The Archer Academy is a publicly funded, co-educational, non-denominational, non-selective secondary school.
Responsibility for the admission of pupils rests with the Governing Body.
All applications for places at the school will be considered in line with the arrangements set out below.
Admission to Year 7 in September 2013
Agreed admission number
The Archer Academy’s admissions limit will be 150 places to Year 7 in 2013-14.
As the Archer Academy is a new school we will be running our admissions process independently from Barnet Council for this first year only. This means that applicants for Year 7 places in 2013-14 must complete and submit an Archer Academy application form in addition to the Local Authority Common Application Form.
Applications to the Archer Academy will not affect applications made under the Local Authority Common Application Form.
The Archer Academy application form is available here. If you require a printed copy of the application form you can request one by writing to The Archer Academy, c/o 3rd Floor, 36 Langham Street, London W1W 7AP or telephone 020 3318 5781.
The application form must be completed by 11.59pm on Wednesday 13th February 2013. If you are completing a written application this needs to be returned to The Archer Academy, c/o 3rd Floor, 36 Langham Street, London W1W 7AP by the closing date. Verbal or telephone applications will not be accepted.
Applications for admission for Year 7 received on or after the 14th February, including after the year has started, will only be considered as ‘in year’ admissions. For in-year admissions, parents will be required to complete an application form and return it to the school.
Where no place is available the applicant will be advised and informed of their right to request an independent appeal.
If we receive your application after the closing date then your application will be viewed as late. Late applications will not be considered until we have processed all applications that were received on time. If there are exceptional reasons why your application is late, please write to us and provide supporting documents.
Verification of information
Following advice we have received from the Department for Education we do not now require supporting documentation with applications. In some cases we may need to ask for supplementary information to confirm proof of residence or parentage. If we require further information from you we will contact you directly to request it and explain the reason why we are requesting this information.
The Governing Body also reserves the right to seek verification from the local authority in which the applicant is resident. False information, or the omission of material information, may result in disqualification, or the loss of a place after it has been offered, accepted or taken up.
Offer of places
The offer of places for the Archer Academy for 2013-14 will be independent of offers made by through the Local Authority Common Application Form.
Applicants to whom places are offered will be required to inform the Governing Body of their decision whether to accept or reject the offer by the date given in the letter of offer.
Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful will be given an opportunity to appeal against the decision to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with the statutory provisions in force at the time.
The determination of the appeal panel is binding on all parties.
Full details of the appeals procedure will be sent to parents with the decision letter on 1st March 2013.
In addition to the right to appeal, unsuccessful applicants will be placed on the Waiting List. Vacancies arising between 1st March and 31st August 2013 will in the first instance be offered to applicants on the Waiting List, determined in accordance with the order in the over-subscription criteria.
Any vacancies that occur on or after 1st September 2013 will be offered to applicants on the Waiting List in accordance with the over-subscription criteria set out below.
Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs
All children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the Archer Academy will be offered a place.
If there are more applicants than places, places will be offered in accordance with the following criteria in order of priority:
- Children applying who are in the care of the Local Authority (‘looked after’ children) and children who were previously in the care of the Local Authority (as ‘looked after' children) but ceased to be so because they were adopted, or became subject to a residency order, or special guardianship order immediately following having been ‘looked after’.
- Children whose parents are founders of the Archer Academy and who have been granted this provision by the Secretary of State for Education.
- Children who will have siblings in the school at the time when they are admitted to the school.
- Children of staff (teaching or support) of the school, provided they have been directly employed for a minimum of two years at the time at which the application for a place is made, or have been recruited to fill a post where there is a demonstrable skills shortage. (The definition of a direct employee is an employee holding a contract of employment with the school).
- Children applying for places from addresses in the priority catchment area which is postcode areas N2, N3 and NW11. Places will be offered to those children who live closest to the school, based on measuring distance in a straight line from the school. For 2013-2014 admissions, the distance criteria will be measured from the front gate of the site of the school to the front door of the applicant’s home. In the event that temporary accommodation is required, the distance criteria will be measured from the front gate of the permanent school site.
- After places have been filled under the first five criteria, any remaining places will be offered on a geographical basis measuring distance in a straight line from the school, with priority given to children who live closest to the school. Distances are measured between the front door of the child’s home and the main school gate.
The distance between these points is calculated using a computerised geographical information system.
“Siblings” mean two or more children who have at least one parent in common and who reside in the same home as one another. Where a child has been legally adopted, he or she will be regarded as the sibling of any other children with the same legal guardian, all of whom reside in the same household.
Multiple-birth and same-year siblings
Where applications are received from twins, triplets or same-year siblings the following procedure will be followed: if one child is selected for a place, the Archer Academy will admit over the published admission number (PAN) in order to support the family.
This will only apply where one sibling would be within the PAN and the other sibling(s) would be above the PAN (ie where the 150th place is offered to a same-year sibling).
The founders of the Archer Academy are those individuals who have played a major role in establishing the school, undertaking activities during the application and pre-opening stages, and will continue to play a significant role in the running of the school after opening. Approval is being sought from the Secretary of State for Education for this provision. A list of relevant founders is available on request.
Distance from the home to the school
The distance from home to the Archer Academy is the straight-line distance measured from the front door of the child’s residence to the front gate of the location of the school. The site of the school is as yet unconfirmed, and this information will be published in advance of the closing date for applications.
In the event that the permanent site is unavailable for 2013-14 and temporary accommodation is required, the location of the permanent site will be used to determine the distance from home to school.
A child’s permanent address is the place of normal residence during term time. Where parental responsibility is shared, the address of the parent/guardian who receives the Child Benefit allowance for the child will be taken as the permanent address.
Proof of residence can be requested at any time throughout the admissions process. If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the school, the offer of a place will be withdrawn and an appeal offered.
In the event of two or more applicants tying when any of the admission criteria is applied, positions will be determined by random allocation. This may include when two or more applicants are from the same block of flats or the same address, or if the distance between the home and school is exactly the same.
Method of random allocation
After places have been allocated under criteria 1 to 6, the remaining applications will be put into rank order by random allocation, using a computer programme. Places will be offered strictly in accordance with the rank order.
Other admissions (in-year or casual admissions)
Applications for vacancies that arise outside the normal annual admission round for Year 7 will be considered at any time during the year. Information and application forms may be obtained from the school. Where there is more than one application for a vacant place, the offer of a place will be determined in accordance with the over-subscription criteria set out above.
This admissions policy will be reviewed annually by the Governors and where necessary adjustments made.