Applying for a place
You will need to apply for a reception place for your child if he or she was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013.
Applications for admission in September 2017 must be received by Sunday 15 January 2017. Allocations are announced by the council on Tuesday 18 April 2017. You should receive a notification letter the next day. If you apply online you will receive the outcome of your application on the evening of 18 April.
Ark Swift is a two form entry, non-denominational, mixed primary academy for local children. We admit 60 reception places each year. We also provide 45 fully-funded full time equivalent places for nursery children. Places in the nursery school may be full time or part time (mornings or afternoons) and are offered to children in the year before they would start reception (so typically aged three and a half and above).
Applications for reception must be made through the London Borough of Fulham and Hammersmith (LBHF). You can find all the information you need about Ark Swift on our website, in our prospectus or at one of our open days.
You can find out more about applying for a school place in Hammersmith and Fulham on the LBHF website. Copies of the LBHF's brochure 'Starting school: a guide for parents' are also available from council offices, local libraries and Ark Swift.
You can use https://www.eadmissions.org.uk/eAdmissions/app to apply online for a place at Ark Swift Primary Academy. Please contact the LBHF admissions team for further information on 020 7745 6434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nursery admissions are managed by the school. Please call 020 8743 2514 or email email@example.com to be sent an application form.
If there are more applications than there are places available, places will be allocated in accordance with our admissions policy.
Ark Swift Primary Academy offers 60 reception places each year. Where the Academy is named on a child’s Statement of Special Educational Needs, that child will be admitted. All other applications are considered next. If there are fewer than 60 applications, the academy will offer places to all those who have applied.
Procedure where the academy is oversubscribed
If there are more than 60 applications they are considered against the criteria and order set out below:
a) Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children
b) Children of staff of the school where there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
c) 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).
d) Children of staff of the school (where there is no skill shortage)
e) The remaining places will be allocated to 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.
The academy will keep a waiting list for any vacancies that arise during the year where a child leaves or does not take up a place.
Ark Network Appeals Timetable
September 2017 entry
Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September 2017 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).
|Offer date||Deadline for lodging an appeal|
|Primary||18 April 2017||20 May 2017|
|after 20 May 2017 (late appeals)|
‘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 schoold 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.