PDF iconArk Oval Admission Policy 2018-19

PDF iconArk Oval Admission Policy 2019-20

Ark Oval Admissions Policy 2020-21.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 2019 entry (This will be updated for 2020 as soon as dates have been confirmed) 

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 TBA TBA

‘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.

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  


Ark Oval Primary Academy Admissions Consultation 2021/22

Ark Oval Primary Academy is now consulting on its admissions policy for September 2021 intake. Consultation will run from 14th October to 24th November 2019.


The School Admissions Code 2014 requires all schools to publicly consult on their admissions arrangements;

if any significant changes are made


after a maximum period of seven years, even if no changes have been made.

It has been seven years since Ark Oval Primary Academy publicly consulted on admissions arrangements and there are no proposed changes to the previous arrangements.The updated draft policy (which is unchanged from the previous admissions policy) is available below. Hard copies are also available on request at the contact details below. Should you wish to comment on the existing policy, please let us know by sending us feedback, using one of the methods below.

Ark Oval Admissions Policy 2021-22 DRAFT.pdf

Submitting Feedback

Comments should be submitted either by email post to:

Admissions Officer: Collette Hall

Email: c.hall@arkovalprimary.org

Post: 98 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon, CR0 6BA

Correspondence should be headed “Ark Oval Primary Academy Admissions Consultation 2021”.

Consultation closes on 24th November 2019, all comments should be received by this date.

Next Steps

Once public consultation has closed, Ark Schools (the admissions authority for Ark Oval Primary Academy) will consider all feedback to the proposed admissions arrangements and make recommendations for final changes, where relevant. The final admissions arrangements will be determined by the Ark Schools Management Team before 28th February 2020 and published on the academy’s website.