London Borough of Barnet

Schools and colleges

View of Henrietta Barnett School, Hampstead Garden Suburb

We have 118 schools in Barnet, 92 primary and nursery schools, 22 secondary schools and four special schools.

There are four nursery schools, for children aged three to five-years-old, and also 50 nursery classes attached to primary schools.

Out of the four special schools in Barnet, two schools are for nursery/primary aged children (two - 11 years), and two schools for secondary aged children and young people (11-19 years).

For further details and to find a school near you, see our schools directory.

FYi is the main point of contact for accessing information about education. You may contact us if you:

  • specific advice or guidance on education issues
  • want advice and assistance about dealing with a complaint or problem with a particular school in order to consider possible ways to try and resolve the matter
  • want to access educational information including term dates.

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.

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 16-19 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.

First Contact

North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP

Tel: 020 8359 2000

Fax: 0870 889 7458

Barnet and Southgate College

Typetalk: 18001 020 8200 8300 (deaf and hard of hearing)

Tel: 020 8266 4000

Fax: 020 8208 7177

Working with Children in Barnet

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Independent schools

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