Admissions Process for 2022-23

How to apply

You must apply on the Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) via Kent LEA Online.

The school at the top of the list is regarded as your first preference. In order to have the best chance of securing a place at The Leigh Academy, we would highly recommend that you place The Leigh Academy as your first preference.

The Leigh Academy also uses a Fair Ability Banding Assessment in order to apply our criteria. Parents/Carers are able to register students for this assessment by completing the online form which can be found on our website under Admissions It is essential that this form is completed by the same closing date as for the SCAF, Monday 31st October. If you are unable to access the online form, please collect a Fair Ability Banding Form from our reception at the address below:

The Leigh Academy
Green Street Green Road

Students who name The Leigh Academy will be invited for a test as part of the national process of ‘fair banding’. This is not a pass or fail assessment, it just ensures that children across the full ability range are admitted.

The order in which places are given at the academy are clearly detailed in our Admissions Arrangements document.

Admissions Timeline

Wednesday 5th October

Thursday 19th October

Open Evening Events at The Leigh Academy

Please book a slot to attend here

Monday 31st November

Closing date for both Online SCAFs and The Leigh Academy Fair Ability Banding Form

Saturday 12th November

Fair Ability Banding Assessment
Students will be invited to attend the Fair Ability Banding assessment on the date specified.

Tuesday 1st March

Offer emails will be sent out by the KCC LEA

Tuesday 28th March

Deadline for lodging appeals

Tuesday 26th April onwards

Apply directing to The Leigh Academy to go onto the waiting list

Thursday 6th July

Induction Day
New students will receive an invitation in June

In Year Admissions

To apply for a place at The Leigh Academy in any year group, applicants will need to complete and return an ‘In Year Admissions’ form to the academy.

Download In year application form

Please contact reception for information regarding Year 7 and In-Year Casual Admissions on:

Kirsty Scott,
Admissions Coordinator
Tel: 01322 620509


If you require accessible versions of these documents please email: