Admissions process

Admissions for September 2017 entry

Please note: 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 for 2017-18 as soon as that decision has been made.

Applying for a September 2017 place

For September 2017 entry, our admissions process is being coordinated as part of Barnet’s common application process. You will therefore need to complete the common application form as you would for any other school. Applications can be made between 1 September and 31 October 2016 via the eAdmissions website.

Further information on applying for a September 2017 secondary school place, including the Archer Academy, is available on Barnet’s website.

Late applications for 2016-2017

Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 places for the academic year 2016-17 have all been allocated. However, if you wish to be added to our waiting list, please contact us at

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.

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.

Late appeals for Year 7

Late appeals for entry into Year 7 in 2016-17 will be heard during the Autumn term.

Appeals for in-year admissions

Appeals for admission made after the start of the Autumn term will normally take place within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.