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To download a copy of the School Prospectus for Year 7 admissions 2018, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

The school operates a clear and transparent admissions policy in keeping with our statutory responsibilities. This is published in full below.

How to apply

 To apply for a place, you must complete and return two separate forms

-   Common Application Forms are obtainable from and should be returned to the local education authority in which you live                                                                                                                                                                   

-   Finchley Catholic High School forms are available from and should be returned to the school .
For a copy of our application form, please click on the Year 7-11 tab on the right.

 by our published closing date: 

For those resident in the London Borough of Barnet by 31st October, 2017

For all other applicants  by 31st October, 2017

Return of Finchley Catholic High School form (including certificate of Catholic Practice reference) by 20th October, 2017.
Please note this is earlier than the LA deadline owing to half term holiday

Dates to note:

Meeting of Finchley Catholic High School Governors’ Admissions Panel  - Early January 2018

Return of ranked offer lists to LEA - 19th January, 2018

National Offer Day - 1st March, 2018

Acceptance or refusal returned to LEA - 15th March, 2018

Governors’ Appeals - May/June 2018 – date T.B.A

Year 6 Transition Day - 5th July 2018


In order to make an application, you should complete the School's Supplementary Information Form and return it to the Governors' Admissions Panel via the school office, together with all other relevant paperwork required for your application.

You must also complete a Common Application Form issued by your Local Education Authority and return it to them as per their instructions, and by the date they require.

If you do not complete both of the forms described above and return them by the closing date, the Governing Body may be unable to consider your application fully and it is very unlikely that your son will get a place at the school.

A waiting list will be maintained in the order of the over subscription criteria until the end of the academic year. Late Applications for Secondary Transfer will only be considered if there are extenuating circumstances for the delay. All such applications will be considered by the Admissions Authority.

 All unsuccessful applicants will be offered a right of appeal. Information on how to register an appeal will be available from the Admissions Officer from the beginning of the second week
in March.

For further clarification on how to apply or to request hard copies of any documents, please contact us by phone or email.

Information on appeals (2018 Admission)

If you have not been offered a place at Finchley Catholic High School, the law entitles you to appeal against that 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 an Appeal Form Click here. 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 may appeal for more than one school.

Before you complete please read this guide to appeals. Click here

The timetable for appeals is as follows:-

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2018

4 pm on Thursday 29 March 2018.  Any appeal forms received after this date will be considered a late appeal and may not be heard until September 2018.  You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage. 

Appeals will take place on

Friday 11 May 2018

Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel

At least 10 school days before the hearing

Any additional  or supporting evidence

Friday 4 May 2018. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

By Friday 18 May 2018

In year appeals

These appeals are heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being lodged with the Clerk.  Unless you waive this right, you will be given 10 school days’ notice of the hearing.  Additional evidence must be sent to the Clerk to the panel not later than 5 working days before the hearing. Decision letters are dispatched 5 working days after the hearing.


Admissions Criteria (2018)

Secondary School Transfer - Year Seven

The Governing Body is the admission authority for the School. Boys will be admitted at the age of 11 without reference to ability or aptitude, in keeping with our Catholic and Comprehensive education principles. The number of intended admissions for September 2018 is 180 which is our Published Admission Number (PAN).

As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils.  Catholic doctrine and practice permeates every aspect of the school’s activities.  It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education be fully supported by the families of the pupils in the school.  All applicants are therefore expected to give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.

Places will be awarded primarily to applicants who are baptised Catholics.

Applications must be supported by:

  • A Baptismal Certificate in the Catholic Faith (criteria 1-5 inclusive).
  • A current Certificate of Catholic Practice signed by the family’s parish priest or by the priest of the parish in which the family normally worship and issued within the last six months   (criteria 2-4 inclusive)
  • Proof of residential address where the applicant lives for more than 50% of the school week, in the form of a Council Tax bill or the Electoral Roll.

 Fair Access

The school is committed to taking its fair share of vulnerable children who are hard to place, in accordance with locally agreed protocols.  Accordingly, outside the normal round of admissions, the governing body is empowered to give absolute priority to a child where admission is requested under any local protocol which carries the agreement of both the governing body and the Diocese of Westminster for the current admission year.  The governing body has this power even when admitting such a child would exceed the normal admission number.

