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Policies and admissions

Statutory information and central policies that guide all schools in the Ark network.

Key policies and documents

Ark Policies


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 contact your local authority. 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.