Admissions and appeals process
Offer date 16th April 2021
Reception Admissions are released by Westminster on 16th April.
If you have been notified by Westminster that you have a Reception place at Ark Atwood Primary Academy we will be delighted to welcome you into the Atwood Community in September 2021. We will be contacting families directly in the second half of the summer term to arrange paperwork, inductions and transitions and look forward to welcoming you into the Ark Atwood community!
As with all schools we are following government guidance re COVID19 school closures and look forward to being open as soon as instructed by the government.
Enquiries re admissions should be directed to Westminster Admissions; https://www.westminster.gov.uk/starting-primary-school
How to apply
Applications for places at Ark Atwood will be made in accordance with Westminster Council's co-ordinated admission arrangements. Information on our school will be included in their Starting School brochure, which you can pick up from the council offices. Copies will also be available from most nurseries and early years centres. We use the primary school admissions timetable specified by Westminster Council each year and published annually.
Online applications are open via the Westminster Council website: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/starting-primary-school
Deadline for Applications is: Wednesday 15 January 2021
Ark Atwood Primary Academy is a non-selective school for local children. We have 60 reception places available each year in two forms of entry. If the school is oversubscribed, priority will be given to students with statements of special educational needs, where the academy is named on the statement. The remaining places will then be offered in the order of priority below:
- Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children.
- Children of staff of the school where there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
- Children who have a sibling who already attends the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission (for this purpose “sibling” means a whole, half or step-brother or step-sister resident at the same address).
- Children of staff of the school (where there is no skill shortage).
- The remaining places will be allocated children who live closest to the school, using a straight line distance from the main entrance of the permanent site, at Amberley Road of the academy to the main entrance to the child’s home.
Admissions to Ark Atwood are detailed in policies below.
Ark Network Appeals Timetable (September 2021 entry)
Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September 2020 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).
|Offer date||Deadline for lodging an appeal|
|Primary||Thursday 16 April 2021||28th May 2021|
‘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.
Due to the COVID-19 situation it will clearly not be possible to hold 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, it being preferable that appeals are heard before the beginning of the Autumn term. All appellants will therefore be contacted with information about the exact process, which will be the same for all Ark schools. The aim is to complete hearings and for parents to be notified of the outcome of their appeal by 30th June 2020.
Applications for Nursery 2021 intake need to be submitted into the school office no later than 4pm on 30th April 2021.
View our 2020-21 parent handbook here Ark_Atwood_Primary_Academy_2020_Handbook.pdf
If you have any queries in regards to admissions for Ark Atwood please contact the school via email email@example.com or 020 7266 7070