Admissions and Appeals
Arrangements for admitting pupils in-year
Portsmouth local authority will co-ordinate admissions for in-year applications and for applications for year groups other than the normal point(s) of entry. This will not affect the Academy’s right to determine which applicants have priority for admission.
Should Ark Dickens Primary Academy have more than a 10% space availability within a year group then we are able to co-ordinate the admission.
Subject to any provisions in the LA’s co-ordinated admission arrangements relating to applications submitted for years other than the normal year of entry, Ark Dickens Primary Academy will consider all such applications and if the year group applied for has a place then they will be admitted.
Parents/carers will be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days. If a place is refused the child will be added to the waiting list, the position on the waiting list will be determined according to the oversubscription criteria in the School’s Admissions Policy.
If you wish to apply for a place, please contact Portsmouth City Council School Admissions on 0239 9268 8008.
If refused a place, the parent/carer has the right to appeal the decision.
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 2021 entry
Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September 2021 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).
Due to COVID-19 restrictions it may not be possible to hold appeal panel hearings in the usual way this year. The Department for Education has now issued revised guidelines for Admissions Authorities on how appeals should be dealt with. Appeals will be heard during May/June/July; all appellants will be contacted by the independent appeals clerk to explain the process, which will be the same for all Ark schools.
Ark Network Appeals Timetable
Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception/Year 7/Yr 12 in September 2021 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).
|Offer date||Deadline for lodging an appeal|
|1st April 2021
16th April 2021
|19th April 2021
17th May 2021
Appeals panel hearings will take place within 40 school days of the deadline for submitting appeals.
Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date by the independent appeal panel clerk.
If you wish to appeal for a place in Year 7/Year 12, please click here for the secondary appeal form.
If you wish to appeal for a place in Reception, please first read this guidance about infant class size appeals , click here for the primary appeal form.
Please contact the academy if you need a paper form.
Information on appeals can be found on Portsmouth City Council's 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 five working days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline may not be considered by the independent appeal panel.
Download our Guidance on Infant Class Size Appeals here