Oversubscription Criteria

Where the number of applications exceeds the intended number of admissions, places will be awarded using the criteria set out below, which will be applied in strict priority order:

  1. Catholic looked after children and Catholic boys who have been adopted (or made subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been looked after (in the care of the local authority).
  2. Baptised Catholic siblings of current or past pupils of the school with a Certificate of Catholic Practice.
  3. Baptised Catholic children of members of staff who are employed by the Governing Body and have been in post for at least two years, at the time of application; with a Certificate of Catholic Practice.
  4. Other Baptised Catholic boys with a certificate of Catholic practice.
  5. Other baptised Catholic boys
  6. Other looked after male children and children who have been adopted (or made subject to ‘child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after (in the care of the local authority).
  7. Non-Catholic children of members of staff who are employed by the Governing Body and have been in post for two years, at the time of application.
  8. Boys of other faiths or none.

For the purpose of clarity, the term ‘Catholic’ means a member of a church that is in full communion with the See of Rome, including the Eastern Catholic Churches. 

Governors will give top priority within a category to a boy whose exceptional medical, social or pastoral needs justify a place at this school. Governors will require compelling written evidence from an appropriate professional e.g. doctor, priest or social worker. This evidence must be submitted by the closing date.

In case of applications in any category exceeding the number of places available, places will be offered according to the proximity of the boy’s home to the front gate of the school. The distance between these points is calculated using the Council’s computerised geographical information system. In the case of equal distance from the school or of more than one applicant from the same family applying for a remaining place, places will be offered by random allocation which will take place in the presence of an independent witness. Where the final place is offered to a child who has a twin/triplet etc applying for a place in the same school year, these siblings will also be admitted.

Requests for children to be educated outside their chronological age group will be considered by governors on an individual basis and will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) is dealt with by a completely separate procedure.  This procedure is integral to the making and maintaining of EHC plans by the pupil’s home Local Education Authority.  Boys with the school named in their EHC Plan will be admitted. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

Please note, the School is usually heavily over-subscribed and all places have, in recent years, been filled by boys meeting our Catholic criteria.

All applicants must complete an eAdmissions form or a  Common Application Form (CAF) which is available from and returnable to the local authority in which the family is resident. In addition applicants should complete Finchley Catholic High School’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which is supplied in the application pack. The CAF and the SIF are also obtainable from your local authority and are available on line. The CAF must be completed and submitted to the local authority by Tuesday 31st October 2017. The Supplementary Information Form (SIF) is available from the school or the local authority and should be completed and returned to the school by the closing date. If you do not complete both the CAF and the SIF and return them by the relevant closing dates, which may be different, the governing body may be unable to consider your application fully and it is possible that your child will not get a place at the school. Late applications will be considered after the initial allocation process has been completed.

Applications for criterion 1 must be accompanied by written proof of the child’s status from the appropriate authority. Applicants applying under criteria 2, 3 and 4 should submit a Certificate of Catholic Practice (CCP) by the closing date. This certificate is available from the priest at the parish where the family normally worships or from the diocesan website. It is the parent’s duty to ensure that the CCP is submitted to the school in good time. The priest will only sign the form if he knows you and agrees that you are a practising Catholic family.

Unsuccessful applicants will be invited to join the waiting list which will be maintained in the order of the over subscription criteria until the end of the academic year.

Late Applications for Secondary Transfer will only be considered in the normal admissions round if there are extenuating circumstances for the delay. All such applications will be considered by the admissions authority.

All unsuccessful applicants will be offered a right of appeal.  Information on how to register an appeal will be posted on the school website by 28th February each year. Appellants will have a minimum of 20 school days in which to lodge an appeal.

The final date for submitting the school application is Friday 20th October 2017. Notification letters will be sent out by the local authority on behalf of the Governors on March 1st 2018.


Applications for In-Year Admissions

Applications for in-Year admissions are made directly to the school. If a place is available and there is no waiting list then the school will inform parents whether or not a place is to be offered. If more applications are received than there are places available then applications will be ranked by the governing body in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  If a place cannot be offered at this time then you may ask for the reasons and you will be informed of your right to appeal. You will be offered the opportunity of being placed on a waiting list. The waiting list will be maintained by the governing body in the order of the oversubscription criteria and not in the order in which the applications are received. Names are removed from the list at the end of each academic year. When a place becomes available the governing body will re-rank the list and the school will inform parents of an offer of a place.


Applications for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11

Applications should be made directly to the Headteacher using the application form available from the school. Applicants are required to fulfil the entry requirements above and will be subject to the same over subscription criteria.

Sixth Form Applications

For details of the admissions policy for Sixth Form students, including female students applying from other secondary schools, please click here.