Admissions (including Fair Banding)

Admissions (including Fair Banding)

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


Admissions 2020 (current Year 6 students)

As in previous years all students wishing to apply for a place at Strood Academy are required to take a Fair Banding Test which is prescribed by GL Assessment.

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 their preference form either first, second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth choice will need to take the Fair Banding Test, which will determine what banding group their child should be placed in for admission purposes.

We have now concluded the Fair Banding Test process and there is no further opportunity to take the test.  This does not mean you cannot name Strood Academy in your application, however students who have not taken the Fair Banding Test will be considered after children who have sat the test.

Please click below for the Strood Academy Admissions 2020 policy.

Strood Academy Admissions 2020 policy

Admissions 2019 (current Year 7 students)

Until 31 December 2019 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.  If your situation changes and you no longer wish your child’s name to be on the waiting list, please inform Medway Council.

Anyone wanting a year 7 place at the Academy, who has not already appealed has the right to one appeal for a place for any academic year.  The form can be downloaded from this page.  When an appeal form is received it is passed to the Independent Appeal Clerk.  They then will deal with all of the administration of the Appeals process.  You will receive a letter giving at least 10 school days notice of your appeal hearing, and you can supply evidence to support your appeal up to 5 school days before the appeal is due to be heard.  This evidence should be sent into Strood Academy, who will ensure that it reaches the Appeals Clerk.  The Appeals Clerk will aim that outcome letters are sent out within 5 school days of the appeal.

You are reminded that it is part of the Academy’s admissions criteria for Year 7 entry that anyone applying for a place in this school should have taken the Fair Banding Test. If your child took this Test then it could strengthen his/her chances on appeal. If your child did not take the Test then there would need to be an exceptional reason for not doing so.

Please click below for the Strood Academy Admissions 2019 policy.

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, or from the main reception of the Academy.  These forms once completed can either be sent via Royal Mail, scanned and sent electronically to info@stroodacademy.org or delivered in person to the main reception, which is manned from 8am to 4.30pm during term time and from 8am to 4pm during school holidays.