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How our community made the Archer Academy happen

The Archer Academy is a perfect example of community in action. Primary school governors had been working for some years to persuade Barnet Council to address the lack of mixed, non-selective, non-denominational secondary provision in N2, N3 and NW11. And in February 2011, parent group Local Schools for Local Children picked up the baton and continued the campaign in earnest.

Once it became clear that the council were unable to open a new school in the area, the group turned to the government's free schools initiative, and applied to set up the Archer Academy. The team put together a strong proposal, which set out their vision and values, detailed their plans for a broad and balanced curriculum, and demonstrated the support of more than a thousand local parents.

Following a rigorous application process, the school was formally approved by the Department for Education in July 2012, to the delight of the local community. The school opened its doors to its first 150 students in September 2013, teaching them by its very existence that hard work, enthusiasm and determination reap exceptional results.

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