Admissions and Appeals
Statutory Consultation on Admission Arrangements 2020
The governing body of Fortismere School are consulting on proposed changes to the Admissions policy for all admissions from September 2020 onwards. The consultation will run from Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Tuesday 29 January 2019 and governors would welcome feedback on the proposed changes.
The full proposed Admissions Policy for 2020 is published at the bottom of this page. If you would like a paper copy of the proposed Admissions Policy please contact the school office.
What will change?
The changes relate to sibling links in our over-subscription criteria and in relation to fraudulent or misleading applications. The proposed changes will mean that:
- The sibling link will not apply if the older child joined the school in Year 12 as an external student.
- The sibling link will not apply if a place was obtained for an older child using fraudulent or misleading information such as an address of convenience.
What is the reason for the proposed changes?
The rationale for the proposed change is to prioritise children who live in the local community.
Entry to Year 12 is dependent on exam results and external Year 12 students who join the sixth form may not live locally to the school. The current sibling link means that a student who lives some distance from the school could join in Year 12 based on their exam results and if they had younger siblings they would be prioritised over local children without siblings in the school..
Removing the sibling link for fraudulent or misleading applications means that if governors decide not to withdraw a place because, for example, the child has already started at the school, any younger siblings from the same family who apply will no longer be prioritised.
What about the rest of the policy?
Governors are increasing the Published Admission Number from 243 to 270 but does not need to consult on this change. We will publish the change on our website and inform the local authority. The rest of the policy will remain unchanged.
How can I respond to the consultation?
If you have any comments on the proposed changes 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 Tuesday 29 January 2019.
Post: Clerk to governors, Fortismere School, Tetherdown, Muswell Hill, London N10 1NE
After the closing date, Governors will consider all the responses received. The outcome of the consultation will be posted on the school website by the end of February 2019.
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 the published admission number for September 2018
Governors have recently agreed to admit above the published admission number of 243. In September 2018, 270 students will be admitted to Year 7.
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.