PDF iconArk Oval Admission Policy 2018-19

PDF iconArk Oval Admission Policy 2019-20

Ark Oval Admissions Policy 2021-22 FINAL Version.pdf

Ark Oval Primary is a non-denominational, non-selective school for local children. We offer 90 places in three reception classes each September.

If the academy is oversubscribed, priority is 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 following order of priority:

  • Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children
  • Children of staff of the school where there is a demonstrable skill shortage (as confirmed by Ark*)
  • 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 sister resident at the same address)
  • Children of staff of the school where there is no skill shortage (as confirmed by Ark*)
  • The remaining places will be allocated children who live closest to the school, using a straight line distance from the main entrance of the academy to the main entrance to the child’s home.

*In each case children of staff of the school are restricted to no more than one child for each form in any year.

The Council Admissions Team will manage a waiting list to fill casual vacancies occurring if pupils leave during the year or withdraw from a place that has been offered. Applications must be made on the Common Application Form which can be obtained from the Croydon Admissions Team.

If your child is due to start in the Reception class in September 2020 your application must be received by the Council Admissions team by 15 January 2020. For more information on the application process please contact www.croydon.gov.uk/admissions to be guided through the steps in the application process. You can also call Croydon School Admissions on 0208 726 6400 or via email school.admissions@croydon.gov.uk

If you have any further questions you can speak with our Admissions Officer, Miss Collette Hall on 0208 688 3000 or by emailing office@arkovalprimary.org 

You can then make your application online via the eAdmissions site.

Attached is a guide to applying on line:

Guidance leaflet on applying online - Application to Reception and Junior class 2020.pdf

Letter to Parents-Reception Application 2020 admission.pdf


Ark Network Appeals Timetable-September 2020 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 16th April 2020 Monday 18th May 2020

‘On-time’ appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for submitting appeals. Appeals submitted after this date will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being submitted, whichever is the later date.

Mid-year appeals must be heard within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal.

IMPOTRANT NOTICE: 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

Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date by an external agency engaged by the Ark Network.

Please read this PDF iconguidance about infant class size appeals and follow this link to the primary appeal form.

Below is the link to the DFE guide:


Please contact the academy if you need a paper form.

Lastly - here is an electronic copy of our Parent Handbook. All In - Year and Reception Admission parents will receive a hard copy of this either at your Induction meeting or on the first day of school.

Ark Oval Parent Handbook 2019 2020 Final.pdf  

Reception September 2020 - Welcome Presentation

2020 Reception Welcome Meeting Presentation.pdf

 Ark Oval Primary Academy Admissions Consultation 2021/22 - This is now closed