Admissions to Leigh Academy Bexley

At Leigh Academy Bexley, we aspire to be a highly effective and truly inclusive school, reflecting the vibrant, diverse, and dynamic community that we serve. We believe in connecting with our local community and championing our local area.

Your child’s success and happiness are our number one priority.  We are a caring community where everyone feels safe, valued and empowered to explore, experience and achieve.  Our vision is to shape proud, articulate, confident, independent learners equipped to take their place in wider society.


We believe in providing our young people with an education, one that unlocks curiosity, ignites ambition, and forges a social conscience, equipping our students with the tools they need to have an impact on the world around them.

LAT is one of the largest and most successful multi-academy trusts in the region, with 31 academies in Kent, Medway, Bexley, and Greenwich. It has the capacity to provide significant and immediate support in all areas required so that KHS can enjoy the benefits of being part of a wide local educational network.

An increasingly broad programme of extra-curricular opportunities is offered to all students, extending the curriculum beyond the classroom and providing students with increased confidence and building resilience.

We aim to enhance the life chances of every Leigh Academy Bexley student, an ambition which goes beyond exams and league tables alone.

To contact us regarding any admission, please e-mail:

Year 7 Admissions Process September 2023

There are 250 places in Year 7 at Leigh Academy Bexley for September 2023. To apply for a place at the school, you must apply through your Home Local Authority.

Apply for a secondary school place

In-Year Admissions

Applicants applying for a place at Leigh Academy Bexley must apply directly to Bexley Local Authority. Applicants can find more information using the link below:

Bexley In-Year Admissions

The process regarding children admitted via Fair Access Panel will align with Bexley Local Authority’s published arrangements.


As the Admissions Authority, the Local Governing Body delegates the responsibility for administering appeals at Leigh Academy Bexley. Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at the school. In such cases, parents should forward their appeal in writing to the Clerk of Governors at the school address, preferably within 14 days of hearing that their child has not been allocated a place. The Appeals Panel will then listen to the appeal.

Sixth Form

Applications will open on Wednesday 18 October 2023 – a link will be available here from that date.


If you have not been offered a place at the academy, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. All appeals will be heard online which has the advantage that your appeal can be heard from your home or place of work.

If you wish to appeal, please use this link to complete your appeal online. Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is suggested that you download the explanatory booklet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form.

Appeals Explanatory Booklet - Education Appeals

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school, but on different forms.

Any letters or reports that you wish the panel to see should be uploaded at this time. You are asked to bear in mind that if you later send additional information, the closing date is 5 working days before the STAGE 1 hearing. All appointed panels have agreed NOT to take any late letters or reports after the 5 working day deadline. This will be strictly enforced. For secondary/primary transfer appeals, the hearing will take place at least TWO months after the refusal letter. This gives you plenty of time to get your evidence together if you act early and take account of school holidays.

Please note that the online form will ask you to download two utility bills dated in the last THREE months. If you do not have access to a scanner, please take two photographs with a mobile phone and upload the photographic files.

Full details about the hearing will be sent to you with your invitation to the hearing.

If you wish to contact the clerk – email :

Timetable for Appeals

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2024

4pm on Tuesday 2 April 2024 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard in the first tranche of appeals. Appeals lodged later may not be heard until the second tranche which could be in September 2024. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage.

The stage 1 part of the hearing (with other parents present) will take place on

Friday 24 May 2024

Part 2, the individual private hearings will take place on

Friday 24 May 2024, depending on the number of appeals.

Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel

At least 10 school days before the stage 1 hearing.

Any additional supporting evidence

Closing date is Friday 17 May 2024. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account. Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any new additional evidence BY POST ONLY. All such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound, but may be stapled on the top left hand corner. Paperwork submitted with your appeal form does not need to include 5 copies. These must be sent to EdAp, Sopers House, Sopers Road, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4RY.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

Due to the high number of appeals held at this time, this may not be sent until up to 10 working days after the last hearing for the school.

Mid-Term Applications Appeals

Last day for lodging appeal forms following a refusal for a place ‘in year’ or ‘mid-term’ excluding 6th form.

You must lodge the appeal form within 20 school days upon receipt of your letter of refusal. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply documentary evidence at this stage. Appeals are held within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal form.

Sixth Form Applications Appeals

Last day for lodging appeals

4pm on Thursday 29 August 2024 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard within the first weeks of September. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal on the online form and supply any documentary evidence at this stage e.g. a copy of your result sheet.

Please note the timetable is very short to enable those appellants who win appeals to start as early into the school year as possible.

Click here for the 6th form appeal form

Appeal date

The date will be during the month of September 2024.