Admissions policy

The academy is non-selective, non-denominational and co-educational.

Click here for our 2016-2017 Admissions Policy

Click here for our PDF icon2017-2018 Admissions Policy

Click here for our PDF iconAdmissions Policy 2018-19

When the school is fully subscribed it will provide 1,630 school places, comprising:

  • 60 nursery places
  • 420 primary places
  • 1,150 secondary and sixth form places

Please see the bottom left hand side of the homepage of the website for the most up to date Primary Prospectus.

Click here for our Secondary Prospectus

How to apply

Applying to Ark Academy is straightforward as there is no supplementary form. Applications must be made on the Brent Council common application form through the London Borough of Brent Admissions Service.

You can apply online through the council’s e-admissions page by clicking here. (https://www.eadmissions.org.uk/eAdmissions/app)

If you have any questions, please contact Admissions Officer Clodagh Boyle at Ark Academy on (0208) 385 4370 or contact her via email: c.boyle@arkacademy.org

Admissions Criteria

Ark Academy is non-selective and serves children of all abilities. Applications for admission must be made on Brent Council’s Common Application Form. If the school is oversubscribed, priority is given to pupils with statements of special educational needs.  Places are offered in the following order of priority:

 -  Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children

 -  Children of Staff at the school where there is a demonstrable skill shortage – children of members of staff will have priority in the oversubscription criteria if the staff member is filling a post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. ARK Schools is required to approve the Principal’s designation of such posts and confirm the assessment that a member of staff appointed meets the requirements of the shortage. Priority will be limited to one place for each form of entry in any year.

 - Children who have a sibling who already attends the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission (for this purpose “sibling” means a whole, half or step-brother or step-sister resident at the same address). In the case of twins or brothers and sisters in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the academy, both will be considered together as one application.

 - Children of staff in the school – where there is no demonstrable skill shortage, priority may be given where the academy is oversubscribed to a child of a person who will have been employed in the academy for two or more years at the time the application for admission is made. Priority will be limited to one place for each form of entry in any year.

 - Distance measurement – a child’s home will be the address at which the child normally resides and which has been notified to the Academy and other relevant agencies as being the child’s normal place of residence. 25% of the remaining places will be allocated to children who live closest to the school using straight line measurement from the main entrance of the academy to the main entrance to the child’s home (Zone A) and 75% of the remaining places will be allocated to children who live closest to Fawood Children’s Centre using straight line measurement from the main entrance of the Children’s Centre to the main entrance to the child’s home (Zone B).

The academy keeps a waiting list which is used to fill casual vacancies occurring if students leave during the year, or withdraw from a place that has been offered.

 

Ark Schools Appeals Timetable - September 2017 entry

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Year 7 or Reception class in September will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).  

  Offer date Deadline for lodging an appeal
Secondary  1 March 2017 19 April 2017
    after 19 April 2017  (late appeals)
Primary 18 April 2017 20 May 2017
    after 20 May 2017 (late appeals)

‘On-time’ appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.  Appeals for the secondary school are due to be heard on week commencing 5th June 2017.  Appeals for the primary school are due to be heard on week commencing 19th June 2017.

Mid-year appeals must be heard within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal.

Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date by an external agency engaged by the Ark network.

Any additional evidence parents/carers wish to submit in support of their appeal must be sent to the external agency at least 5 working days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline might not be considered by the independent appeal panel.

If you wish to appeal for a place in Year 7, please click here for the secondary appeal form.

If you wish to appeal for a place in Reception, please read thisPDF iconguidance about infant class size appeals and follow this link to the primary appeal form.

Please contact admissions@arkonline.org or the academy if you need a paper form.