Admissions Process

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. It is essential that this form is completed by the same closing date as for the SCAF, Tuesday 31st October 2023. 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

Please note, registration for the Fair Ability Banding Assessment for September 2024 admissions has now closed.

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 Arrangement documents below.

Admissions Arrangements 2023-24 Admissions Arrangements 2024-25

Open Evenings

Two Open Evenings will take place on Wednesday 27th September and Thursday 12th October 2023. A booking form will be available on this page in July.

Fair Banding Test

The Fair Banding Test will be held on Saturday 18th November 2023. Booking for the test will open on Monday 26th June and close on Tuesday 31st October 2023, inline with the national closing date for Kent application forms.

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:

Stacey Thomas,
Admissions Coordinator
Tel: 01322 620504