Admissions Policy

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.

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.

PDF iconArk Dickens Admissions Policy 2017-18

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.

PDF iconArk Dickens Admissions Policy 2018-19

PDF iconArk Dickens Admissions Policy 2019-20


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 16 April 2018 20 May 2018


‘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.

Please read this guidance about infant class size appeals and follow this link to the primary appeal form. Please contact or the academy if you need a paper form.