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Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy


As a parent, one of the most important decisions you will make will be which secondary school your child will attend. Your child’s secondary education will provide the foundation for their future as adults. They will acquire the skills, knowledge and qualifications they will need to progress onto further education and fulfilling, rewarding careers.

Maritime Academy is a non-selective academy for boys and girls. Prospective pupils are not required to take or pass the Medway Test or any other entry tests to apply for a place at the Academy. This page provides the necessary documentation to understand the Admissions Arrangements for prospective Year 7 pupils.

The Admissions Process for 2021 – 2022

If your child is in Year 6 you will need to apply for a secondary school place. As a new school the application process is slightly different in the first year. You will need to complete the Maritime Academy application form below and email it to


Key Dates:

Applications open: Monday 6th September 2021

Applications close: 5pm on Sunday 31st October 2021

By completing this form, you are applying for Maritime Academy only. It is advisable that you apply for additional secondary schools by submitting a secondary common application form via your home local authority (the authority in which you live). If you are a Medway resident, you can apply for additional secondary schools at

If you have any queries about the admissions process, please contact the Academy via or Medway School Admissions & Transport Team.


Phone: 01634 331110


The Medway admissions team will then share the applications with Maritime Academy for us to prioritise places in line with our over-subscription criteria if we have more applications than places.

The Maritime Academy 2022 admissions arrangements is outlined in the policy below



All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

Parents should contact the admissions officer, via the school email address ( or Maritime Academy c/o Thinking Schools Academy Trust, Park Crescent, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6NR by Monday 30th March 2022 at 4pm

National offer day: 1st March 2022

Deadline for appeals: 4pm, 30th March 2022

Appeals will take place in June.

For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeals being lodged.


Does my child need to take the Medway Test of a Fair Banding Test to apply to Maritime Academy?

No. Children do not need to sit or pass the Medway test or any other form of test to apply for our Academy.

Should I still apply for other schools in the area or will I be guaranteed a place?

Yes you should apply for other schools as we cannot guarantee anyone a place. We strongly encourage you to use all your options as there has been a significant interest in the Academy and it is possible that we will be over subscribed. It is vital that you also apply to other schools in the area via Medway Council so that your child is not left without a place at a local school.

What is the catchment area?

There is no defined distance, so if you live in Medway, we encourage you to apply! Whether you are successful in receiving a place is determined by the number of other applications we receive from children that may happen to live closer to the Academy than you. This means the catchment distance may vary year to year based on how many other people apply at various distances. If we are oversubscribed, we apply our admissions criteria found in our policy above.

Can I put Maritime Academy as my first choice?

There are two application systems. One for Maritime Academy and one for all other schools in Medway for the first year only. If you wish to send your child to Maritime Academy, please complete the form above, but we recommend that you also complete the Medway application form for all other schools in Medway too.

What happens if the school isn’t built in time?

The safety of our children is paramount therefore, if children are offered places at our school and the Academy is not built in time, we will open the school in temporary accommodation. This means that a secondary education will be provided at a different location until the school building is ready.