Starting school in September 2019? Come and visit Blacklands!

Ark Blacklands welcomes you to visit for prospective September 2019 Reception children – no appointment necessary - we look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday 6th November:         9.30am

Wednesday 7th November:    9.30am

Thursday 8th November:        1.30pm

Want to apply for a place?  Click here for further information.

Admissions Policy


PDF iconProspectus Blacklands Nov2016.pdf

How to Apply

The academy will admit 90 reception year students each September.

Admissions are managed through East Sussex County Council school admissions team. Information on Ark Blacklands Primary Academy is included in their starting school brochure, which you can download here. Copies will also be available from most nurseries and early years centres.

For more information about the admissions process, including key dates, please see the East Sussex  website here

Please note that admissions for entry into Reception class 2019 open online from 12th September 2018 and close on 15th January 2019.

Allocation decisions are sent on 16th April 2019.

Please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs J Childs if you have any queries or would like support in making your applictaions.

In-year admissions

In-year admissions are managed through East Sussex County Council, please see their website here. If you would like to visit the acadmey please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs J Childs who will be happy to meet you. 

Admissions Criteria

ARK Blacklands Primary Academy is a non-selective school for local children. If the academy is oversubscribed, priority will be 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
  • 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)
  • Children who live in the relevant East Sussex defined community area, prioritised according to the measure used by East Sussex Council
  • The remaining places will be allocated to children who live in the relevant East Sussex defined community area, prioritised according to the measure used by East Sussex Council



Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).

  Offer date Deadline for lodging an appeal
Primary 16 April 2019 18 May 2019


‘On-time’ appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, 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.

Any additional evidence parents/carers wish to submit in support of their appeal must be sent to the external agency at least 5 working days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline may not be considered by the independent appeal panel.

Please read this PDF iconGuidance on Infant class size appeals and follow this link to the primary appeal form.