Admissions

Leigh Academy Rainham is a non-selective academy for boys and girls. Prospective pupils are not required to take or pass the Medway Test or any other entry tests to apply for a place at the Academy. This page provides the necessary documentation to understand the Admissions Arrangements for prospective Year 7 pupils.

The Admissions Process

The admissions process for Leigh Academy Rainham in 2021 is outlined in our Admissions Policy below:

LAR Admissions Arrangements 2021-2022

Accepting / Refusing An Offer 2021

If you have received an offer from us you will need to formally accept or refuse this offer using the form below. Failure to complete this form will result in your place being offered to another child.

Acceptance – Refusal Form 2021

Please be aware that the reallocation of places from the Waiting List follows the same oversubscription criteria as set out in our Admissions arrangements e.g. it is done by criteria such as distance, not a first come first served basis.

Waiting List for Secondary Admissions 2021

To apply for our waiting list you need to complete the form on the Medway Council website following the link below:

Medway Council – Leigh Academy Rainham Waiting List

Please be aware that the reallocation of places from the Waiting List starts from the 19th April and continues until 31st December so that all places are filled. Reallocation of places from the waiting list follows the same oversubscription criteria as set out in our Admissions arrangements e.g. it is done by criteria such as distance, not a first come first served basis. If you have another school offer, you should accept it as well as going on the Leigh Academy Rainham waiting list. Refusing another offer will not give your child higher priority on any waiting list.

Appeals for Secondary Admissions 2021

The appeals application window for Leigh Academy Rainham closed on March 31st.  Appeals will take place in June.

Admissions Process 2022-2023

Here you will find the Admissions Arrangements Procedures for Leigh Academy Rainham for 2022-2023, please read this guidance carefully, in conjunction with the guidance on the Medway and Kent County Council Admissions pages:

Admissions FAQs

Does my child have to take the Medway Test or a Fair Banding Test to apply to Leigh Academy Rainham?

No. Children do not need to sit or pass the 11 plus or any other form of test to apply for our Academy. We are an inclusive academy that will be open to all pupils regardless of their academic ability.

Should I still apply for other schools in the area or will I be guaranteed a place?

Yes you should apply elsewhere as we cannot guarantee anyone a place. We strongly encourage you to use all your options as there has been significant interest in the Academy and it is very possible we may be oversubscribed. It is crucial that you also apply to other schools in the area via this website so that your child is not left without a place at a local school:

APPLY FOR A SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACE

What is the catchment area? Is there a set distance you will accept children from?

There is no defined distance, postcodes or council areas we will be offering places to so if you live in Medway, or Swale, we encourage you to apply! We are often asked what mileage from the academy you will need to be in order to receive a place but there is not a specific border to our catchment. Whether you are successful in receiving a place is determined by the number of other applications we receive from children that may happen to live closer to the Academy than you. This means the catchment distance may vary year to year based on how many other people apply at various distances. If we are oversubscribed we apply our admissions criteria (as outlined in the document at the top of this page) and distance will be one of these criteria.

The Academy is very close to the border for Swale Council, despite being in Medway. Will I still be able to apply if I come under Swale Council but live very close to the Academy?

Yes and we encourage you to apply! As outlined above if we are over subscribed, distancing criteria is applied, therefore places are offered based on distance, not councils. Leigh Academy Rainham will be represented on both Medway and Kent County Council Admissions Pages so that you can apply regardless of which council you live in.