Moving on

cropped-logo-Copy.jpgThe period of moving on from year 6 is known as secondary transfer and is a very important stage in a child’s school life.

Both junior and secondary schools take a lot of time and care over this transition period.

Here is a leaflet about the process of transferring to secondary school.

Here is some important information about moving on and open days at local schools:

Here are some things to consider when your child is in year 6.

How do I know which school is right for my child?

Who can help me make that decision?

  • Talk to your child find out what they want and consider how they will travel to school
  • Visit the schools, go to the open evenings, talk to the teachers and the pupils.

When are the open evenings?

Usually from June to October. (see above leaflet for dates)

  • Read the school prospectus – it will have detailed information about: how the school is run, which subjects are taught, the admissions criteria.
  • The prospectus should be available at the open evenings and on the school website
  • Talk to the Choice Adviser – Angela Buckee who can be contacted on 020 8359 7694 or by email: choice.advice@barnet.gov.uk
  • Read the secondary education booklet published by your home local authority which is available at the beginning of September.
  • Barnet’s booklet is at www.barnet.gov.uk/school-admissions
  • Talk to the Admissions Team – the team can offer you advice and answer your questions. They can be contacted on 020 8359 7651 or by email: school.admissions@barnet.gov.uk
  • If you live outside Barnet, you will find the contact details for your admissions team in Barnet’s secondary education booklet.
  • Look at exam results and Ofsted reports. The latest Ofsted reports are available from the Ofsted website www.ofsted.gov.uk
  • Achievement and attainment tables are available at www.education.gov.uk/performancetables
  • Look carefully at the admission criteria for each school. These may include selection tests, faith criteria, siblings, distance from the school.

When do I apply? The application process begins on 1 September. Here is a timetable of useful dates

Where do I apply? Online at www.eadmissions.org.uk

Can I get a paper application form? If you don’t have access to the internet you can get a paper form from the Admissions Team

How many schools can I apply for? You can apply for up to six schools which you rank in your order of preference

Can I apply to schools outside Barnet? Yes, you must include all your chosen schools, whether inside or outside the borough where you live.

cropped-logo-Copy.jpgDo I need to fill in any other forms? All voluntary aided schools and some foundation schools, free schools & academies will ask you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). The SIF will ask for additional information, for example faith schools will ask about church attendance and require a priest’s reference, selective schools will ask about any medical condition that needs to be taken into account at the test and they may also require a photograph, Jewish schools will also ask you to complete a a Certificate of Religious Practice (CRP), which must be signed by a Rabbi. SIFs and CRPs must be returned to the individual schools

Barnet now has 26 secondary schools including:

What else do I need to provide? Proof of address – your permanent address must be used on the application form.

Schools must give parents the test results before they apply for a school place – applications to sit the tests should be made directly to the individual school.

When will the tests be held? Most schools will hold tests early in the autumn term some schools will hold the tests in the summer term while your child is still in Year 5.

When is the closing date? At the end of October. The online system will close at 12 midnight on 31 October. Paper forms should be returned to the Admissions Team by Friday 25 October

Parents of children awaiting results of selection tests can return paper forms to the local authority by 31 October if unable to meet other deadlines

Co-ordinated admissions

The transfer process is co-ordinated by all 33 London boroughs.

How will places be allocated? If the school is over-subscribed, the admissions criteria will be applied to decide who can be offered a place – each application is considered as if it is equally preferred – your ranking order is not passed to the individual schools

Will I be offered more than one school place? If your child can be offered more than one school, you will be offered the highest rank possible, the lower preferences will be withdrawn and offered to other children. No child will be offered more than one school

When will I hear? 

  • National Offer Day is in early March
  • Online applicants can log in and see the result in the evening
  • Letters will be posted to all applicants by first class post

Accepting offers: 

  • Places to be accepted by 17 March
  • Online applicants can accept or reject their offer online
  • Other applicants need to return the reply slip

What happens if I don’t get any of my preference schools?

  • Your child will be allocated a place at the nearest school with a vacancy. You will remain on the waiting lists
  • You can appeal for a place – every parent has the right of appeal which are heard by an independent panel.
  • You will need to convince the panel that your child’s needs are more important than the school’s need to limit the admission number
  • Appeals are not usually successful unless there are exceptional grounds

A list of where our current Year 6 are moving on to in September 2017:  (this is as it stands at the moment)

  • The Compton School 28
  • Friern Barnet School 17
  • The Wren Academy  3
  • Ashmole Academy 6
  • St Andrew the Apostle 13
  • Totteridge Academy 1
  • Mill Hill High School 2
  • Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School 1
  • East Barnet 2
  • Henrietta Barnet 2
  • Alexandra Park School 1
  • Finchley Catholic High School 2
  • Fortismere School 2
  • Copthall School 1
  • Latymer School 3
  • An Independent School 1
  • Not yet known 2
  • Out of borough 1

This is where year 6 pupils went in 2016:

  • The Compton School 28
  • Totteridge Academy 1
  • Friern Barnet School 13
  • The Wren Academy  3
  • Ashmole Academy 2
  • QE Girls 1
  • St Andrew the Apostle 1
  • Mill Hill High School 3
  • East Barnet 1
  • The Archer Academy 1
  • An Independent School 1
  • Not yet known 2
  • Out of borough 1

This is where year 6 pupils went in 2015:

  • Friern Barnet  School 22
  • The Compton 18
  • Southgate  2
  • St Andrew the Apostle  3
  • QE Girls  2
  • Totteridge Academy  2
  • Mill Hill County  3
  • Wren 1
  • Latymer  1
  • City of London Academy 1
  • Highlands  1
  • East Barnet  1
  • Heartlands  1
  • Ashmole 2