Secondary Transfer Information (Open Evening)
The restrictions placed on public gatherings as a result of COVID-19, mean that we are unable to hold our annual Secondary Transfer Evening this year. Therefore we have provided the following opportunities for families to find out more about Wren Academy Finchley to help them make a decision about whether they wish to apply for a 2021 place:
Executive Principals Presentation - For anyone who missed the presentation given on Tuesday 15 September, you will have another opportunity to view this on Monday 21 September from 6.00pm.
Questions and Answers - With members of our Senior Leadership Team. Families are invited to attend Zoom sessions where we will be available to answer questions about Wren Academy Finchley. Please read through our FAQs below before attending the session. Book your slot here.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Do students do attain the highest grades at GCSE level?
Our 2020 cohort achieved very well at GCSE level. This year, students were awarded grades based on internal assessments and teachers’ professional judgements. However, in order to provide easy and fair comparison with other schools, the following data refers to our 2019 examination results:
- 85% of students achieved 5 or more GCSE grades 9-4 including English and Mathematics which puts Wren Finchley among the best state schools in Barnet
- 44% of all grades were GCSE grade 7 or above
- 55% of Mathematics grades were GCSE grade 7 or above
- 51% of English grades were GCSE grade 7 or above
Do students make good progress at Wren Finchley?
Yes. Our Progress 8 score in 2019 was +0.96 (and +0.97 in 2018). This means that students of all abilities make excellent progress, far in advance of what was expected of them when they started in Year 7. A Progress 8 score of +0.96 means that students achieve almost a grade higher than expected in each of their GCSEs that would be expected of an average English school. This places the school in the top 2% across the country for progress made by students.
Do students succeed at A Level?
Again, our 2020 cohort achieved excellent grades based on the centre assessed grades provision which replaced examinations. However, in order to provide easy and fair comparison with other schools, the following data refers to our 2019 examination results:
- 26% of results were grades A*-A
- 83% of results were grades A*-C
What are the university destinations of Wren Finchley students?
The Academy regularly has students progressing to Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities. More information on 2020 destinations can be found here.
What is your admissions policy?
We welcome applications from families who belong to the Church of England and those who do not. The Admissions Policy ensures access to local families while keeping a balance of children admitted from Foundation (Church) and Community places. Please refer to our Admissions Policy for further details.
I have read the admissions policy and I think I will qualify for a Foundation place. However, we have not been able to attend church due to COVID-19 restrictions. What shall I do?
Since reopened churches have worked hard to become Covid secure, there is an expectation that there would be someone in the family able to attend services and meet the requirement. However, if there is a significant illness means that church attendance is impossible, then a note from a GP stating that the family is advised not to attend church at this time is required in addition to information from the Church leader confirming attendance up until March 2020.
Do I live in the catchment of Wren Finchley?
The distances that our students travel varies from year to year. For places allocated for September 2020, the maximum distance travelled was as follows:
Foundation Church of England
Foundation Other Christian Denominations
My child has a Special Educational Need. Is Wren Academy the right place for him/her?
Detailed information of our Individual Needs provision can be found in the SEND information report. If a child has an EHCP, parents are welcome to make an appointment with the SENDCO by emailing First Contact at email@example.com. Due to COVID restrictions, this appointment will be via phone.
What provision is made for students with an ECHP?
We are a large, mainstream school and, as per the Code of Practice 2014, all students receive quality first teaching in every subject. All students on the SEND register have a Personalised Learning Plan and the Individual Needs Department also runs a range of interventions which take place during the school day. The specifics of this provision vary depending on the needs of each student.
What do you do to support students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, or autism?
Quality First Teaching is the focus of the Academy in ensuring outstanding progress for all. Every class teacher is aware of a range of strategies that can work for students with a range of needs. For example, use of visuals can support key concepts, colour coding key words, visual timetables on whiteboards, and print outs of work for those with slow cognitive processing.
What is your policy on bullying?
We do not tolerate bullying at Wren Academy. We have a clear anti-bullying policy and any incidents (of which there are very few) are dealt with promptly and firmly. Our vertical tutor group and house systems help us ensure bullying does not take place.
What house will be child be in?
We have six houses, each named after an area in London with a church designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Students in Year 7 with an older sibling will be placed in the same house as their older brother or sister. We then ensure there is a balance of gender, ethnicity and academic ability across the houses. Vertical tutor groups are comprised of approximately six students from each year group, all in the same house. This means that Year 7 students have older students in their tutor group to help them settle in.
What is your uniform policy?
Information about our uniform can be found in our Uniform Policy. We firmly enforce our uniform policy and expect students to look smart every day.
What is your approach to behaviour?
Our Christian ethos underpins our Behaviour Policy. We are firm but fair. In lessons, we prefer to focus on ‘behaviour for learning’. This means that all behaviours must be understood by students and teachers with regard to the extent to which they enhance or restrict learning. Passive cooperation does not maximise a students’ potential; our teachers expect full effort and active engagement every lesson.
Do students get homework?
We prefer to call in home learning. There is an expectation that students will complete home learning each evening. In Year 7, this will be about one hour each day. This will increase as students move through the school.
Do you have a specialism?
Our specialism of ‘Design and the built environment’ reflects our link to Sir Christopher Wren. Awareness of design and built environments is woven into our curriculum.
Is there a student council?
Our student voice programme has three components:
- Student Council - each house elects house representatives to the Student Council. Once per term selected members of the Student Council meet with the senior leadership team.
- Curriculum Advisors - each department has a group of students who they consult on curriculum content and delivery.
- Student Voice enrichment - this is a group of students who research and advise on Academy systems and routines.
Why do you teach single-gender lessons?
We have single-gender teaching in English, Mathematics and Science. At Wren, we believe this gives the students exposure to a range of different learning opportunities. It enables teachers in those subjects to focus upon the particular skills boys and girls need to develop more effectively. By having some mixed- gender lessons too, students are able to learn how to work together effectively as well. We also believe that single gender teaching has led to the relatively high proportion of girls studying Science at A Level, many of whom have gone on to study for Science-related degrees.
Why does my child need to bring a tablet each day?
We view tablets as digital learning devices. They are used in lessons to access digital resources and help students learn how to use digital platforms for learning and study. This prepares students for working in a digital world and elevates tablets above being an accessory for games and social media. Use of tablets is strictly controlled, with students only being allowed to use them in lessons as directed by the teacher to access a specific learning activity. Once allocated a place at Wren Academy, parents receive full details regarding our purchasing scheme and technical specifications.