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Visiting us & Admissions

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.

We welcome prospective parents and their daughters to visit us during our Open Evening from 6pm until 8.30pm on Tuesday 11th September 2018.  The Headteacher Ms Forde will speak in the main hall at 6.45pm and again at 7.15pm. Guided tours will be arranged following each talk.  The final tour is at 8pm.  Limited parking is available on site via our Pursley Road entrance.  Meet our pupils, see their impressive work and experience the exciting array of extra-curricular activities on offer here at Copthall, including our STEM scholarship programme. Please express your interest here: where you can also let us know if you would like to visit during the school day at a time which is convenient to you.  Open Mornings will take place w/c 17th September so please check back here for confirmed dates nearer the time.

We also welcome visits from prospective parents throughout the academic year, which offers the chance to see us in action on a normal working day. Please email or call 020 8959 1937 and ask for Admissions to make arrangements.

Consideration for our neighbours

Our relationships with members of our local community are very important to us. We would therefore ask anyone attending any events at Copthall to consider our neighbours, and either come by public transport, park on Pursley Road or some distance away from the school and walk. In particular, Page Street (where our student on-foot entrance is situated) is a narrow road which suffers congestion so is not suitable for parking by visitors to the school. Please note that there is only limited parking available on site.

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.


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