We are thinking about moving to Barnet and looking at secondary school options for DS. I've looked at a few, but there are plenty that I don't know much about. Does anyone know anything about Christ's College Finchley, Friern Barnet School, Hendon School, Whitefield school? And am I right in thinking that The Totteridge Academy and London Academy, Edgware are not great?
Also, we're in a tricky situation as it'll be an in year admission - going into year 8 in Sep 2017, we currently living abroad (crown servants) and moving back to the UK in the summer. Plan is to move next door to our preferred school, but I know it's high risk, especially in London - does anyone have any advice on in year admissions??
Edgware is better than it used to be though it still doesn't have a great reputation. There is also QE boys.
You can call the schools to see which ones have places at the moment and enquire whether you can go on the waiting list for September. We were lucky that when we moved back the schools we were looking at (faith based) had places and held the place from March until September. Not sure if that would be a possibility now.
If you are considering independent then the obvious one is Haberdashers. There's also Aldenham. I have a very good friend who lives in the centre of Barnet and her DS goes to a school called St Columba's which she is very happy with.
Thanks both. Yes, Mill Hill county looks good. QE boys great, but selective so I really don't know if it's even possible to get in as an inyear admission.
I have spoken to some schools, and seems like holding a space is not possible - if they have a space they have to offer it to the first on the waiting list (and I think it has to be taken up within 2 weeks) and we can't get anywhere near the waiting list till we have an address in the area.
Davros, no not considering independent - fingers crossed that the state sector can accommodate us.. !
Anyone else know anything about the schools in the OP?
You may want to look at Southgate School in Cockfosters and Ashmole in Southgate as well. Both considered very good. Friern Barnet has a reputation for being slightly laid back and not as academic as the two I have mentioned. Not as popular. Then you have Compton in Friern Barnet and Wren Academy also Friern Barnet, Wren is CoE
Correct info on the Totteridge Academy - it is under subscribed by far and doesn't even have a 6th form anymore. This seems to be where you get allocated if no places are available in your chosen school.
If you have faith, there are good options: JCOSS, JFS (both Jewish), Wren (CoE), Finchley Catholic High School (RC).
If not, the best options are the Compton which is very ambitious for the children, East Barnet, the Archer etc. But again it will be very hard to get a place mid year.
Is there no alternative route for crown servants (armed forces?) and school admissions? That seems rather unfair.
anyone know anything about Friern Barnet School. Difficult to find much info apart from the fact it got the deputy head from Alexandra Park School a year ago or so. Can't find anyone who has sent or knows a child who goes there.
Andibump It's one of our local schools and quite a few pupils from our primary goes there. We went to the open day and I liked it, the only reason I don't want it is the performing arts bit as my son is more into sports. The people we know who goes there are very happy
The Totteridge Academy is an excellent school. The new head has been there just over a year. He brought in a new senior leadership team and they have turned the school around. This year they had their best ever GCSE results.
My DS left there in July with excellent results and is now at Woodhouse. DD is in year 9 and predicted very good GCSE results too.
I would strongly recommend anyone to visit it. Don’t listen to what people say, find out for yourself. The head is just amazing and I can only see the school go from strength to strength.