Where will One Degree Academy’s permanent building be?

The Education Funding Agency (ESFA) has been working with One Degree Academy to secure its new home. This will be at the Chase Farm Hospital development near to our temporary site and will house One Degree Academy’s brand new buildings and state-of-the-art educational facilities.

The Chase Farm development is still at the master planning phase, but the intention is to develop Secondary and Primary education on the site subject to the usual planning process.  Once the plans and a development programme have been worked up, the DFE will  undertake a local engagement and consultation process with all relevant stakeholders prior to the formal statutory planning consultation process.

Until our new home is complete, we are temporarily located at Heron Hall school in Ponders End, in a newly re-developed site on part of the former North Middlesex University. This outstanding educational accommodation in a beautiful Art-Deco building is located very close to Southbury Station, 6 minutes by train from Silver Street Station.

Though co-located with Heron Hall Academy, One Degree Academy is a separate school and has a separate space in Heron Hall’s building. Here, we are working tirelessly with parents and the local community to realise our vision of university readiness for all our children, striving for excellence, step-by-step.

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When will One Degree Academy open?

We opened in September 2016 with a cohort of Reception children. Thereafter we will grow each year and will also add our secondary provision.

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What is an all through school

An all through school takes children from reception at primary level all the way through A Levels. Your child will be able to start with us in reception, and receive the same high quality education throughout his or her school journey. This means we will get to know your child better and ensure that they achieve their full potential. Your child will be familiar with us and not face a new setting or change of site when moving from primary to secondary.

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What is a free school?

Free schools are independent, state-funded schools. They have the same legal status as academies.

Like all state-funded schools, free schools are not fee-paying, and they are not selective. We expect to follow the local authority’s admissions arrangements.

Free schools are set up and owned by charities, and cannot make a profit.


Has One Degree Academy been inspected by Ofsted?

Yes. We were graded as Outstanding in all areas in February 2019. Please see here for details and our report.

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Why does London need another school?

Schools in London are almost full and local councils have said they will need an extra 118,000 places in the next three years. We are hoping to be part of this solution in providing these much needed school places as well as improving the education provision in London.

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Who is Funding One Degree Academy?

Funding for free schools is from the government and will be equivalent to the funding of maintained schools and academies in the same local authority area. The opening of a free school does not mean that the overall funding available in an area goes down. However, the total funding an individual school receives will depend on the number of pupils attending.

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Are you supported by a particular faith group or organisation?

No. We are a group of education experts, teachers and business leaders, passionate about improving the educational outcomes for young people. We believe in equality, regardless of faith or socio-economic background.

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Why should I send my child to the school in its opening years?

With pressure on school places, One Degree Academy is likely we will be over-subscribed very soon. Once opened, other free schools have had waiting lists for their opening year cohorts. A school’s beginning is a very special time and you and your child will have the opportunity to shape the provision and benefit from being the sole focus of our staff and principal, so we urge to register your interest now.

Also see the video of our parents here.

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When does my child have to start school?

When do children have to start school? 
All children are entitled to start school full-time in the September following their fourth birthday. However, some parents may feel that their child is not ready to enter the reception class at that time. If that is the case, they may choose to defer entry or delaying starting school. 

By law, children have to be in full-time education by the start of the term following their fifth birthday – when they reach ‘compulsory school age’. 

What are the options?
If parents don’t want their child to start school full time in the September following their fourth birthday it is possible to:

1. Opt for part time admission to the allocated school from the September following their child’s fourth birthday (but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age);
2. Opt to defer their child’s entry for a term or two terms (i.e until they are of compulsory school age) so that they don’t start straight away in the September following their fourth birthday;
3. Opt to defer their child’s entry until the September following their fifth birthday, if they were born in the summer – but they would need to reapply for a place and the child would start in year one;
4. Request to delay their child’s entry, holding them back from joining the correct year group for their age and starting school in the reception a year later

Please contact us, if you are unsure if your child should be or is able to start school.

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Who is the special needs education coordinator?

Our special needs coordinator is Jo Addleton – she can be contacted on 020 3150 1144.

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