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Ashmole Academy

Admissions and Appeals

Below are listed the criteria for admission this coming September. To view the admission criteria applicable from next year (September 2018) please click here.

Criteria for Admission – September 2017

Co-educational Comprehensive with Science and Music College Status

Pupil numbers 232
Age range 11 - 18
Number on roll 1560 as at September 2016
Number of applications

1390 for entry September 2016



Admission to Year 7

The admission of pupils is controlled and administered by the Governing Committee of Ashmole Academy. Pupils will be admitted normally at age 11 and without reference to ability. The published admission number will be 232.

The admissions arrangements provide that when applications for admission exceed the number of places available, places will be offered in accordance with the following criteria:

(a) Children who are ‘looked after’ under provision of the Children Act 1989 and including those children who have previously been looked after, meaning children who were adopted, or the subject of a residence order or special guardianship order, immediately following having been looked after.
(b) Children who have a sibling at the academy at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made.  *
(c) Sons and daughters of members of staff (teaching and non-teaching) who have been employed for two years or more at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made.
(d) Up to 20 children who show an aptitude for music.  **
(e) Any other children, priority being given to proximity of a child’s home to Ashmole Academy, as measured by the Local Authority in a straight line from the Head Teacher’s office to the applicant’s home, those living nearest to Ashmole Academy having the highest priority.  ***

The criteria will be taken in order of the list above.  Where there are more applicants than places within criteria (a), (b) and (c), or in the event of tied scores in criterion (d), then the distance criterion at (e) will apply.

The Admission Forum, or the local authority, may require the academy 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 with challenging behaviour.  These pupils will be shared between schools in ways that are fair, objective and transparent.

Waiting List

Applicants who are unsuccessful will be given the option of going onto a waiting list.  In the event of a place becoming available, criteria (a), (b) and (e) will be applied at the time the place becomes available, to those on the waiting list.  The waiting list will be kept until 31 December 2017.

Late Applications

Applications received by the local Authority after the closing date from families who have relocated to the area will be considered under criteria (a) and (e) only and providing the application is received before decisions have been made on offers by Governors.  Other late applications will be placed on the waiting list and offers made if places become available, according to the over-subscription criteria.

* Siblings would include half, step, adoptive and foster siblings provided they also live at the same address as the sibling already at the academy at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made.

Each candidate applying under this criterion will be invited to attend a written musical aptitude test at the academy.

The test is of approximately 40 minutes duration and does not require any previous knowledge of music or music theory. There will be 60 questions to include pitch, rhythm, texture and melody.

Candidates will be notified in advance of the test date and venue. Those unable to attend on this date due to compelling religious, medical or other reasons will be offered one alternative date.

Candidates who achieve the qualifying mark in the test will be invited to an audition to perform a single piece on their chosen instrument or vocally. This will be a free choice of piece, which should last no longer than three minutes. As there is a free choice of instrument and piece, candidates of all abilities and all cultures will have equal opportunity to succeed. The purpose of the audition is not to assess ability but rather to determine whether the candidate has the capacity to learn or develop musical skills and benefit from the facilities at the academy.

Those candidates invited to audition will be given an individual appointment during the school day.

*** This criterion relates to the student’s recognised permanent home address and place of residence at the time of the closing date for applications to the Local Authority. Documentation should be included to verify this address. The offer of a place may be withdrawn if the address given is found not to be the permanent address. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the child’s home address will be taken to be the address of the main parent/carer eligible to receive Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit.
*** The new school admissions code (September 2013) stipulates that schools must inform parents of the outcome of the musical aptitude test before parents submit their local authority CAF (Common Application Form). Dates for musical aptitude will therefore be set before this time.

Year 7 Admissions Timetable for Sept 2017 Entry

Wednesday 5th October 2016 Secondary Transfer Evening:  There will be a talk by the Head Teacher at 7.00 pm and 8.15 pm.  Prospective parents and students will have the opportunity to view the school and pick up admissions packs.
Monday 31st October 2016 closing date for the return of the Common Application Form (CAF) to your local authority or to complete the form online through e-admissions.
Wednesday 1st March 2017 National Allocation Day:  Letter sent to parents with offers of a place from the local authority.
March to September 2017 Further offers may be made from waiting list by Ashmole Academy.
June/July 2017

Appeals hearings will be heard.  Please scroll to the bottom of the page for more information on appeals.


Click here to access the Ashmole Academy Prospectus

Click here to access the Ashmole Academy Information Booklet

Click here to access the Barnet Secondary Schools Admissions Information page

Click here to access the Sixth Form Admissions Page

Click here to access the Ashmole Primary School Admissions Page


Admission to Year 12

Each year there are places available for external students to join Year 12 who are transferring from Year 11 at a previous school.  The number is dependent upon the number of Year 11 Ashmole students wishing to continue into Year 12 but it is anticipated that the minimum number of places available will be about 50.  The places are for Advanced courses only.  

To gain entry into the sixth form, students must meet the general entry requirements of at least five or more A*-C at GCSE with a GCSE grade of 5 or above in English Language and Maths. In addition, most subjects have an extra compulsory admission requirement of grade B or higher in the subject specified. These additional admission criteria are shown in the table in the prospectus. Passes at BTEC 1st Certificate or Diploma including a merit or distinction are not included as suitable for A level.

The 6th form prospectus has full details.

Offers of places will be given following attendance at the enrolment day and evidence that the entry requirements have been met.  Advanced students are required to follow a minimum course programme of four AS levels in Year 12.

Over subscription will be determined by three criteria.  These are:

  1. Looked after students as in (a) above
  2. Students for whom places on appropriate courses are available, and then

In order of GCSE point scores.


Above information correct at time of going to press.