Please click below to read our admissions policy
What is an appeal?
If you applied for a place and were not offered one, you have the right to appeal against this decision. Please note however that appeals can only be upheld in very specific circumstances. It is not a second chance to apply.
On what grounds can I appeal?
You are not limited on the grounds on which you base an appeal, however, please be aware that the panel will only uphold an appeal in very specific circumstances. You would need to demonstrate that:
• the admission arrangements have not been properly followed
• the admission criteria do not comply with the school admissions code
What does an appeal cost?
You will not be charged for appealing against the decision not to offer your child a place. However, each appeal costs the school an average of between £150 to £200, which comes out of the resource budget for its pupils.
Year 7 / Year 12 (admission in September 2020) appeals
Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Year 7 / Year 12 in September 2020 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).
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.
If you wish to appeal for a place in Year 7 / Year 12, please click here for the secondary appeal form.
Please contact the academy if you need a paper form.
Please click here to lodge an appeal.
The DfE "Advice for parents and guardians on school admission appeals" can be found here.