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Admissions and Appeals


As a mixed foundation school for children aged 11 to 18,  Fortismere is its own admissions authority.  Applications for a place at Fortismere, for entry to Year 7, should be made via the local authority in which you live. In-Year applications (Years 7-11) should be made to our local authority, Haringey. If you live in Haringey, secondary transfer applications can be made on the Haringey Website or by paper application, but you must not do both.  

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 applications are handled and how places are allocated at Fortismere.

Admission above PAN

Governors agreed to admit above the published admission number (243) for entry in September 2019.  270 students will admitted.

Admissions Policy 2019-2020

Admissions Policy 2020-2021

Proposed Admissions Policy 2021-2022

      Consultation on proposed Admissions policy for 2021

The governing body of Fortismere School are consulting on a proposed change to the Admissions policy for all admissions from September 2021 onwards. The consultation runs from 19 December 2019 to 30 January 2020 and governors would welcome feedback on the proposed change.

The full proposed Admissions Policy for 2021 is published on this page.  If you would like a paper copy of the proposed Admissions Policy please contact the school office.

What will change?

The change relates to priority for children of staff in our over-subscription criteria.  The proposed change will mean that from Sept 2021:

  • Priority for children of staff will only apply if the member of staff was recruited to fill a vacant post for which there was a skills shortage.
  • There will no longer be priority for the children of staff who have been employed at the school for at least 2 years unless the member of staff was recruited to fill a skills shortage post.

What is the reason for the proposed change?

The rational for the proposed change is the shortage of spaces for families locally. Fortismere must ensure that its main priority is to offer places to siblings, those with EHCPs, LAC students and local children. The number of places offered to children of staff is having an adverse impact on the spaces available within the local community and therefore the criterion needs to be more strictly applied.

What about the rest of the policy?

The rest of the policy will remain unchanged.

How can I respond to the consultation?

If you have any comments on the proposed change or would like to comment on any part of the Admissions policy please email the Governors or post your comments to the school.  Closing date for responses is 30 January 2020.


Post: Clerk to governors, Fortismere School, Tetherdown, Muswell Hill, London N10 1NE

After the closing date, Governors will consider the responses received.  The outcome of the consultation will be posted on the school website by the end of February 2020.

How to Appeal

If you have not been offered a place at Fortismere School, the law entitles you to appeal against the decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. The appeals are held at the school.

If you wish to appeal, please download and complete one of these forms:

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you must give the grounds 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. You can appeal to more than one school. You are advised to read the leaflet about appeals before you complete your appeal form. There is also a leaflet about appealing to a Sixth Form.

Please see the timetable for appeals here