Admissions policy

Please click here for the Nightingale Academy admissions policy. 

Please click here for the Nightingale Academy Admissions Arrangements for School Year 2019 -2020. 

Primary Transition Process 

All admissions for the transition from Primary into Year 7 at Nightingale Academy are managed by the Enfield School Admissions Service at the Enfield Council. 

How to apply:

Primary to Secondary transition applications are strongly advised by Enfield Council to be made online by clicking hereOnce your applications have been considered under the criteria below, Enfield Schools Admissions Service will offer places to the students' preferred school. 

Applications are allocated on the following criteria:

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) and children who were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after. 
  2. Children for whom a particular school is appropriate on exceptional medical grounds. Such applications will be considered under this criterion only if they are supported by an attached written statement from a doctor. This must demonstrate that there is a very specific connection between the child’s medical need and the school requested. 
  3. Children with a brother or sister who will be attending the school at the time of proposed admission. The children concerned must be living at the same address. 
  4. Children whose parent is a member of staff who has been employed at the school concerned for two or more years at the time of application and/or children of a member of staff who has been recruited to fill a vacancy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. 
  5. Children living nearest to the school measured ‘as the crow flies’, that is, in a straight line from the child’s home to the main entrance of the school (travel by private car or public transport will not be taken into account). 
For primary to secondary transfer, sibling priority will only be given where the older sibling will still be attending the school in the September that the younger child joins. Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs will be offered a place at a school if it is named in their Statement in accordance with the Education Act 1996 and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. 

For more information, call the Enfield School Admissions Service on 0208 379 5501 or visit the Admissions website here.

Admission Procedure for In-Year Transfer

What is a mid-term admission?

Mid term admissions are those that take place at a time other than the beginning of the academic year in which they transfer to secondary school at 11 years old. All mid-term admissions are processed through Enfield Schools Admission Service based at the Civic Centre in Enfield. The Service deals with all requests for transfers.

You will need to complete and return an In-Year Admission Form to the address below:

London Borough of Enfield,
Civic Centre
Silver Street

Enfield Schools Admission Service will process the application and send details to the Admission Officer at Nightingale Academy who will write to the parents and student inviting them into the Academy to meet with the relevant staff.

Click here to visit the London Borough of Enfield School Admissions web page

Admissions Appeals Process

Timetable for Admissions Appeals 

Academies Enterprise Trust is the admission authority for this academy. 

The Academy will adhere to the following timetable in regard to appeal hearings:

  • Academy to notify parents that their application was unsuccessful;
  • Parents to be allowed 20 school days from the date of this notification to prepare and lodge their written appeal;
  • Academy to set appeal hearing date following receipt of appeal - at least 10 school days notice should be given.  This date should include reasonable deadlines for appellant to submit additional evidence, for admission authorities to submit their evidence and for the clerk to send appeal papers to all parties;
  • Academy to ensure decision letters following the appeal hearing are sent to appellant within 5 school days of the date of the hearing.


Appeals lodged by the appropriate deadlines are heard within the following timescales:

    a) For applications made in the normal admissions round[1], appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals;

For late applications[2], appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged;

    c) For applications to sixth forms:

        i) Where the offer of a place would have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of confirmation of those results;
        ii) Where the offer of a place would not have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals;

For applications for in-year admissions[3], appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Appeals submitted after the appropriate deadline must still be heard, in accordance with whatever timescale is set out in the timetable published by the admission authority.

For further information please see The School Admission Appeals Code.

[1] Under the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012 an application is made in the ‘normal admissions round’ if it is not a ‘late application’ or an ‘in-year application’:  see footnotes 2 and 3.

[2] An application is a ‘late’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group; it is submitted before the first day of the school term of the admission year; and a determination relating to the application is not made by an authority on or before the offer date.  The ‘relevant age group’ is the age group at which pupils are or will normally be admitted to the school e.g. reception or year 7 (Section 142 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998).

[3] An application is an ‘in-year’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group and it is submitted on or after the first day of the first school term of the admission year, or it is for the admission of a child to an age group other than a relevant age group.