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.
Timeline for September 2023 admissions
Secondary School applications open (Medway)
Monday 5 September 2022, 9am
Medway Test Date (In School)
Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 September 2022
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 17 or Sunday 18 September 2022
Medway Test results to Parents/Carers
Tuesday 4 October 2022, from 10am
Closing date for Secondary applications
Monday 31 October 2022
Offers sent to Parents/Carers
Wednesday 1 March 2023
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.
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:
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.
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.
In year admissions
For in year admissions at Leigh Academy Rainham, an application form is available via the link below.
These forms once completed can either be sent via Royal Mail to the Academy or scanned and sent electronically via email to or admissions office.
Furthermore, if you have any admission enquiries for Leigh Academy Rainham, please contact the Academy on 01634 412440 or via email, on the address above.