Admissions process

Applying for a September 2015 place

The deadline for applying for a September 2015 place has now passed. Information on making a late application for a September 2015 secondary school place, including the Archer Academy, is available on Barnet’s website.

Late applications for 2014-15

Year 7 and Year 8 places for the current academic year (2014-15) have all been allocated. However, if you wish to be added to our waiting list please contact us at

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.

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 pupils.

  • 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 and return it to or Ms Z Balman, The Archer Academy, 3 Beaumont Close, The Bishops Avenue, London N2 0GA.

Please note that the formal deadline for submitting an appeal has now passed; if you wish to submit a late appeal you may do so, but it is unlikely to be heard within the timeframe as set out below.


2 March 2015

National Offers Day - you will be notified by your home local authority of your child’s school place if you applied online. Paper letters will be posted on this date.

4pm on Friday 10 April 2015

Deadline for lodging appeal forms for a place in Year 7 to start in September 2015

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 An invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to you and the Independent Appeal Panel.
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.

Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June 2015

Appeal hearings


Appeals regarding late applications for entry in September 2015 to Year 7

Appeal hearings will normally take place within 40 school days of the appeal deadline (10 April 2015) or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

Appeals regarding applications for in-year admissions (admissions to Year 7 made after the start of the September term or to other year groups)

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

If you applied for a secondary school place after the closing date of 31 October 2014 (or your application for a school place was received after the closing date of 31 October 2014), we will do our best to have your appeal heard within the above timescales; however, we cannot guarantee that your appeal will be heard before your child is due to start secondary school in September.

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