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Reminder: Next Thursday, 23rd January we will be welcoming Yr 8 parents to our 8 into 9 GCSE options evening 6.00pm - 7.30pm. A very important evening for all Yr 8 students and their parents to hear about life in KS4 and the GCSE options processes and pathways.


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Year 11s receiving their trial exam results this morning


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6th form taster lessons happening across the school


Looking forward to this event again


Today is Futures Day for Yr 11. leading the assembly this morning on how our Yr 11 can change their future!


Next Thursday, 23rd January we will be welcoming Year 8 parents to our 8 into 9 GCSE options evening 6.00pm - 7.30pm. A very important evening for all Yr 8 students and their parents to hear about life in KS4 and the GCSE options processes and pathways.


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Congratulations Gracie - we’re all very proud of you!


Well done, Tom! Keep flying the flag


Immensely proud of all your efforts


Fantastic to see our schools coming together to share good practice for our cross-trust INSET day. The focus of the keynote was on retrieval practice


leading Scholars’ Educational Trust INSET at on retrieval practice and techniques


Happy New Year to you all. Just a reminder that we have a staff INSET day tomorrow and therefore normal school resumes on Tuesday 7th January, for all students. See you all then! #2020


Robert Barclay Academy wishes all its students, families and staff a wonderful Christmas 🎄 🎄🎄 All students to return on, Tuesday 7th January 2020


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Scholars end of term newsletter is out now with highlights from schools from across the Trust


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Cheshunt Access Point is open TODAY 2-5pm! Drop by to access support on various subjects including & careers


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Year 11 making me proud again by being rewarded for their efforts last academic year at Awards Evening


We ended Awards Evening tonight with an absolutely beautiful rendition of ‘O Holy Night’ by our very talented Lydia!🎄


Awards Evening tonight was a reminder to us all, of the achievements of our students. Wonderful to see so many former students come back.


Thank you for coming back and sharing the students’ success with us


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What a fantastic day at with 43 of the best students at with Students had a great day celebrating all their hard work this term.


Tonight we’re full for our Award Evening . Amazing introduction from our students ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. welcome parents and former students.


A great way to start our annual Awards Evening


Looking forward to tonight’s Award Evening and celebrating students achievements. Reminder: doors open at 6.30pm Guest speaker: Michael Owens, former Welsh International Rugby Union Player, will be presenting awards.


All set for our annual Christmas Dinner - it’s the most wonderful time of the year! 🎄


Wednesday 18th December, we will be celebrating the achievements of our former year 11 and 13 students. Very much looking forward to welcoming Michael Owens, former Welsh International Rugby Player. Doors open .30pm and the Award Evening ceremony will start


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High School Musical had us all clapping along at the end! 🇺🇸 🎶 Massive well done to all our students and 👏


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What an amazing day of voting at RBA. Democracy in action!


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RBA is proud to announce in the RBA Mock General Election that we have a labour win, but with not enough votes to secure a majority. Resulting in a hung parliament.


It’s all go at the RBA voting booths? Do we want Brexit done....or not...seems to the general topic of conversation today.


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Ready for the RBA Mock General Election tomorrow. Voting opens at 8:15.


What a brilliant production this evening of High School Musical - final night tomorrow, don’t forget to get your tickets!


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The hall is filling up and front row seats for me tonight for production of High School Musical!


The General Election is coming to RBA. Mr Stuttle talks to the students in assembly to make them informed voters. Whose going to win the RBA election and will this match the real one?


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Opening Night!!! Well done to everyone involved!!


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So pleased to welcome , St Augustine's and St Catherine's Primary School to our first performance of "High School Musical". Hope you enjoy!


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Have you got your tickets for High School Musical? Tues. 10th December. 6:30pm Wed. 11th December. 6:30pm Thurs. 12th December. 6:30pm Adults - £7 Concessions - £3.50 Family (2 Adults/2 Children) - £18 Tickets available on the door or ParentPay! Book now to avoid disappointment!


Some excellent sharing of good practice after school today, for our Literature for Learning CPD. Our staff reflecting on research and how they will use these strategies within the classroom.


This is now becoming one of our traditions led by Mr Stuttle and the JLT. A fantastic way of reflecting on the year that will pass and what we can look forward to, in the New Year. Happy Christmas 🎄


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We are all ready for the Mock General Election at RBA.

