Admissions Criteria

When we admit pupils, we prioritise children with EHCPs or statements of special educational needs. If our academy is oversubscribed, we offer places to children 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 demonstable 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 -sister resident at the same address)
  • Children of staff of the school (where there is no skill shortage)
  • The remaining places will be allocated to children who live closest to the school, using a straight line distance from the main entrance of the academy to the main entrance of the child's home

Ark Bentworth Admissions Policy 2022-2023

Ark Bentworth Admissions Policy 2023-2024

Ark Bentworth Admissions Policy 2024-2025


Ark Schools Appeals Timetable

Appeals for children refused admission at a preferred school for entry into Reception, in September 2022 will be heard according to the regulations in the School Admission Appreal Code (October 2022).

  Offer Date Deadline for submitting an appeal
Primary 17th April 2023 17th May 2023

Appeals panel hearings will take place within 40 school days of the deadline date for submitting an appeal.

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.

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

Guidance on Infant class size appeals

Information for Parents

Advice for parents and guardians on school admission appeals


Nursery Admissions Policy

Please click below to read our admissions arrangements for nursery.

Nursery Admissions Policy