Admissions and Appeals
The academy is non-selective and open to children of all abilities. The academy will admit 120 year 7 students each year.
We hold open days each autumn for families whose children are interested in applying to the school the following year. Details of our open days for 2021 admission will be made available at a later date.
Applications must be made through the City of Birmingham admissions process. There is no supplementary form. You can find full details of the Birmingham admissions process here.
If the academy is oversubscribed priority is given to students with a statement of special educational needs where the academy is named on the statement. The remaining places are then 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 attending Ark Tindal Primary Academy, Tindal Street, Christ Church CE Primary School, Claremont Road, or St Thomas’s CE Primary School, Great Colmore Street.
- Children of staff of the school (where there is no skill shortage)
- 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.
For full details, please see the full policy available.
Access to the DfE Guide can be found here.
Help and support
For Admission enquiries for new Year 7 students, please contact the Local Authority.
For In year Admission enquiries, please contact the school on 0121 446 1300 or visit the Reception.
For Sixth Form Admission, please apply here.
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.
‘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.
Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date by an external agency engaged by the Ark network, at least 10 school days before the hearing. They will provide a copy of the school’s statement of case which will be sent to each parent/carer at least 10 school days before the hearing.
If you wish to appeal for a place in Year 7, please click here. Please contact the academies Admissions Officer (Mrs S Mason - 0121 446 1300) if you need a paper form.
Timetable for Church of England Birmingham Independent Admission Appeals 2020-21
Applications made to any year group outside the main admissions round (In-Year admissions) should be made directly to Ark St Alban’s Academy.
If you wish to apply for a place, please complete the application form here.
Parents/carers will be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days.
If a place is refused the child will be added to the waiting list, the position on the waiting list will be determined according to the oversubscription criteria in the School’s Admissions Policy.
If refused a place, the parent/carer has the right to appeal the decision.
If you wish to appeal, please click here for the appeal form.
Appeal panel hearings will take place within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal. Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal hearing date by the independent appeal panel clerk.
Please bring the original of the child’s birth certificate or passport and a copy of the council tax and/or utility bill or copy of rental agreement with you for copying.