Diwali Celebrations & End of Term

Students observing Diwali on 19th October must call the school office if they wish to take one day off for religious observance. Many thanks and we hope you have a wonderful day. Happy Diwali!

Term will end on Friday 20th October and all students will return to the academy on Wednesday 1st November 2017.

Have a safe and enjoyable break.

Admissions policy

Ark Boulton Academy is a non-selective, non-denominational, mixed school serving 11–16 year olds. Each year we admit 180 children into Year 7. To apply, you will need to go through the Birmingham City Council website – just visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions. If you need any help with the admissions process, then please give us a call.

When we admit students, we prioritise children with statements of special educational needs. Then, if our academy is oversubscribed, we offer places to children in the following order of priority:

  • Looked After Children and children who have been previously looked after
  • Children of staff who are filling a demonstrable skills shortage
  • Children who, at the time of the admission, have a sibling, resident at the same address, who attends the academy
  • Children of staff who are not filling a demonstrable skills shortage
  • Children who live closest to the academy by straight line distance from their home to the main entrance.

The school will keep a waiting list which is used to fill casual vacancies if students leave during the year or withdraw from a place that has been offered.

PDF iconArk Boulton Academy Admissions Policy 2016-17

PDF iconArk Boulton Academy Admissions Policy 2017-18

PDF iconArk Boulton Academy Admissions Policy 2018-19


Parent Reminder for September 2017 Entry

Ark Boulton has received its student list for September 2017. Once again, we are over-subscribed and have a waiting list. All parents that have been notified by the local authority that they have a place at our academy must ensure that they complete their acceptance letter, returning it to us by 16th March so as to secure their place at our academy. Any families not returning their slip by this date risk losing their place. Any families that wish to make a late application to Ark Boulton should ring the Birmingham Admissions Team on 0121 303 1888. 


Ark Schools Appeals Timetable - September 2017 entry

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Year 7 in September will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).  

  Offer date Deadline for lodging an appeal
Secondary  1 March 2017 19 April 2017
    after 19 April 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 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 5 working days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline might not be considered by the independent appeal panel.

If you wish to appeal for a place in Year 7, please click here for the secondary appeal form.

Please contact admissions@arkonline.org or the academy if you need a paper form.