Determined admissions policy 2018-19

Determination of the admissions arrangements at the Archer Academy were made following public consultation in accordance with the School Admissions Regulations 2012.

Under regulation 22 of the School Admissions Regulations 2012 any person or body who considers that any maintained school or academy’s admissions arrangements are unlawful, or not in compliance with the Code or relevant law relating to admissions, can make an objection to the Schools Adjudicator before 15 May 2017.

Office of the Schools Adjudicator
Mowden Hall
Staindrop Road
Darlington DL3 9BG.
01325 735303
osa.team@osa.gsi.gov.uk

Determined admissions arrangements for 2018-19

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 2018

Agreed admission number

The Archer Academy’s admissions limit will be 150 places to Year 7 in 2018-19.

Applications

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 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

Letters informing applicants of the outcome of their applications will be sent by Barnet Council on national offers day in early March 2018. 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 2018 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

  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. Remaining places, out of 110, are offered to children 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. An additional planned 40 places are offered at Year 7 secondary transfer to children from the agreed feeder schools according to the following quotas: 15 places to Brookland Junior School, 15 places to Garden Suburb Junior School, 5 places to Manorside Primary School and 5 places to Tudor Primary School. The allocation will be offered to children from each of these schools, living in the priority catchment area and closest to the Archer Academy, 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. If the quota of children from any one of these feeder schools is not reached, the remaining places will be offered to children from the other three schools, living in the priority catchment area, closest to the Archer Academy, 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. Any of the remaining places not taken up by children from the four feeder schools will be offered in accordance with paragraph 5 above, up to a maximum limit of 150 places.
  7. After places have been filled under the first six 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 Stanley Road campus to the front door of the applicant’s home.

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

Notes

Children in Care

‘Children in Care’ are children who are (a) in the care of a local council or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local council in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

Children previously in Care

This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders.

Child arrangements orders are defined in s.8 if the Children Act 1989, as amended by s.12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replaced residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order.

In accordance with Section 14A of the Children Act 1989, a Special Guardianship Order is defined as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

Feeder schools

The feeder schools are Brookland Junior School, Garden Suburb Junior School, Manorside Primary School and Tudor Primary School.

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

Distance is measured between the address point for the child’s home, supplied by the Post Office, 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. 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. The Archer Academy will fully support the council in its enforcement of this process.

Tiebreaker

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 7, 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.

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. The reasons for the request must be fully explained in writing and included with the school place application form (or submitted separately where applying via an on-line service).

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, that 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 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.