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.

Most families apply for reception places in December or January, and for year 7 places in September. To apply, you'll need to do this through the local authority where you live – please visit their website for more information. 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 this.

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 iconArk Schools Memorandum & Articles of Association.pdf) is the governing document for Ark Schools. It should be read alongside the Master Funding Agreement (PDF iconArk 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 icon2020-21 Ark Schools Decision Making Framework.pdf

The Ark Schools Data Protection Policy & Freedom of Information Publication Scheme outlines how Ark Schools fulfils EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements and obligations under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 200. Please see here: PDF iconData Protection & Freedom of Information Policy (inc Publication Scheme) - April 2018-April 2021.pdf

The Ark Schools Charging and Remission Policy is saved here: Charging and Remission Policy - April 2016-April 2021.pdf

The Ark Schools Complaints Policy is saved here: PDF iconArk Schools Complaints Policy_2020-21.pdf

The Ark Schools Whistleblowing Policy is saved here:  PDF iconArk Schools Whistleblowing Policy_2020-21.pdf

Gender Pay Gap reporting 2020 – Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have taken the decision to suspend enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines for this reporting year (2019/20), employers are therefore not required to report their Gender Pay Gaps. The full statement from the UK Government can be found here.
Previous years Gender Pay Gap Reports can be found here:  PDF iconGender_pay_gap_report_2018.pdf PDF iconGender Pay Gap Report 2017.pdf

 Ark Schools Executive Pay is saved here: PDF iconArk Schools Executive Pay 20-21.pdf

The Ark and Ark Schools Modern Slavery Statement is saved here: PDF iconArk Ark Schools Modern Slavery and Ethical Procurement Statement - April 2020-April 2021.pdf