Admissions Arrangements 2021-2022

Leigh Academy Rainham is an 11-18 coeducational, non-selective secondary academy.

Admission Number(s)

The school has a published admission number of 180 for entry in year 7.

The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number(s) for the relevant year group are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied. 

Application Process

Parents/ Carers can apply for their child’s school place either online via the Medway Council website or using a paper application form (SCAF), which can be collected from Medway Council’s office at Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR. 

The Council can only accept one application for each child. Only one of the above methods can be used, not both.

Key dates for Secondary School Admissions for September 2022

Secondary School Applications open (Medway)

Monday 6th September 2021

Medway Test Date (In School) 

Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th September 2021

Medway Test Date (In school for Medway schools that opt for Saturday testing and in test centres for children not in Medway Primary / Junior School)

Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th September 2021

Medway Test results to Parents/ Carers

Monday 4th October 2021

Closing date for Secondary applications

Sunday 31st October at 5pm

Offers sent to Parents/ Carers

Tuesday 1st March 2022

Oversubscription Criteria

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked After Children or previously Looked After Children
    Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order
  2. Admission of students whose sibling(s) currently attends the school.
    Students whose sibling(s) currently attends the school and who will continue to do so at the time of entry. For this criterion brother or sister means children who live as brother and sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, step brothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters. Children residing in the same households as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings. The Academy reserves the right to ask for proof of relationship.
  3. Acute Medical/ Needs
    Medical, health and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with Leigh Academy Rainham’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality  Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Leigh Academy Rainham. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend the Academy. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from suitably qualified, independent registered medical or other practitioners, at the time of original application, who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and Leigh Academy Rainham.  ‘Medical need’ does not include mild medical conditions.
  4. Child of a staff member
    The son or daughter of a member of staff who has been recruited to fill a vacant post at the academy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. For this criteria son or daughter means a child who lives in the same house as the member of staff, including a natural son or daughter, an adopted child, step son or daughter, or foster child. Children residing in the same households as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be eligible under this criterion. The Academy reserves the right to ask for proof of relationship.
  5. Any Other Children
    Children living nearest to the academy at the time of application will be given preference. The distance from home to the Academy is measured electronically using the Medway Council Geographical information software. This system measures the shortest route by road and path from a single fixed point in the centre of the home address to a predefined point within the Academy site or the centre point of the road adjacent to the Academy. The same point on the school site is used for everybody. If more than one applicant lives in a multi-occupancy building (e.g. flats) priority will be given to the applicant whose door number is the lowest numerically and/or alphabetically. Where parents live at separate addresses, and have joint custody, the address used will be the one where the child spends the main part of the academy week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive).

Applications eligible under criteria 1-4 are each ranked in order of nearness of the child’s home to the academy using the method given in criterion 5.

Siblings from Multiple Births

If siblings from multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) apply for the Academy and the Academy would reach its Published Admission Number (PAN) after admitting one or more, but before admitting all of those siblings, the Academy will offer a place to each of the siblings, even if doing so takes the Academy above its PAN.


In the unlikely event that two or more applicants living the same distance away from the Academy and in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the Academy, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which  child should be given a place.

Late Applications

All applications received by Medway Council after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants the school is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group.  To do so parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission out of the normal year group is being requested.

When such a request is made, the academy trust will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the headteacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.

Waiting Lists 

The school will operate a waiting list for year 7. Where the academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the academic year. This will be maintained by Leigh Academies Trust and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.


All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code. 

Appellants should contact Leigh Academy Rainham at  for information on how to appeal.


Home Address

The home address is where a child normally lives.  Where a child lives with parents with shared parental responsibility, each for part of a week, the address where the child lives is determined using a joint declaration from the parents stating the pattern of residence. If a child’s residence is split equally between both parents, then parents will be asked to determine which residential address should be used for the purpose of admission to school. If no joint declaration is received where the residence is split equally by the closing date for applications, the home address will be taken as the address where the child is registered with the doctor. If the residence is not split equally between both parents then the address used will be the address where the child spends the majority of the school week.

For children who reside with a relative or carer other than a parent, a residence order or other court order will be required.


‘Sibling’ means a natural brother or sister, a half brother or sister, a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, a step brother or sister or other child living in the same household as part of the same family who, in any of these cases, will be living at the same address at the date of their application for a place.

Published: July 2020