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We are now only allowing applications for school places in September. We will be asking schools to respond to these between 20–30 June. If you have moved and you require a school place sooner, please apply for the year group the child will be moving to in September and contact your preferred school(s) directly to discuss if they are able to offer you a place now.

If you wish to apply for Ark William Parker Academy or Ark Helenswood Academy then please apply on this system for Ark Alexandra Academy, which is the school opening in September 2019 formed by the merger of Ark William Parker and Ark Helenswood.

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

Before applying, please make sure you understand the process and criteria for the schools you prefer.

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 the details of 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 online even if you live outside East Sussex.

Change of school requests
You may be thinking of changing schools because your child is experiencing problems at their current school. Before you apply, we strongly recommend that you discuss the matter with the headteacher and staff of your child’s current school to try and improve things. Changing school can have a negative impact on learning and friendship groups and the new school may not be able to match your child’s subject options