Robert Barclay Academy

School: Robert Barclay Academy
Type: Academy
Address: Cock Lane Hoddesdon Hertfordshire EN11 8JY
Telephone: 01992 410800
Age range: 11-18

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Admission rules for Robert Barclay Academy

This is an academy mixed-sex secondary school. It was called Sheredes School until 2016. 

RULE 1: Children who are/were looked after until they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).

RULE 2: Medical or social needs. You must provide supporting evidence from a doctor, psychologist or other professional. You must convince a panel that only this one school can meet your child’s needs.

RULE 3: Sibling. Children with a sibling at the school at the time of application (unless the sibling is in their final year). A ‘sibling’ means a sister, brother, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, or child of the parent/carer or partner. The children must live in the same house from Monday to Friday. 

RULE 4: Children of staff. 

RULE 5: You live in the priority area and this is your nearest school or academy that’s mixed-sex, non-faith and non partially selective (ie it doesn't select by ability). Not sure? Call Herts County Council on 0300 123 4043 or use the tool on their website. Ignore any single-sex, faith schools or partially selective schools that are closer to your house – they're irrelevant under this Rule. Tiebreaker: proximity to the school.

RULE 6: You live in the priority area - but this isn't your nearest school (using the definition above). Tiebreaker: proximity to the school.

RULE 7: You live outside the priority area and it's your nearest school. Tiebreaker: proximity to the school.

RULE 8: You live outside the priority area - and it's not your nearest school. Tiebreaker: proximity to the school. 

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