Ark Dickens Primary Academy is a two form entry primary school which offers 30 nursery places and 60 reception places each year. It is a non-denominational, non-selective school for local children. If you would like to find out more about the academy, or to visit us, please contact the school on 023 9282 6514.
Children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 are due to start Reception Class, the first year of primary school, in September 2018.
Applications to Ark Dickens Primary Academy are made through Portsmouth City Council, rather than directly through the school. You can find details of how to apply on the Portsmouth City Council primary admissions site.
Applications for reception places in September 2018 must be received by 15 January 2018.
Admissions Policy Consultation - 2019 Entry
Ark Schools is proposing to amend the admissions policy for Ark Dickens to include a priority for the children of Armed Forces personnel. Please submit any responses to this consultation to firstname.lastname@example.org before 31st January, 2018.
If you would like to find out about our admissions policy, then please click the link below. Alternatively if you would like further assistance with regards to the admissions process, please contact the school office on 023 9282 6514.
This policy was amended with the authorisation of the Education Funding Agency to clarify that applicants within the catchment area would be prioritised by straight line distance from the school.
Ark network appeals timetable
September 2018 entry
Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September 2018 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).
|Offer date||Deadline for lodging an appeal|
|Primary||18 April 2018||20 May 2018|
|after 20 May 2018 (late appeals)|
‘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 an external agency engaged by the Ark network.
Any additional evidence parents/carers wish to submit in support of their appeal must be sent to the external agency at least 5 working days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline may not be considered by the independent appeal panel.