Ark Oval Admissions Policy 2022-23 FINAL.pdf

Ark Oval Admissions Policy 2023-24 FINAL.pdf

Ark Oval Admissions Policy 2024-25 FINAL.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.

In Year Admissions

Applications made to any year group outside the main admissions round (In-Year admissions) should be made directly to Croydon Council. If you wish to apply for a place Applications must be made on the Common Application Form which can be obtained from the Croydon Admissions Team or online via the eAdmissions site.

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. Appeal form link:

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.

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.

Reception 2023

If your child is due to start in the Reception class in September 2023 your application must be received by the Council Admissions team by 14 January 2023. For more information on the application process please contact to be guided through the steps in the application process. You can also call Croydon School Admissions on 0208 726 6400 or via email

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

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

Please see the attached video link for applying on line:

link to the eadmissions site registration video

link to the forgotten password video

Eadmissions Leaflet 2023.pdf

Ark Network Appeals Timetable-September 2023 entry 

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September 2023 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2022).  

  Offer date Deadline for lodging an appeal
Primary 17th April 2023 17th May 2023

‘On-time’ appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for submitting appeals. 

The independent appeal panel clerk will notify parents/carers of the date of their appeal; appeal hearings will take place during May/June/July 2023.

If you wish to appeal for a place in Reception, please click here for the appeal form

Before submitting a Primary appeal, please make sure you read this guidance about infant class size appeals:

Infant class size appeals

The law states infant classes of 5, 6 and 7 year olds may not normally contain more than 30 pupils with a single teacher. As such, there are limited grounds in which an appeal for an infant class will be successful. There are only three grounds on which infant class size appeals can be upheld.

1. If the panel finds that the admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit.

2. The panel finds that the admission arrangements for the school did not comply with admissions law or were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied. Here, the panel must be satisfied not only did the arrangements not comply with admissions law or were not correctly and impartially applied but also the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied.

3. The panel decides that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would make in the circumstances of the case. Please note that the law defines ‟unreasonable‟ very narrowly in these cases and it means a decision which was “perverse in the light of the admission arrangements”, i.e. it was “beyond the range of responses open to a reasonable decision maker” or a decision which is “so outrageous in its defiance of logic or of accepted moral standards that no sensible person who had applied his mind could have arrived at it.”. The panel must use the legal definition of „unreasonable‟, and not their own personal definitions.

If the panel decides that the answer to any of the above categories is yes then your appeal may be allowed. Otherwise your appeal will be refused. Please note that the panel may also take into account the practical consequences for the school and the children in relevant infant classes if any or all the appeals were to be successful.


Please contact the academy if you need a paper form.

Below is the link to the DFE guide: