Monken Hadley CE Primary School


The responsibility for admission to the school rests with the Governors. The published admission number (pan) for the school is 20 children. If the school receives more applications than it has places to offer, it will not be possible to accept all the children applying. In this event the Governors will offer places in accordance with the Oversubscription Criteria laid out below.


To apply for a place at Monken Hadley C of E Primary School, parents/carers must complete their home Local Authority Common Application Form, naming the school. The form must be submitted to their home Local Authority by the national closing date for applications.  Places are offered on a full time basis from the September following the child’s fourth birthday. Please see the below guide for more information.

Starting school in Barnet September 2023

The admission of a child that has an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan is considered under a separate process and the school will be consulted separately about its ability to meet the child’s particular needs. In accordance with Section 324 of the Education Act 1996, the School will admit any child with an EHC Plan for whom the School is named.

Oversubscription Admissions Criteria

1. *looked after children and all previously looked after children, including those children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted 

2. Children with brothers and sisters attending the school at the time of application Siblings are defined as a brother or sister who lives at the same address as a child applying, and may be full, half, step, adopted or foster siblings. When multiple birth siblings are offered places they will be offered places at the same time. If only one place is available and the next child who qualifies for a place is a multiple birth sibling the school will go over its pan in order to accommodate that child. 

3. Children who live within 0.6 miles of the school 

4. Children who live within 4 miles of the school and who have a parent/carer who is a regularly worshipping member* at St Mary the Virgin Church, Monken Hadley** 

5. Children who live within 2 miles of the school and who have a parent/carer who is a regularly worshipping member* at a Church which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity***  

6. Any other child


*Note: By a “looked-after child” we mean one in the care of a local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of its social services function. An adoption order is one made under the Adoption Act 1976 (Section 12) or the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Section 46). A ‘child arrangements order is one settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live (Children Act 1989, Section 8, as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014, Section 14). A ‘special guardianship order’ is one appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian/s (Children Act 1989, Section 14A). Applications under this criterion should be accompanied by evidence to show that the child is looked after or was previously looked after (e.g. a copy of the adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order).”


**The Governors consider the term “ a regularly worshipping member” to mean attending at least two services per month for the past two years. For those who have recently moved, confirmation of attendance will be required from a former minister.


*** Parents/carers who wish to be considered under Oversubscription Criteria 4 or 5 should complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF) in order that the Governors have the information to consider these applications fully.  This SIF should be sent to the school no later than the closing date for applications.

 =The Admissions Committee will, acting reasonably and if it considers it necessary, make further enquiries and investigations in order to ascertain the accuracy of the information provided. 

Supplementary Information Form


Unless otherwise stated distances are measured from the address point for the child’s home, supplied by Ordnance Survey, to the school’s main gate. The distance between these points is calculated by Barnet Council’s computerised geographical information system


If in any category there are more qualifying children than there are places available, priority will be given to the child whose permanent address is closest to the school. Random allocation will be used as a tie-break to decide who has the highest priority for admission if the distance between two children’s homes and the School is the same. This will be supervised by a person who is wholly independent of the school.


Children who are unsuccessful in gaining a place at our school during the primary application process will remain on a waiting list until the end of the summer term. Barnet Council will write to all parents/carers at this time asking if they wish to remain on the waiting list for the following academic year. The Governors will allocate any available places from the waiting list in accordance with the Oversubscription Criteria.


Admissions are ranked according to the criteria, not the age of a child. A place may be deferred until the following school year if the child is born between 1st April and 31st August (summer born children).  Should the parents wish to defer to the following year this must be done in consultation with the school.  If is it agreed that this is in the best interests of the child then the family can reapply the following year. At this point the usual admissions criteria are applied again for the new date of admissions and any admission is based on the admissions criteria; a place is not held by the school if a family decide to defer a child's admission.

CHILDREN OUT OF AGE (Year 1 – Year 6)

Requests for children to be admitted outside their chronological age group should be addressed to the Chair of Governors during the application process. The Admissions Committee will consider each request on its own merits and permission will only be given in exceptional circumstances.


The Governors will comply with the locally agreed Fair Access Protocol 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 children with challenging behaviour. These pupils will be shared between all schools in ways that are fair, objective and transparent.


Parents/carers interested in applying for a place outside of the normal round of admissions are invited to come and look around the school and should contact the School Office to arrange an appointment. Applications for In Year places are made via Barnet Council:


If the school is unable to offer a place then the child will be placed on a waiting list until the end of the summer term. Barnet Council will write to all parents/carers at this time asking if they wish to remain on the waiting list for the following academic year. The Governors will allocate any available places from the waiting list in accordance with the Oversubscription Criteria. Time spent on a waiting list is not taken into account and it is possible that a child’s waiting list position will go down as well as up.


Parents/carers have the right to make a formal appeal against any decision made by, or on behalf of, the Governors not to admit their child to the School. The School uses Barnet Council to organise its appeals. Further information on the appeal process will be sent to you if your application is unsuccessful. Parents/carers wishing to appeal should contact the School Office in the first instance. Appeals will be considered by an Appeals Committee, which will comprise three independent members. Parents/carers will have the opportunity of presenting their case to the Committee in person. Appeals are held at a local venue. Parents /carers will be notified as soon as possible of the Committee's decision which will be binding on the Governors.

The appeal process begins 20 days from the date of request to appeal. The family have that period to complete the school's appeals form (below) and to present further supporting evidence. The school will also use this period to prepare their supporting statement. 10 days notice will then be given for the date of the appeal hearing which Barnet will set up independently of the school.  The panel are all independent and will have no connection to the school. Typically the panel will be made of three members, with one member acting as the Chair.  Any decision from the date of the appeal is made after the appeal hearing and will be shared with the family and school within 5 working days of the appeal.

Appeals Form


Late applications will be considered in accordance with the arrangements set out in Barnet guidelines. Click on box below.

Barnet Guidelines