Open Day for Nursery and Reception - Tuesday 27th November 9.30am - 10.30am

Was your Child born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015. Wondering where to send them to school? Why not join us at Ark Dickens Primary Academy in September 2019

Come along to our Open Day on Tuesday 27th November between 9.30am and 10.30am for an Early Years tour and to meet our EYFS lead.


Please call the school on 02392 826514 and ask for Mrs Cooper to book your space at our open day on Tuesday 27th November 2018

Admissions Policy

Ark Dickens Primary Academy is a two form entry primary school which offers 60 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 2014 and 31 August 2015 are due to start Reception Class, the first year of primary school, in September 2019.

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.

Portsmouth City councils online application service will open on 5th November 2018 and all applications for reception places in September 2019 must be received by 15 January 2019.

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.

Ark Dickens Admissions Policy 2018-19

Ark Dickens Admissions Policy 2019-20

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 2019 entry

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September 2019 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).  

  Offer date Deadline for lodging an appeal
Primary 16 April 2019 20 May 2019

Information on appeals can be found on Portsmouth City councils website:

‘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 Mrs Cooper in the school office if you need a paper form.