Ark Byron Primary Academy is non-denominational and non-selective and will admit up to 60 reception pupils each year

Applications for September 2023 opened in September 2022.

Children born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 are due to start the first year of primary school (reception class) in September 2023.  

All applications should have been made through your local council from September 2022. The deadline for applications will be January 2023. 

If you live in the Ealing borough, for the latest information and advice on applying to a primary school, please visit the council's website:   You can phone the Admissions Section Monday-Friday 9am-12pm noon or e-mail   You can apply online at

You must apply directly to the council that you are living in at the time of application, regardless of the borough which the school is in. The deadline for applying for primary school is in January 2023.  Applications received after this date are late and will not be considered until after national offer day. The national offer day for on-time applicants is in 17 April 2023.  If you apply online you will receive an email confirming the school that has been offered.  Offer letters are sent to paper applicants.

If you miss the deadline please contact Ealing's Admission service (if you live in Ealing borough) for guidance.

We encourage everybody to apply. When there are issues of over-subscription, it is our duty to prioritise children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan. We will then offer places to children in the following order of priority:

Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children

Children of staff at the school, where there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Children who have a sibling who attends the academy.

Children of staff in the school, where there is no demonstrable skill shortage.

Distance measurement (distance from the child's home to the Byron building).


Admissions to Reception

Ark Network Appeals Timetable September 2023 entry

Main Round:

Appeals for children refused admission at a preferred school for entry into Reception in September 2023 will be heard according to the regulations in the School Admission Appeals Code (October 2022).


Offer Date

17th April 2023

Deadline for submitting an appeal

17th May 2023

Appeal panel hearings will take place within 40 school days of the deadline date for submitting an appeal.

The independent appeal panel clerk will notify parents/carers of the date of their appeal; appeal hearings will take place during May/June/July 2023.

In Year:

Appeals for children refused admission to year groups other than Reception will be heard within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal. Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal hearing date by an independent appeal panel clerk.

For all year groups, please click here for the appeal form

Before submitting a Primary appeal, please read the following:

Infant class size appeals

The law states infant classes of 5, 6 and 7 year olds may not normally contain more than 30 pupils with a single teacher. As such, there are limited grounds in which an appeal for an infant class will be successful. There are only three grounds on which infant class size appeals can be upheld.

1. If the panel finds that the admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit.

2. The panel finds that the admission arrangements for the school did not comply with admissions law or were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied. Here, the panel must be satisfied not only did the arrangements not comply with admissions law or were not correctly and impartially applied but also the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied.

3. The panel decides that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would make in the circumstances of the case. Please note that the law defines unreasonable very narrowly in these cases and it means a decision which was perverse in the light of the admission arrangements, i.e. it was “beyond the range of responses open to a reasonable decision maker” or a decision which is “so outrageous in its defiance of logic or of accepted moral standards that no sensible person who had applied his mind could have arrived at it.”. The panel must use the legal definition of „unreasonable, and not their own personal definitions.

If the panel decides that the answer to any of the above categories is yes then your appeal may be allowed. Otherwise your appeal will be refused. Please note that the panel may also take into account the practical consequences for the school and the children in relevant infant classes if any or all the appeals were to be successful.

Please contact the academy if you need a paper form.


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