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Schools and colleges in Barnet

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The School admission arrangements for 2018/2019 consultation has now closed, and the results are now available to view.

Look for schools in Barnet, types of schools, and school holiday and term dates:

About our schools

We have 128 schools in Barnet:

  • 4 nursery schools
  • 90 primary schools
  • 23 secondary schools
  • 3 all-through schools
  • 6 special schools
  • 2 Pupil Referral Units (PRUs)/Hospital Schools

Types of schools

Community schools are schools owned and maintained by Barnet Council. The council has overall responsibility for the community schools' admissions and the council arranges appeals for places at these schools.

Foundation schools are funded by the council, but the governing bodies of individual schools own the buildings, are responsible for setting the admissions criteria and handling the process including the arrangement of appeals.

Voluntary aided schools are schools funded by the council but 'voluntary bodies' (usually religious) own the buildings, and the governors of the schools are responsible for setting the admissions criteria, handling the process and arranging appeals.

Free schools are all-ability state-funded schools set up in response to what local people say they want and need, in order to improve education for children in their community.

Academies are independent schools, but no fees are charged to parents and they are required to participate in co-ordinated admission arrangements. The governing body is responsible for setting the admission criteria and for arranging appeals.

All-through schools comprise both primary and secondary education phases, where children are educated from age 3 or 4 through to age 18.

An independent or private school is a school that is independent in its finances and governance. It is not dependent upon national or local government for financing its operations, nor reliant on taxpayer contributions. Information about independent schools can be found from the Independent Schools Council.


Woodhouse College in North Finchley is partnered with The Compton School and Friern Barnet School, and students from these schools have priority entry. The college offers full-time education for students aged 16 to 19 and offers a wide variety of courses. For further course information please contact the college directly.

Barnet and Southgate College is one of the largest colleges in North London. The College delivers a variety of courses across five campuses. For further course information please contact the college directly.

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