Secondary Admissions – September 2023 - for children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012

Secondary admission for September 2023 will open on the 1st September 2022, all applications must be made via Brent School Admissions, please follow the link below for details

Places are offered in the following order of priority:

  • Children with statements of Special Educational needs.
  • Children who are currently in attendance in Ark Academy Primary.
  • Children who are in public care.
  • 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 in Reception to Year 13 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 – priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school.
  • The Local Authority measure distance on behalf of Ark Schools. London Borough of Brent use Ordinance Survey Data and the LLPG (Local Land Property Gazetteer) to calculate straight line distance between the child's home and the school.
  • PLEASE NOTE:A child's home will be the address at which the child normally resides and which has been notified to relevant agencies (e.g. the Local Authority) as being the child's normal place of residence. Where a child lives normally during the school week with more than one parent at different addresses, the permanent home address for the purpose of school admissions will be the one where the child spends the majority of school nights Monday - Friday.
  •  Tie breaker: If Ark Schools is unable to distinguish between applicants using the published oversubscription criteria, places will be offered via a random draw which will be supervised by someone independent of the school.
  •  In the case of multupile births or siblings in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the school, all will be considered together as one application.
  • The school keeps a waiting list to fill any casual vacancies arising if pupils leave during the academic year or withdrawn from a place that has been offered.

Ark Academy is an 8 form entry secondary school which offers 120 Year 7 places each year (plus 60 for Ark Academy Primary). It is a non-denominational, non-selective school for local children. If you would like to find out more about the academy, or visit our website

Application to Ark Academy are made through Brent School Admissions. Parents/Carers are advised to note the following dates for applying:

1st September 2022 - Applications Open

31st October 2022 – National closing date for Secondary applications for a Year 7 place for September 2023.

1st March 2023 – Secondary Offer Day

15th March 2023 – Deadline to formally accept or decline the offer that was made to your child.