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  • Wren Academy
    Hilton Avenue
    N12 9HB
  • Head: Mr Gavin Smith
  • T 020 8492 6000
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Barnet
  • Pupils: 1,613; sixth formers: 292
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 18th September 2018
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 1st February 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Taking their lead from sponsor school Berkhamsted, boys and girls taught separately in English, maths and science in years 7-11. (Head believes this is why girls make up half of those taking maths A level, with good numbers of girls also going on to study science, technology and maths at university.) Named for Christopher Wren, the school has adopted Design and the Built Environment as its specialism - ‘because it’s included in every subject and every subject can contribute,’ says the head. ‘Focus’ days illustrate this...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive head

Since 2013, Gavin Smith BA PGCE. Studied geography at UCL, before teacher training at the Institute of Education. Then worked in Croydon, Islington and Barnet, leaving his job as assistant principal of East Barnet School to join Wren when it opened in 2008. ‘I relished the opportunity to start a school from scratch. I liked the vision and could see it working very clearly.’ Became principal of the senior school in 2013, and is now executive head, taking responsibility not only for the primary, but for a new school in Enfield.

Focused, energetic, refreshingly honest about the schools he runs, he continues to teach geography to year 9. ‘You get to know 30 students really well.’ Unlike many who lay claim to this achievement, Mr Smith also seems to...

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Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

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