Admissions process

Applying for a September 2018 place

The deadline for applying for a September 2018 place has now passed. Information on making a late application for a September 2018 secondary school place, including the Archer Academy, is available on Barnet’s website.

Late applications for the current academic year

Places in years 7 – 11 for the current academic year (2017-18) have all been allocated. However, if you wish to be added to our waiting list, please contact us at [email protected]

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.