New Year 7 Students

Introduction – Why Robert Barclay Academy?

Robert Barclay Academy, as part of the ‘Outstanding’ Scholars' Education Trust, is a school committed to our values ‘Achievement, Care and Excellence’.  Thinking about secondary school can be a daunting experience so our main aim is to ensure that every child, and family, feels reassured, supported and secure in their choice.

At Robert Barclay Academy, we offer academic rigour – with students each year achieving the very best GCSE and A Level grades, going on to attend top universities and, ultimately, developing rewarding careers. We also offer a family environment, where each child is known by name and teachers adapt their lessons to challenge each student. Students tell us they feel safe in school, behaviour is good and lessons are interesting. Parents welcome our weekly newsletter and strong communication between school and home – we have a dedicated Student Reception to ensure that any concerns can be quickly and efficiently rectified. 

The Transition Process

As part of our ‘Year 6 Into 7 Transition’ process we ensure that there are plenty of opportunities to visit the school. We will normally also visit your primary school, and Year 6 teacher, so that we can find out how to support your child most appropriately. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us.

Our Open Evening for students who will join us in September 2020 will take place on Thursday, 12 September 2019 from 5.30pm to 8pm. There will be two presentations by the Headteacher, Ced de la Croix, at 5.45pm and at 6.45pm.  For further opportunities to speak to the teachers, visit the excellent facilities and, most importantly, speak to the current students in Year 7 through to the Sixth Formers.  This really is the best way to get a feel for the school and the purposeful ethos and family feel we have developed, and we look forward to meeting you on the night.

Daytime tours of the school take place on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 September 2019 should you wish to see the school in action! Other times may be available by request. Tours can be booked by phone 01992 410800 or be emailing the school

How to Apply

Our admissions are handled by Hertfordshire County Council so the only application form you need to fill in is the Local Authority Application Form (online).  A link to the webpage can be found here.  There is no need to fill in a SIF for Robert Barclay Academy.

If you live in Essex, you should apply through Essex County Council website who will forward on your application to us. A link to the Essex webpage can be found here.  Again, there is no need to fill in a SIF for Robert Barclay Academy.

Once you have applied we will be in touch as soon as the allocations have been published to invite you into school again to start your journey as part of the Robert Barclay Academy family.

**Please note: Places are limited to 120 for entry in Year 7.  To avoid disappointment, it is advised that you select RBA as your first choice to secure your place.

Our Catchment Area

We admit students mainly from the following areas, although this list is not exhaustive. If you have any questions about catchment area please email

  • Hoddesdon
  • Waltham Abbey – please see details of our Bus Route, click on the box on the side-bar
  • Nazeing – please see details of our Bus Route, click on the box on the side-bar
  • Cheshunt
  • Stanstead Abbotts
  • Harlow
  • Wormley
  • Epping Green
  • Roydon

Keep in touch

Please keep an eye on our website for our weekly ‘RBA Review’ newsletter and other important and exciting information. You may also wish to ‘follow’ us on Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook

Twitter: @RBAcad


Important dates for secondary transfer 2019-2020


Event/ Deadline

01 September 2019

Application process opens for Robert Barclay Academy.

  • If you live in Hertfordshire, click here
  • If you live in Essex, click here

Applications are made online starting 1 September (Herts residents) or 12 September (Essex residents).

There is no need to complete a SIF (supplementary Information Form).

12 September 2019

Open Evening at Robert Barclay Academy 5.30pm to 8.30pm

  • Headteacher’s speeches at 5.45pm and 6.45pm

16 September 2019

School in Action tours begin.

Please email the Headteacher’s PA, Mrs Maria Georgiou to arrange an appointment to take a tour of the school during the school day.

31 October 2019

Deadline for application to RBA (all residential areas).

There is no need to complete a SIF (supplementary Information Form).

2 March 2020

National Allocation Day

You will find out if you have successfully received a place at RBA, usually in the afternoon by email.

16 March 2020

Deadline for accepting your place at RBA


Welcome to Robert Barclay Academy Evening

for all those allocation a place at RBA


Taster Day

All new Year 7 students visit RBA for the day


CATs Testing

All new Year 7 students come to RBA for Cognitive Assessment Tests.

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