnet.gov.uk/schooladmissions. 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.