Ark submitted a free school application to the Department for Education to open a new seondary academy in Ealing, to help meet the significant need for secondary school places. The application was approved in 2015.

Ark consulted on the proposal to open Ark Soane Academy as well as the proposed admissions criteria for the school. The consultation ran until 1 January 2018.

The 1200 place school (including 300 places in the sixth form) is proposed to open in September 2020. At which time, we would admit 180 year 7 pupils each year until it reaches full capacity in 2025. 

Ark Soane Academy will be located on the site of the current Acton College – Ealing Hammersmith & West London College (Mill Hill Rd, London, W3 8JH). The school is part of a mixed-use development, with both purpose-built school facilities as well as residential units, to help meet the need for new homes in the local area too. The development of the site is being led by LocatED, a government-owned property company helping to deliver new free school sites across England.

The school will be non-denominational, non-selective and mixed, serving local children. We are proposing that the main oversubscription criteria will be straight line distance, two-thirds of which will be based from a nodal point located at Acton Town Hall on High Street (W3 6NE). The remaining third will be from the school site itself.

We held Consultation Events at Acton Construction & STEM Centre, Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College, London, W3 8EA, on 2 and 4 November 2017, where everyone was invited to hear more about our school consultation or the planning consultation. If you were unable to attend, you are still able to feedback on the cinsultations - see below. Also, you are able to view the exhibition boards from the Consultation Events here.  


We would love to hear from you during this consultation, so please do fill out our feedback form here.

LocatED is now also consulting on the planning proposal for the development, ahead of submission of a planning application later in the year. Have your say in the planning consultation here