Barnet predefined catchment areas, also known as priority admission areas or just defined areas, have now been added to the site. This is a new feature which makes findaschool significantly more helpful for parents applying for primary school places in Barnet. The catchment areas are shown in green on the map.
Please note that these are provided for guidance purposes only – the borders of the catchment areas are not precise, so if you appear to live close to the boundary, please check with Barnet directly.
The admissions criteria for Barnet community schools are as follows (for full details, please see the latest Barnet primary school brochure):
- Looked after children;
- Children with an exceptional special social or medical need;
- Children living within the school’s catchment area;
- Children living outside the school’s catchment area.
If the school is oversubscribed within criteria 4, then Barnet prioritise admissions on the basis of home to school distance (measured in a straight line), and similarly for criteria 5. Therefore, Barnet distinguish between cut-off distances (i.e. the furthest home to school distance of a successful applicant) depending on whether the applicants home was within the catchment area or outside.
It is important to have both the cut-off distance data and the catchment areas to get an accurate picture of the successful admissions area, i.e. the hypothetical area you would have needed to live in to get a place at the school last year. This area represents your best guide as to the likelihood of success if you were to apply to the school in the future, and so is what you need to know if you are considering applying to the school this January, (or perhaps if you are trying to work out were to live in London / Barnet).
With all these different areas shown on the map it can get quite confusing. So, you may want to just look at the results table which lists all the schools. You can change the layout to show just the table using the button in the top right hand corner (NB – this only applies to the desktop version of the site). The table now has a column which estimates whether you are inside our outside the relevant areas, and gives a simple tick or cross to indicate whether you would have got in. Please note again that this is only an estimate, and may not be correct if you are near the boundary of with the catchment area or the cut-off distance area.
One other option to clean up the map is to turn off admission areas for all schools. The admission area and catchment will still be shown for the highlighted school (i.e the one selected by tapping, clicking or moving the mouse over its icon). To do this, click on the menu button at the top right hand corner of the screen, choose control options, and then you will see a toggle button to turn off the admission areas.