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Barclay Academy

Barclay Academy

Barclay Academy

Welcome toBarclay Academy

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Barclay Academy prides itself on being an inclusive school which values young people of all abilities. Our aim is to make all of our new students feel welcome, safe and confident for their time at Barclay Academy. Joining our Academy is a really exciting time and you will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of subjects and activities. Sports, music, dance, art, drama and science are some of the opportunities and experiences that are waiting for you at Barclay Academy.

We hope that you will find the information contained in this section useful.

Year 7 admissions

Leaving your primary school and moving to the new, much bigger world of secondary education can feel worrying and stressful. Our aim is to make all our new students feel welcome and safe so that you hit the ground running at the start of Year 7 and make a great start to what will hopefully be some of the best years of your life. We offer an excellent transition programme which allows children and parents to participate in a number of events before the child starts school in September to help support them through their journey into secondary school. If your child is joining us from primary school, your child will have the opportunity to visit the school on Secondary Transfer/Taster Day, when students from all primary schools within the borough attend their new school for the day. This is important for the students as they will get the opportunity to meet their Form Tutors, start making friends with other students in their year group, and familiarise themselves with the school site. There will also be a Welcome Event for parents and students in July when you can learn more about Barclay Academy’s enrichment opportunities, meet staff and form tutors, and ask questions.

Barclay Academy is a non-selective academy, with an agreed admissions number of 196 students per academic year. If the school is oversubscribed, applications are considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of students with Statements of Special Educational Needs where Barclay Academy is named on the Statement, the selection criteria will be applied in this order:

Rule 1.

Admission of children in Public Care: Children Looked After (CLA)/ Previously Looked After (PCLA)*.

Rule 2.

Admission of children with specific medical needs, social needs and special needs where the
application is supported by specific written advice as to why admission to the Academy is necessary.

A panel of HCC officers will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to Barclay Academy and must clearly demonstrate why Barclay Academy is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.

Rule 3.

Admission of children with siblings currently attending the Academy and who will continue to do so on the date of admission. The term "sibling" means a full, step, half, adopted or foster brother or sister, but not cousins. The Academy reserves the right to ask for proof of relationship once offers have been made.

Rule 4.

Children who live in the priority area for whom it is their nearest* Hertfordshire maintained school or academy that is non-faith, co-educational and non-partially selective.

Note: Non-partially selective means that the school does not offer any places based on academic ability.

Rule 5.

Admission of children who live closest to the Academy, as measured by the shortest walking route. The student's permanent address is where he or she normally lives and sleeps and goes to school from. Proof of residence can be requested once offers have been made. If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the Academy, applicants may lose their priority for admission.

Rule 6.

Children living outside the priority area on the basis of distance, with those living nearest to the school given priority. These rules are applied in the order they are printed above. If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tie break will be used by applying the next rule to those children.

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009, he or she will be starting Year 7 in secondary school from September 2020. Applications for admission to Year 7 are managed by Hertfordshire County Council. To apply for a place in Year 7 at Barclay Academy please apply online via the following link:

Applications open on the 1st of September 2019 for entry to Year 7 in September 2020. On-time applications close on the 31st October 2019 (late on-time applications: 11th December 2019) and you will be notified of the outcome of your application on 2nd March 2020. If your application is not successful, you can put your child’s name on the waiting list managed by Hertfordshire County Council.

For details on how to apply for Year 7, please refer to the How-To-Guide below:

If your child has an EHCP, the school named in their Plan must offer them a place. Barclay Academy can accept students with EHCPs. If your child has an EHCP and you're unsure if a school is suitable for them, you can talk to your allocated EHC Coordinator or SEN Service.

If you think your child needs an EHC plan a request for an assessment can be done together with your child’s school, a doctor or health visitor:

If your child is being assessed for special educational needs you should follow the standard online application process. If you don't apply for a school place through admissions and your child doesn't get an EHCP you may miss out on a place at one of your preferred schools.


Parents or guardians who would like to apply for a place at Barclay Academy at any time other than Year 7, will need to apply using the Hertfordshire County Council in-year online-application form. You can find the In-Year Application Form, by selecting the link.
Once an application has been received by the Hertfordshire County Council’s Admissions Team, the council will make a decision as to whether a place can be offered. If a school has more vacancies than applications, your child will be offered a place. If the school has more applications than places available, admission rules are used to decide the order that applicants are offered places. If we are unable to offer a place, the child’s name will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the published admissions criteria.
For details on how to apply for an in-year place for your child please refer to the document below:


If it has not been possible to offer your child a place at Barclay Academy, you have the right, by law, to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Please bear in mind that although the law allows you to have the opportunity to appeal against admission decisions, it does not give your child the automatic right to a place at a particular school. There is no guarantee that your appeal will be successful and each case will be decided on its own merits by the independently appointed panel.
Appeals for Barclay Academy are processed by Hertfordshire County Council, and further information about the process can be found on the Hertfordshire County Council’s website. If you are appealing for Secondary Transfer 2020, your application outcome letter will include information on the timescale for submitting an appeal.

For future information about admissions appeals please click on the link.

Tours of the school

Parents and carers are warmly encouraged to visit the school before applying for a place. We offer regular tours of the school, which include tours of the classrooms, halls and outdoor space, and provides an opportunity to see the teaching and learning that takes place. If you would like to view the school please contact the school office to arrange a visit. 
Tel: 01438 232 221
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