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Year 6 into 7

Introduction – Why Robert Barclay Academy?

Robert Barclay Academy, as part of the ‘Outstanding’ Sir John Lawes Academies 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 2018 will take place on Thursday, 14th September 2017 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 18th and Wednesday 20th September 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.

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 2017/2018



01 September
Application process opens for Robert Barclay Academy
14 September
Open Evening 5.30pm to 8.30pm, First speech at 5:45pm by the Headteacher, the next at 6:45pm.
18 September
School in action Tours begin
31 October
Deadline for applications via Hertfordshire Council.
There is no requirement to fill in a SIF (Supplementary Information Form)
(exact date tbc)
National allocation day. 
Hertfordshire emails will be sent after 6pm.
Deadline for accepting places
(exact date tbc)
Welcome to Robert Barclay Academy Evening
12 July (tbc)
Transition Evening – meet your Form Tutor
13 July (tbc)
Taster Day 0930 to 1530
14 July (tbc)
CATs Tests 0830 to 1230