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. 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.

Please note: If your child has been allocated a place at Ark Boulton Academy by Birmingham City Council, you will recieve an email inviting you to complete our online enrolment form(The email will be addressed from, please check your inbox and junk mail folders for the email).

Parent Reminder for September 2022 Entry

Any procedures and queries regarding application to Ark Boulton Academy can be found:

If you have any specific questions about the academy please contact our Admissions Team on 0121 773 8156 or email

In-Year Applications

Ark Boulton Academy admissions are managed within the school, based on priorties set by the LA.

If you wish to apply for a place in the new academic year beginning from September 2021 -2022 in any year group 8 to year 11, please complete our in-year online admissions form. You will be notified within a week of completing your application.

In order to keep the waiting list current, a new waiting list will be created for each new academic year. Therefore, from September 2021 your child will no longer remain on the waiting list or be automatically transferred to the new academic year's waiting list. 

If you have any specific questions on our admissions policy or criteria, contact our Admissions Team by email: with subject title - In-year admissions.

Ark Network Appeals Timetable

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Year 7 in September 2021 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).

Offer Date

Deadline for lodging an appeal

1st March 2021 19th April 2021

On-time appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for submitting 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.

Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date by an external agency engaged by the Ark network.

If you wish to appeal for a place in September 2021 Year 7, please click here for the Ark secondary appeal form, and contact Birmingham City Council on 0121 303 1888 to notify the Admissions Team of your appeal.

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.