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Admissions and Appeals

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As a mixed foundation school for students aged 11 to 18,  Fortismere is its own admission authority.  This means that the governing body is responsible for setting and agreeing the school's Admissions policy (also known as the Admission Arrangements) and for making all admissions related decisions.

Applications for a place at Fortismere in the normal admissions round (secondary transfer Year 6-Year 7)

 If you want to apply for a place at Fortismere  for entry to Year 7 as part of the normal admissions round (also known as Secondary Transfer), you should apply via the local authority in which your child lives.  The local authority will publish information on its website explaining how to do this - make sure you read this information carefully.   If your child lives in Haringey, you can make an application for a place in Year 7 and find information about all local schools on the Haringey website School Admissions

All applications for places at Fortismere will be considered in line with our Admissions policy and places will be allocated on the basis of these arrangements only.


Read our Admissions policies below for full details of how places are allocated at Fortismere and how to make an application.  

Admission policy for entry from September 2023-2024

Admission policy for entry from September 2024-2025

In-year applications for a place at Fortismere

If you are applying for a place at Fortismere at any time other than when your child is starting Year 7 at secondary transfer time, or if you are applying for your child to move to Fortismere from their current secondary school, you will be making what is called an in-year application.  

All in-year applications for places at Fortismere are handled on behalf of the school by Haringey Local Authority Admissions Service.  Please contact Haringey Admissions Service to make an in-year application for a place at Fortismere – see this link for information on making an in-year application   

You can also contact Haringey Admissions Service by email: or by telephone: 020 8489 1000

Places at Fortismere will be offered in accordance with the criteria set out in the school’s Admissions policy.  If there are no places available in the required year group and your application is refused, you can request that your child’s name is added to the waiting list for the school.  If you apply for a place for your child at Fortismere and your application is refused you will have the right of appeal as outlined in our Admissions policy and on this page below.


    How to Appeal for a place at fortismere

If your child has not been offered a place at Fortismere School, the law allows you to appeal against the decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. The panel that hears your appeal is completely independent of the school.  Appeals for places at Fortismere are handled on behalf of the school by Haringey Local Authority who use an independent provider for all appeals.  Please note that you can only appeal if you have already been refused a place in writing after making a formal application. 

If you wish to appeal for a place at Fortismere, please complete the form via this link 

Please do not use any other appeal form or send your appeal to your local authority.  We suggest you read the Appeals Information Booklet here before completing your appeal form.

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you must give the grounds (reasons) for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal.  

Please note that the appeal form will ask you to download two utility bills (dated in the last three months).  If you do not have access to a scanner, please take two photographs with a mobile phone and upload the photographic files.

You can appeal to more than one school and you can still appeal if your child is on the waiting list for the school.  The Department for Education have produced advice for parents on school admission appeals - see this link for a copy

Your appeal will be organised by the Clerk to the appeal panel - you can contact them by email:

You can also access the appeal form via this link:

The timetable for In-Year Appeals is as follows: 

Last day for lodging your appeal form

20 school days after the decision letter informing you that your child has not been offered a place.

Invitation letter giving you details about your appeal hearing sent by the Clerk to the appeal panel

At least 10 school days before the hearing.  This may be sent via email

Any additional supporting evidence for your appeal

FIVE working days before your hearing. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account. Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any additional evidence by POST. All such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound, but may be stapled on the top left hand corner.  Paperwork submitted with your appeal form does not need to include 5 copies.  These should be sent to PO BOX 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

Usually within 5 - 10 school days after the hearing.

Information about Secondary Transfer appeals (for entry to Y7 in September 2024) will be posted here by 28 February 2024.