Applying for a place

Ark Franklin Primary Academy is a three form entry primary school which offers 90 reception places each year. It is a non-denominational, non-selective school for local children. If you would like to find out more about us, or to visit, please contact the school on 0208 969 3846.

Children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 are due to start Reception Class, the first year of primary school, in September 2022.

There are two ways to apply for a reception place for 2022:

Applications for reception places in September 2022 must be submitted by 15 January 2022.

Additional Information can be found on the document link below provided by Brent Council.

For any enquiries related to admissions please email our Office Manager, Lourdes De Lucia:


Admissions policy

When we admit pupils, we prioritise children with statements of special educational needs. Then, if we are 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 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 at the Ark Franklin nursery who are eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium, the Pupil Premium or Service Premium
  • Children who are eligible for the Pupil Premium living in the catchment area defined as within a 0.5 miles radius from the school.  If the number of applications under this criterion is greater than the number of places available, applications will be considered by straight line distance, with priority given to pupils living closest to the school. 
  • 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.

Please see the full admissions policy for tie-breaker and more details:

Waiting lists

Franklin will keep a wait list which will be used to fill any vacancies arising if children leave during the year, or withdraw from a place that has been offered.


If your child is not allocated a place and you wish to appeal you have the right to do this under the Admissions Appeals Code. For Ark academies, appeals are organised by an external agency who will establish an independent panel to hear the appeal.

Ark Schools Appeals Timetable

Ark Network Appeals Timetable

September 2022 entry

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September 2022 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).  

Deadline for lodging an appeal

  Offer date Deadline for lodging an appeal
Primary 19th April 2022 18th May 2022

On-time appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. Appeals submitted after this date will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being submitted, 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 five working days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline may not be considered by the independent appeal panel.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions it may not be possible to hold appeal 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. Appeals will be heard during May/June/July; all appellants will be contacted by the independent appeals clerk to explain the process, which will be the same for all Ark schools. 

Please read this guidance about infant class size appeals, click here for the primary appeal form.


Ark Franklin Admission Policy 2021-22.pdf

Ark Franklin Admission Policy 2022-23.pdf

Ark Franklin Nursery Admissions Policy 2022 2023.pdf

Ark Franklin Admissions Policy 2023-24 FINAL.pdf