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The Ark is an integral part of the school but admissions to it are arranged via the Special Educational Needs (SEN) team at Brighter Futures for Children.  Applications to The Ark are not dealt with under the admissions policy for the main school. 


There are 18 places in The Ark.  We aim to restrict numbers to 3 children in a single year group. 


Children whose parents wish for them to be considered for admission to The Ark must have an Education and Health Care Plan which states that Autism is the child’s principal need.  Through the child's Annual Review, the child's current school may state they can't meet need or the parents may want a change of placement. The Special Educational Needs Department at Brighter Futures for Children may then refer the child for consideration by The Ark's Admission Panel.  


When the Admission Panel recommends a child for admission to The Ark there is then a period of transition with visits by staff from The Ark to see the pupil in his or her present setting, followed by a programme of visits by the child to Christ the King.  Very rarely it may become apparent during this transition process that The Ark is not the best place to meet the child’s needs, in which case the SEN department at Brighter Futures for Children will be informed and an alternative placement will be sought.


One important point that parents sometimes wonder about is that where the over-subscription criteria in the Admissions Policy of Christ the King school mentions “siblings”, a child in The Ark counts as a sibling for the purpose of ranking applications to the main school.


Parents who are interested in The Ark for their children are warmly encouraged to visit the school to speak to the Headteacher and The Ark Manager and to see how we work. 

If you would like to view a copy of our agreement with Brighter Futures for Children, which includes the admissions process, then please feel free to contact the school office.