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Admissions and Appeals Process

Admissions 2017/2018

Applications for places at Copthall School Academy will be made in accordance with the London Borough of Barnet’s co-ordinated secondary school admissions scheme, details of which will be included in the authority's booklet 'A Guide to Secondary School Education in Barnet Information for Parents 2017' and distributed in September 2016. For September 2017 admissions, The Governing Body of the Academy have agreed an admission number of 210 students. Copthall School Academy Trust will accordingly admit at least 210 students in Year 7, if sufficient applications are received and, 180 students in each of years 8-11. There is a separate admissions policy for the sixth form. Admission to Y7 – applications should be made as part of the co-ordinated admissions process. Applications should be made on the Common Application Form and returned to Barnet or your home Borough if you live outside Barnet. There is no supplementary application form. Places are allocated according to the following order of priority:-

1. ‘looked after’ and children who were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been ‘looked after’.

2. Children who, at the time of admission, have a sibling living at the same address in Years 7-11 at the school (or who is in Years 12 or 13 if they previously attended in Years 7-11 for at least one year). Siblings will include step siblings, foster siblings and adopted siblings. It will not include other children living permanently at the same address.

3. Children who, at the time of admission, have a sibling as defined above living at the same address in Years 7-11 at our partner school Christ’s College (or who is in Years 12 or 13 at Christ’s College, if they previously attended Christ’s College in Years 7-11 for at least one year).

4. Children of members of staff at either Christ’s College Finchley or Copthall School, provided they have been directly employed at the school for a minimum of two years 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).

5. Remaining places are offered on a geographical basis, with priority given to those who live closest to the school when measuring distance in a straight line.

The Governing Body has a duty to consider all applications made by parents of students with a Statement of Special Educational Needs under the 1996 Education Act.

The Admissions Forum or the council may require the school to admit a child exceptionally, either outside the normal admission arrangements or in excess of the published admission limit, in order to protect the interests of vulnerable children and those with challenging behaviour. These pupils will be shared between schools in ways that are fair, objective and transparent.

Admissions Limit


In Year Admissions to Years 7 – 11 are also part of a co-ordinated system operated by the London Borough of Barnet. The school is normally fully subscribed and a waiting list is usually operated in all year groups.

The London Borough of Barnet Admissions Department is based at
Building 4
North London Business Park
Oakleigh Road South
London N11 1NP

Tel: 0208 359 7651 

Aims and Expectations as follows:

At Copthall we have an inclusive ethos in which we expect the highest standards of behaviour and engagement with learning.  Our priority is to offer our students a highly personalised academic journey – a curriculum rich with opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. 

In addition to their studies, students are offered a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities that involve mentoring, cultural activities, visits and trips, STEM workshops, a full Careers programme and a range of partnership opportunities including universities, businesses, charities and our alumnae. These help to raise their aspirations and enhance their transferable skills, preparing them for life beyond school. 

Our aim is for every student to leave Copthall with the ambition to succeed and the skills they will need, including complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence, an understanding of social responsibility and the confidence to find their place in today’s global economy. We want to ensure they play important, influential and aspirational roles, ready to make a positive contribution to society.


Copthall School has a strict uniform policy in Years 7 through to 11.  Students are expected to wear the uniform properly on their way to and from school, as well as at school. Students in the 6th form must also meet school expectations of appropriate dress and appearance. We do not ban mobile technologies, such as phones, from the school but have strict rules about their use.  Students who do not adhere to the rules will have their mobile devices confiscated for a period of time.  This gets the balance right between families needing to be ‘in contact’ and learning not being impeded by inappropriate and casual use.

Education after 16/ Sixth Form Curriculum

Most of our places in the 6th Form are taken by students progressing from Year 11, however, every year we welcome applications from students from other schools.  These applications, made to the head of Sixth Form, adhere to the whole school admissions policy.  We offer a range of A Level and vocational courses. Students progressing to university and higher education are well supported by expert staff and a specialist programme.


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