Apply for a school place


Ark Schools is consulting on merging Ark Helenswood and Ark William Parker.

For further information please visit the Ark Consultation page

Although there is no right to choose a school, you have the right to state a preference for the schools that you would like your child to attend

We recommend that you list at least three different schools in case your first preference cannot be offered.

Apply if you live in East Sussex

Apply online

The link above takes you to the Synergy parent portal to apply for school places.

You’ll get an confirmation email after submitting your application. See After you have applied to understand what happens next.

It’s important to be careful and accurate. If we allocate a place at a school based on incorrect information (for example, a wrong address or date of birth) we may withdraw the place.

If you can’t apply online

Please contact the Admissions and Transport team for a paper application. Complete your form and send it to the address at the bottom before the closing date.

If we receive more than one application for the same child before the closing date, we will use the latest application submitted.

If you live outside of East Sussex

Normal entry times

To apply for an East Sussex school you must apply through your ‘home’ local authority if your child is:
• moving from primary to secondary school; or
• starting school for the first time

Your local authority will then pass us details your application to consider. They will be responsible for letting you know the outcome.

In-year admissions

Admissions outside the normal entry times are called In-year admissions.

If your application is an in-year admission, you can apply on line even if you live outside East Sussex.