Visiting us & Admissions

Admissions for September 2020 - Consultation

Copthall School seeks your views on our proposed school admission arrangements for the academic year 2020/21.

The consultation period runs from 13th December 2018 until Thursday 31st January 2019 inclusive. We are consulting on two proposed changes to our admission policy which can be reviewed in the letter and policy attached below.

We welcome any comments that you would like to be considered. Please address these to the Chair of Governors, either in writing at Copthall School Admissions Consultation, Pursley Road, Mill Hill, NW7 2EP, or by email to  

The Governing Body will then consider all responses received by 31st January 2019 before determining the final admission arrangements by 28th February 2019.

Letter regarding Consultation

Admissions Policy 2019-2020 - Subject to Consultation

Admissions Policy Appeals Procedure


Current Admissions Arrangements

We know that getting a feel for a school is an important part of the application process. We offer a range of opportunities for parents and students to visit us in the run up to the October admissions deadline. These include an open evening, open mornings, taster lessons for Year 6 students and small group tours.

Admissions for 2018/19 and for September 2019:

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 are included in the booklet 'A Guide to Secondary School Education in Barnet Information for Parents'.  For September 2019 admissions, The Governing Body of the Academy have agreed an admission number of 180 students.  Copthall School Academy Trust will accordingly admit at least 180 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. Applications for admission to Y7 should be made as part of the co-ordinated admissions process and 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 order of priority published in our admissions policy attached below.  To apply for a place for a place at Copthall School Academy Trust during the school year, parent(s) can apply through Barnet Local Authority, or contact the school directly for information.

Details of the Appeals process are included in the policy document attached below.

Aims and Expectations:

At Copthall we have an inclusive ethos in which we expect the highest standards of behaviour and engagement with learning.  It is our mission to provide an excellent education for all our students.  Our priority is to offer our students a highly personalised academic journey – a curriculum rich with opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.   We are proudly a values-driven school and we live and make decisions based on our values every day.

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.

Uniform and use of mobile phones

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/or casual use.

Education after 16 / Sixth Form Curriculum

Many 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. Please see 6th Form website for more information.


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