Admissions and policies


Admissions to Ark schools

All of our schools are non-selective, and exist to serve their local community. Every Ark school has its own website, which tells you all about the school's admissions policy and how to apply.

Applications to start in Reception open in the previous September and close in mid-January. For Year 7 entry, applications open in the previous September and close at the end of October. To apply, you'll need to do this through the local authority where you live – please visit their website for more information, and to view the closing date for applications.

If you want to apply at another time during the school year, please look at the individual school's website for information about how to do an in-year admission. Information on how to appeal an admission outcome can also be found on the school's website.

If you have any queries about admissions for a particular school, it's a good idea to get in touch with them directly.


Key policies and documents

Ark Schools publishes some of our key policies and reports in line with statutory guidance. The following policies and reports apply to our network of schools – policies applicable to individual academies can be found on the 'Policies' page on each school’s website:

The Ark Schools Memorandum & Articles of Association (PDF icon Ark Schools Memorandum & Articles of Association.pdf) is the governing document for Ark Schools. It should be read alongside the Master Funding Agreement (PDF icon Ark Master Funding Agreement.pdf). A Supplementary Funding Agreement is in place for each individual school.

The Ark Schools Decision Making Framework acts as our scheme of delegation, clarifying where responsibility and accountability sits in key functional areas. Please see here: PDF icon Decision Making Framework 2023-24.pdf

The Ark Schools Data Protection Policy can be found here: PDF icon Ark Data Protection Policy.pdf and further policies relating to data protection can be found here

The Ark Schools Charging and Remission Policy is saved here: PDF icon Charging and Remission Policy 2021-24.pdf

The Ark Schools Complaints Policy is saved here: PDF icon Ark Schools Complaint Policy.pdf

The Ark Schools Whistleblowing Policy is saved here: PDF icon Ark Whistleblowing Policy 2023-2025.pdf

Ark's Gender Pay Gap report is saved here: PDF icon Gender Pay Gap Report 2024.pdf

  • Previous years' Gender Pay Gap Reports can be found here: 2023 | 2022 | 2021

 Ark Schools Executive Pay is saved here: PDF icon Executive pay report 2022-23.pdf

The Ark and Ark Schools Modern Slavery Statement is saved here: PDF icon Modern Slavery Statement 2023-24.pdf

Ark's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement:  Diversity and Inclusion Statement.pdf