Admissions, Fair Banding and Appeals

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

Admissions 2023 (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.

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

The fair banding test dates have been completed for Admission 2023 and there are no further opportunities to sit the test.

Fair Banding Test Dates

Please find below the fair banding test dates for the 2023/24 academic year.

Please note, parents only have the option of choosing one date/time from the list below. 
You can also find the registration form linked below.

Saturday 16th September 2023
9am or 11am 

Saturday 14th October 2023
9am, 11am or 1pm

Our Fair Banding Test registration has now closed, if you would still like to sign up, please email

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 below, or from the main reception of the Academy. These forms once completed can either be sent via Royal Mail, scanned and sent electronically to