Admissions process

Applying for a September 2020 place

The deadline for applying for a September 2020 place has now passed. Information on making a late application for a September 2020 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 -11 for the current academic year 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 coeducational 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.

If you have decided that you wish to appeal, please download our appeals form here. The form should be returned by 2nd April 2020 to [email protected] or Mrs S Walsh, Admissions Officer, The Archer Academy, Lower School Campus, Eagans Close, London N2 8GA.


2nd March 2020 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.

2nd April 2020 Deadline for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2020. Any Secondary Transfer appeals received before 2 April will be heard within 40 school days of this date.

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. You will be contacted at least 10 days before the hearing to confirm the date of your appeal.
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 2020
(excluding 25th to 29th May)
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 2020 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 2020 autumn term.

Appeals made after the closing date 2nd April 2020 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 8-11)

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