Applying to Secondary School

We know that choosing which secondary schools to apply for is a nerve-wracking time for both parents and children, and especially given the challenging circumstances of the last couple of years.

We hope that the information shared on our website about admisions will help you understand the process, and that whilst you're here you're able to have a look around and get an idea of what makes BDA such a special school.

To get a real feel for our school, we'd love you to join us at one of our open events running throughout September and October. 



Hammersmith and Fulham have put together a brochure called 'Moving On Up' to help you with the process of transitioning to secondary school. Please click the image below to read.

If you're ready to make your application, click the button below to go to the application page:

Over-subscription criteria with policy

Ark Burlington Danes Academy is a non-selective school. Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admissions number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs where the Academy is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

  • Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children
  • Children of staff of the school where there is a demonstrable skill shortage
  • Children who have a sibling who already attends the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission (for this purpose “sibling” means a whole, half or step-brother or -sister resident at the same address)
  • Secondary only - up to 25% of the remaining places will be allocated to children who attend Church of England primary schools and, where there are more applications in this category than places, who live closest to the school using a straight line distance from the main entrance of the Academy to the main entrance to the child’s home.
  • Children of staff of the school (where there is no skill shortage)
  • The remaining places will be allocated to children who live closest to the school using a straight line distance from the main entrance of the Academy to the main entrance to the child’s home.

For the purpose of the final bullet point above:

The main entrance to the Academy is the front gate on Wood Lane

The main entrance to a child’s home is the door into the house or individual flat or living space occupied solely by the child’s family.

Admissions Policies and Appeals Booklet

To view our admissions policy and appeals booklet, please click here.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions it may not be possible to hold appeal panel hearings in the usual way this year. The Department for Education has now issued revised guidelines for Admissions Authorities on how appeals should be dealt with. Appeals will be heard during May/June/July; all appellants will be contacted by the independent appeals clerk to explain the process, which will be the same for all Ark schools.
Further guidance from the government can be found here.

In-year admission 2022/23

In-year admissions to all year groups can be made via the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Applications made to any year group outside the main admissions round (In-Year admissions) should be made directly to academy via the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.


If you wish to apply for a place, please complete the application form Apply online with Hammersmith and Fulham


Parents/carers will be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days.

If a place is refused the child will be added to the waiting list, the position on the waiting list will be determined according to the oversubscription criteria in the School’s Admissions Policy. 


If refused a place, the parent/carer has the right to appeal the decision.

If you wish to appeal, please click here for the appeal form

For primary appeals, please first read this guidance about infant class size appeals

Appeal panel hearings will take place within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal. Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal hearing date by the independent appeal panel clerk.


Should you have any enquiries please contact our admissions officer using the following details - 0208 735 4950 or email

School vacancies

We currently have a small number of vacancies within the secondary phase of our school.  If you wish to apply for a place please contact Admissions at the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham on 0208 753 1085 or email

You can use this link to apply online for a place at Ark Burlington Danes Academy.