Offer date: 17th April 2023

Reception Admissions are released by Westminster on Monday 17th April 2023.

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 2022. 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!

Enquiries re admissions should be directed to Westminster Admissions:

Helpful information:


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:

Deadline for Applications is: Saturday 15th January 2023


Admissions criteria

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.

PDF iconArk Atwood Admission Policy 2018-19

PDF iconArk Atwood Admission Policy 2019-20

Ark Atwood Admission Policy 2020-21.pdf

Ark Atwood Admission Policy 2021-22 FINAL.pdf

Ark Atwood Admission Policy 2022-23 FINAL.pdf

Ark Atwood Admissions Policy 2023-24 FINAL.pdf


Ark Network Appeals Timetable 

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September 2022 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code.

  Offer date Deadline for lodging an appeal
Primary 19th April 2022 18th May 2022

‘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.

Please read this PDF iconguidance about infant class size appeals and click on this link to lodge an appeal:

Government advice to parents:



In Year Admissions

Applications made to any year group outside the main admissions round (In-Year admissions) should be made directly to Westminster local authority. If you wish to apply for a place, please complete the application form here:

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 refused a place, the parent/carer has the right to appeal the decision.

If you wish to appeal, please complete this form:  

For primary appeals, please first read this guidance about infant class size appeals:

Guidance on Infant Class Size Appeals.pdf

Appeal panel hearings will take place within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal. Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal hearing date by the independent appeal panel clerk.


Nursery Admissions

Applications for Nursery 2022 intake need to be submitted into the school office no later than 4pm on 29th April 2022.

Nursery Application Form.pdf


Parent Handbook

View our 2021-22 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 or 020 7266 7070