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Admission Policy


This page details our admissions process and is where policies and paperwork may be downloaded

Application Form
2017 Entry Policy
Waiting List Request
Admissions Appeal Form

All admissions enquiries should be addressed to the academy.

In Year Casual Admissions
All in year admissions enquiries should be addressed to the Academy. If you wish to apply for a place within the Academy, an application form is available via the downloads above. These forms once completed can either be sent via Royal Mail, scanned and sent electronically to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or delivered in person to the main reception, which is manned from 8am to 4.30pm during term time, from 8 am to 4pm during school holidays.

Admissions 2017

Strood Academy is an all ability school, and in order to secure an all ability intake that is representative of the national ability range, all applicants for admission must take a fair banding test which is prescribed by National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). This is not a pass or fail test this is just to ensure that young people across the ability range are admitted.

All applicants for places in the academy will be banded according to the principles of fair banding, using the national profile.
Medway operate an equal preference system which means that parents/carers who intend to put Strood Academy down on the preference form either first, second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth choice will need to take the Academy Fair Banding test, which will determine what banding group their child should be placed in should they gain a place at the academy.

The tests were administered on 24 September and 8 October 2016 – a year ahead of entry. All applicants for an Academy place, including those with an EHC Plan and those with siblings in the school were required to take the Fair Banding test. Applicants who have sat the test will be split into five bands based on their NFER scores within the national profile, including those with an EHC Plan (previously known as a SEN statement) and Looked After Children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or because they were subject to a resident order of special guardianship).

Students who have not taken the banding test (apart from students with an EHC Plan where the academy is named in the plan who must always be given priority) will be considered after children who have sat the banding test.

You will be notified by Medway Council on Wednesday 1 March 2017 which school your child has been allocated. If you are unhappy with the allocation, you have the right to join a waiting list held by Medway Council, or to appeal to the Academy. Places must be accepted / refused and requests to go on waiting list and appeals must be submitted by Wednesday 29 March 2017.
Between 10 April and 31 December 2017 Medway Council will hold the waiting lists of all Medway Secondary Schools they will reallocate places that become available to those students who have submitted forms to join the waiting lists for any school.

Information regarding the dates that Appeals will be held for Strood Academy will be added to the Web site nearer the time.

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