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.

St Albans Admission Policy 2019-20.pdf

Ark St Albans Admissions Policy 2020-21.pdf

Ark St Albans Admissions Policy 2021-22.pdf

Ark St Albans Admissions Policy 2022-23.pdf

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 enquiries, please contact or ring 0121 446 1300 and ask for Mr L Cole



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 for the secondary appeal form. Please contact the academies Admissions Officer (Mrs S Mason - 0121 446 1300) if you need a paper form.

Ark Network Appeals Timetable Info 2021.pdf


Timetable for Church of England Birmingham Independent Admission Appeals 2020-21

APPEALS TIMETABLE 2020-21 Secondary.pdf