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Ark Charter Academy Admissions Policy

Ark Charter Academy Admissions Policy 2021-22

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Ark Charter Academy Admissions 

Applications for Year 7 for the start of the school year in September 2022

Applications must be made through Portsmouth City Council (PCC). PCC co-ordinates the admissions process on behalf of Ark Charter and applications are through PCC admissions website. Information about PCC co-ordinated scheme can be found on the link here. Information about applying for the start of Year 7 is here and the application form is here.

PCC admissions guidance (information for parents) is on the link here.

The closing date for on time applications for Y7 for the start of the September term 2022 was 31st October 2021. Late applications can still be made though they will not be considered until all on time applications have been allocated a place (for exceptional circumstances - see pages 17 and 18 of PCC admissions guidance above).

The offer date for secondary school places for Year 7 starting in September 2022 is 1st March 2022.

In Year Transfers

Applications made to any year group outside the main PCC admissions round are called In Year Transfers. Ark Charter Academy participates in the PCC co-ordinated scheme and applications are through PCC admissions service. Information on PCC in year transfers can be found on the link here. The application form is here. If you are transferring your child from another Portsmouth school you will need to discuss this with your child's current school and request this form is stamped by the current school before submitting it to PCC admissions service. PCC allocates in year applications on a weekly basis during term time.

Appeal process

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place at Ark Charter Academy either for the start of Y7 in September 2022 of for the in year transfer process, PCC operates a waiting list on behalf of Charter Academy in accordance with the oversubscription criteria in Ark Charter admissions policy. You also have the right to appeal to an independent panel set up under section 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, using PCC's coordinated appeal process.

PCC guidance about the appeal process can be found on the link here and on page 19 of the PCC admissions guidance above. PCC online appeal form can be found here and a printable copy here. You have 20 days from the date of your offer letter, or the deadline date given in your letter, to state to PCC you wish to appeal the decision. The deadline date for submitting an appeal to PCC to be included in the appeals being heard in the summer term for a place in Year 7 at the start of September 2022 is 31st March 2022.

‘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.

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 Portsmouth City Council.

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

Admissions criteria

Ark Charter Academy is a non-selective school for local children. If the academy is oversubscribed, priority will be given to students with statements of special educational needs, where the academy is named on the statement. The remaining places will then be offered in the following order of priority:

  • ‘Looked After Children’ and children who have previously been a ‘Looked After Child’ but immediately following this became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order or special guardianship order, including those who appear (to Ark Schools) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted
  • Children who are eligible for the Service Pupil Premium.
  • Children of staff of the school where there is a demonstrable skill shortage
  • 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 -sister resident at the same address).
  • Children of staff of the school (where there is no skill shortage).
  • Children attending one of the following primary schools at the time of application:
    • Ark Ayrton Primary Academy (URN: 139713)
    • Ark Dickens Primary Academy (URN: 141020)
    • St George’s Beneficial CE Primary School (URN: 116346)
    • St Jude’s CE Primary School (URN: 116344)
  • Pupils who live in the catchment area for the Academy (see the policy for definition).
  • Children living outside the catchment area but attend one of the following primary schools at the time of application:
    • Arundel Court Primary Academy (URN: 144194)
    • Cottage Grove Primary School (URN: 116203)
    • The Flying Bull Academy (URN: 140719)
  • Straight line distance measurement.

The full admissions policy for 2021/22 is available on the link at the top of this page.


Contact details

Ark Charter Academy Admissions Officer - Mrs Gosling
phone: 02392 824204

PCC Admissions Service

Tel: 023 9268 8008 (Initial contact will be the City Helpdesk)

Education – Inclusion Service
Admissions Team
Core 5, Floor 2
Civic Offices
Guildhall Square