How to apply

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 'Apply for a School' website, which you can access here

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 2022 open online from 12 September 2021 and close on 15 January 2022.

Allocation decisions sent on (offer date) which is 19 April 2022.

Please note that you must make separate applications for each of your children. A sibling will not be offered a place unless a separate application has been made following the procedures outlined on this page.

Please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs R Hines, at info@arkblacklandsprimary.org if you have any queries or would like support in making your applications.

 

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 school please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs R Hines, at info@arkblacklandsprimary.org who will be happy to meet you.

Allocation decisions are sent on 19 April 2022.

Please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs R Hines, at info@arkblacklandsprimary.org if you have any queries or would like support in making your applications.

Admissions criteria

Ark Blacklands Primary Academy is a non-selective school for local children. If the school 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

Admissions Consultation 2023/24

Ark Blacklands Primary Academy is now consulting on its admissions policy for September 2023 intake. Consultation will run from 18th October to 28th November 2021.

Consultation

The School Admissions Code 2021 requires all schools to publicly consult on their admissions arrangements;

  • if any significant changes are made

or

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

It has been seven years since Ark Blacklands publicly consulted on admissions arrangements and there are no proposed changes from the previous arrangements.

The updated draft policy (which is unchanged from the previous admissions policy) is available below:

PDF iconArk Blacklands Admissions Policy 23-24 DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION

PDF iconConsultation briefing note Ark Blacklands

Hard copies are also available on request at the contact details below.

Should you wish to comment on the policy, please let us know by sending us feedback, using one of the methods below.

Submitting Feedback

Comments should be submitted either using the online form, link below, or by post to:

Admissions Officer: Rachel Hines

Post: Ark Blacklands Primary Academy, Osborne Close, Hastings, TN34 2HU

Online form: https://forms.office.com/r/URZ54x4R8j

Correspondence should be headed “Ark Blacklands Admissions Consultation 2023”.

Consultation closes on 28th November 2021, all comments should be received by this date.

Next Steps

Once public consultation has closed, Ark Schools (the admissions authority for Ark Blacklands) 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 2022 and published on the academy’s website.