Free schools and academies

We have 9 primary and 15 secondary academy and free schools in Barnet.

Free schools are funded by the government but aren’t run by us.  Academies are publicly funded independent schools, setting their own curriculum and term dates.

Find out how:

  • how academy schools are run
  • how free schools are run

Admissions to academy and free schools in Barnet

To apply for a school place at an academy or free school in Barnet contact the school to make your application ,you will have to apply through us for an academy or free school if you are starting:

  • primary school reception for the first time in September 2018
  • secondary school year 7 for the first time in September 2018

Barnet primary free schools and academies

Etz Chaim Primary

Rimon (Golder’s Green) Primary

Alma Primary

Watling Park is a primary free school which opened in September 2015

Barnet secondary free schools and academies

The Archer Academy free school

St Andrew the Apostle, Greek Orthodox School is a secondary free school

Setting up a free school or academy in Barnet

We are supportive of groups wanting to set up free schools in  Barnet, and encourage you to get in touch early with us to and talk to us about your plans. Contact us at

To apply to set up a free school you will need to contact the Department of Education.