Welcome to
Leigh Academy Minster

where innovation and excellence combine with respect and integrity

I am privileged to welcome you to Leigh Academy Minster, an institution where innovation and excellence will combine with respect and integrity to ensure all young people who study with us go on to lead happy, successful lives. We are a brand-new mixed secondary academy set up to provide an excellent, well-rounded education for children in our fantastic community. 

As Principal of Leigh Academy Minster I will be unapologetic in my commitment to our young people, ensuring that all students are provided with a high quality, internationally-influenced academic curriculum that showcases and celebrates the rich history of the Island. Students will be held to a high standard, and will be challenged to fulfil their ambitions through the academy’s strong culture of academic achievement and respect. 

I am a strong believer that education has the ability to change lives, and our academy will give students the opportunity to develop themselves both academically and personally through the integration of both traditional and digital approaches to learning. A student’s ownership and responsibility of their own learning is key to this, and I am committed to providing our young people with the tools, opportunities and support to develop all aspects of their academic and personal lives in partnership with their families.

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Our Mission

Leigh Academy Minster’s students will be the embodiment of ‘The Minster Way’ through a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and negative behaviours, ensuring a  calm, purposeful learning environment that provides exceptional personal development opportunities.

The academy upholds high expectations for its students, ensuring adherence through the consistent application of behaviour and engagement policies and processes though a “warm strict approach”, or in other words: caring with high expectations and firm boundaries.

All students will benefit from an inclusive, responsive tutor time and a personal, social, health, and economic curriculum designed to cultivate the holistic development of each child. This approach equips students with the skills, attributes and character to serve as ambassadors within the academy and the local community.

Featuring an array of exceptional facilities, spaces, and educational resources, the academy will equip students with a free Chromebook laptop to access the integrated digital curriculum. The physical spaces and resources will provide students with the opportunity to engage in a wide range of extra-curricular activities to support their interests outside the classroom. 

Academy Uniform

Leigh Academy Minster mandates a smart uniform for its students, with existing students receiving their uniform free of charge in the first year. Students are expected to wear the academy uniform correctly at all times, maintaining high standards of presentation in harmony with the academy’s expectations of conduct and engagement. Post-16 students are required to adhere to a business dress code, exemplifying the high standards expected of their younger peers.

Post 16

The Leigh Academy Minster Post 16 offers students a comprehensive range of Level 3 academic and vocational qualifications, ensuring a high-quality education. All Post 16 students benefit from consistent support within their dedicated Post 16 college, in addition to utilising well-equipped modern social and study spaces.

Each Post 16 student follows a personalised timetable that allocates specific time for seeking work experience, employment opportunities and independent study. This structured timetable ensures that students graduate with extensive real-world experience, preparing them for success in university, advanced apprenticeships or the professional workplace.

Joining Us

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How to apply for a place at Leigh Academy Minster

Existing parents

There is nothing you need to do for now. When the time comes to select one of the two new schools you will be asked to state your preference. All existing parents are guaranteed a place at one of the new schools. Current Year 10 and 12 students will be offered a place at Leigh Academy Minster.

Year 6 parents

If you have already selected Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey as one of your preferences you will also be given a choice of which of the two new schools you want your child to go to.  

If you had not previously selected OAIoS then you can add it by emailing KCC by 8th December 2023 and asking for OAIoS to be added as an additional preference for your child kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

In-year admissions

We anticipate that some families will want to transfer their children from Sittingbourne schools to one of the two new schools on the Island. Subject to admissions availability we will welcome back as many students as possible.