Archer Academy’s new £14m campus set to be complete in June

From left to right: Avis Johns, headteacher Mick Quigley and Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Free

From left to right: Avis Johns, headteacher Mick Quigley and Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer. Picture: Nigel Sutton. - Credit: Nigel Sutton

A free school in East Finchley gave visitors a tour of its new £14million campus set to open to pupils in September.

Headteacher Mick Quigley showed the Ham&High and local politicians around the Archer Academy’s new complex on the former site of Stanley Road Playing Fields on Monday.

The school, based in Beaumont Close, expects the new campus in Stanley Road to be completed by June in time for three year groups to move into the new facilities from September.

The new campus includes a lower school building for Year 7, 8 and 9 classes, a sports hall, two outdoor hard courts and a state-of-the-art all-weather pitch.

Mr Quigley said: “The students and staff are very excited about moving into our new building which will create excellent learning facilities.

“We are delighted with the progress that’s been made and everything is on schedule for completion in June so we have time to prepare all the classrooms for our September opening.”

The Archer Academy opened to an inaugural Year 7 cohort of 150 pupils in September 2013 in the old Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute (HGSI) building in Beaumont Close, off The Bishops Avenue.

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In September, a new cohort of 150 Year 7 pupils will join the school, meaning there will be 450 pupils in total across Years 7, 8 and 9.

The three year groups will be based at the new campus for lessons before moving back to Beaumont Close for Year 10 and Year 11.

Pupils from all year groups will play sport and have PE lessons at the Stanley Road campus.

The Archer Academy purchased the land for their new campus from Barnet Council in 2013 for £4m and received funding for the purchase and subsequent development from the government’s Education Funding Agency.

From September, the school will have 60 full-time members of staff and plans to set up a sixth form in the future.

The school received close to 900 applications from parents wishing to send their child to the Archer Academy from September.

Avis Johns, chair of governors, said: “We have had such incredible support from local people who have really bought into the idea of a high-quality local school for all our children.

“So I’m not surprised about the numbers that have been applying.

“I’m sorry we can’t help with more places.”