How to apply for Reception in 2021

The academy will admit 60 Reception year students each September.

To apply for a place for your child to join Ark Castledown in September 2021 you must apply through the East Sussex County Council website. All Admissions are managed through East Sussex County Council school admissions team. Information on Ark Castledown Primary Academy is included in their starting school brochure. 

For more information about the admissions process, including key dates, please see the East Sussex County Council website.

Please note that admissions for entry into the Reception class 2021 open online from  12th September 2020 and close on  15th January 2021.

Allocation decisions (offer date) are sent on 16 April 2021.

If you have any queries please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs C Du Randt, at:


In-year admissions

In-year admissions are managed through East Sussex County Council. If you have any queries or you would like to visit the school please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs C Du Randt, at:

Admissions criteria

Ark Castledown Primary Academy is a non-selective school for local children. If the school is oversubscribed, priority will be given to students with statements of special educational needs, where the academy is named on the statement. The remaining places will then be offered in the following order of priority:

i ‘Looked After Children’ and children who have previously been a ‘Looked After Child’ but immediately following this became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order or special guardianship order

ii. Children who live within the defined community area* and who, at the time of the admission, have a sibling** who attends the academy

iii. Children living within a defined community area*.

iv. Children who live outside the defined community area and who, at the time of the admission, have a sibling** (as defined above) who attends the academy.

v. Other children living outside the pre-defined community area. This covers children who do not fit into any other criteria. 


For full details, please see below:

Admissions Policy for the 2021 - 2022 academic year

Admissions Policy for the 2022 - 2023 academic year