Admissions (including Fair Banding)

Admissions (including Fair Banding)

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


Year 7 Admissions 2021 (Current year 5 students)

As in previous years all students wishing to apply for a place at Strood Academy in year 7 will be required to take a Fair Banding Test which is prescribed by GL Assessment.  The test dates for current year 5 students will be released in June 2020.

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 need to take the Fair Banding Test.

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.

Strood Academy Admissions 2021 policy.

Year 7 Admissions 2020 (current Year 6 students)

You will be notified by Medway Council on Monday 2 March 2020 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 Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Until 31 December 2020 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.

The initial round of appeals will take place during the week commencing 25 May 2020.  All appeal forms that have been received have been passed onto the  Independent Appeals Panel Clerk. All Appellants  have been sent a letter by the Appeals Panel Clerk explaining that in light of the unique situation that we are currently experiencing, and in line with Government guidelines all appeals will be reviewed by the panel, based on the written evidence that you have supplied.   You have also been invited to supply any additional evidence that you would like to be considered, to help support your Appeal, by 13 May 2020, as the letter directed this evidence should be emailed to info@stroodacademy.org.uk and then it will be sent onto the the Appeals Clerk.

The Appeals Clerk will aim that outcome letters are sent out within 5 school days of the last appeal.

You are reminded that it was a requirement 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.

Strood Academy Admissions 2020 policy

In Year Casual Admissions

Enquiries for admissions to all current years 7 to 11 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.