Admissions process

Applying for a September 2021 place

The deadline for applying for a September 2021 place has now passed. Information on making a late application for a September 2021 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 (2020-21) 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 may not be successful.

For all 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.
  • What the Archer Academy can offer that the allocated school cannot.

Appeal Dates & Information 

If you have not been offered a place at the Archer Academy, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. The appeals are held at an independent, local venue.

If you wish to appeal, please use this link to complete your appeal online. Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is suggested that you download the explanatory booklet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form. Booklet Link

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school.

Please note that the online form will ask you to download two utility bills dated in the last THREE months.  If you do not have access to a scanner, please take two photographs with a mobile phone and upload the photographic files.

Depending on the situation at the time, your appeal could be heard online instead of a face to face meeting at the school.  Full details will be sent to you with your invitation to the hearing.

If you wish to contact the clerk – email :  [email protected]

The timetable for appeals is as follows: – 

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2021

4pm on Tuesday 30 March 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard in the first tranche of appeals.  Appeals lodged later may not be heard until the second tranche which could be in September 2021.   You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage.

The stage 1 part of the hearing (with other parents present)  

will take place on Wednesday 21 April at 5 pm.

Part 2, the individual private hearings will take place on

Thursday 22 April and Friday 23 April 2021 

Any additional  supporting evidence

Thursday 15 April 2021. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account. Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any additional evidence. All such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound, but may be stapled on the top left hand corner.  Paperwork submitted with your appeal form does not need to include 5 copies.  These should be sent to PO BOX 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

Due to the high number of appeals held at this time, this may not be sent until up to 2 weeks after the last hearing for the school.

Timetable for appeals for mid-term applications is as follows: 

Last day for lodging appeal forms following a refusal for a place mid-term.

20 school days upon receipt of your letter of refusal.  You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply documentary evidence at this stage.