Welcome from the Principal

Leigh Academy Minster is a newly established coeducational secondary academy committed to delivering a comprehensive and outstanding education for the students in our community. In my role as the Principal of Leigh Academy Minster, I am resolute in my dedication to our students, guaranteeing that each individual receives a high-quality, internationally-influenced academic curriculum that proudly highlights the rich history of the Island.

Our Post-16 offer looks to embrace this, with students able to hand pick a range of Level 3 academic and vocational subjects to support their chosen next steps, be this university, apprenticeships or the workplace. Our Small School model also ensures that your child receives the same high quality pastoral care as those students in younger year groups, with a dedicated team of leaders and pastoral staff focused on supporting them to fulfil their ambitions. 

We will furnish all students with high-quality facilities, workspaces, and social spaces to facilitate their growth and development with us, while also ensuring they have access to the latest cutting-edge technology and digital resources. We hold high expectations for our students, requiring them to adhere to a business dress code and act as ambassadors for our academy. However, these expectations will be supported by a high-quality programme of personal development, extra-curricular opportunities, and career guidance and development.

I invite interested parents and prospective students to peruse our website and view details of how to apply. If you were unable to attend our recent open event, you can find a copy of the evening’s presentation here.

Mathieu Stevens, Principal Designate

Why Choose Leigh Academy Minster

High Quality Curriculum

A blend of high quality academic and level 3 vocational qualifications to support students next steps to; university, apprenticeships and career pathways.

Small School Model

Leigh Academy Minster’s Post 16 Small School will provide all students with a committed team of leaders and support staff focussed on ensuring they fulfil their ambitions and foster outstanding relationships with families.

Dedicated Facilities and timetabling

Exclusive access to a wide range of upgraded work and social spaces, with a timetable designed to support students seeking additional work experience and independent study opportunities.

Digital Technology

All students will receive a personal Chromebook and Google Education package, enabling them to access learning at home and at the academy.

Curriculum Offer





Film Studies




Media Studies

Music Technology




Applied Science

Business Studies


Digital Media

Food Science & Nutrition

Health & Social Care

Performing Arts



Applying for a Post 16 place

Entry Requirements

Admission to Level 3 programmes at Leigh Academy Minster is contingent upon strict entry requirements aimed at ensuring a high academic standard. These entry requirements are in place to guarantee that students entering Level 3 programmes are well-prepared and committed to the academic challenges and rigours associated with higher-level qualifications.

Prospective students are expected to have demonstrated a strong foundation in relevant Level 2 qualifications. All programmes have an entry threshold of at least a GCSE grade 5 or an equivalent qualification. Students wishing to study science and/or mathematics require a minimum GCSE grade 6 or higher. All students are expected to have achieved a Good or Strong Pass in English and mathematics.

All courses will run dependent on student numbers. Further information on each subject and its entry requirements can be found on the academy’s Post-16 Admissions platform.

How to apply

Applications to Leigh Academy Minster’s Post-16 are managed through a system called Admissions+, powered by Applicaa. A link to this portal will be available on our website when it becomes live. When using the portal for the first time, you will be prompted to self-register and create a user profile in order to complete the application. You will be required to supply your personal information, current place of education, predicted grades and then select your courses.

Apply for Post-16 now

What happens next

You may be offered the opportunity to discuss your choice of courses in a one-to-one guidance meeting, which may take place virtually or by telephone. References may also be requested, so please ensure that you provide the correct contact details for the appropriate staff member when prompted during the application process. Once we have all of the information that we need, we will be in a position to provide a formal conditional offer via Admissions+ which will be emailed to you. Following receipt of this, we request that you either accept or decline at your earliest convenience.

Enrolment Day

A date for enrolment will be confirmed in due course, however, as soon as you receive your GCSE/key stage 4 results, you will be able to update these in Admissions+ to determine whether you still meet the minimum entry requirements for your course selection. For those of you who have met entry requirements, and do not need to amend their course selection, enrolment can be completed in full, virtually, via the Admissions+ platform. If, as a result, you no longer meet the requirements for your selected courses, or you wish to change your course selection, we will be happy to discuss alternatives with you on enrolment day.

Determined Admission Arrangements for entry in 2024 for Leigh Academy Minster

1. Arrangements for admission to 11-16 Provision 

The admission arrangements for Leigh Academy Minster for the academic year 2024-2025 and, subject to any changes approved or required by the Secretary of State, for subsequent years are: 

a. Leigh Academy Minster has an agreed admission number of 180 students. The Academy will accordingly admit up to 180 students in the relevant age group each year if sufficient applications are received. 

b. Leigh Academy Minster may set a higher admission number as its Published Admission Number for any specific year. Students will not be admitted above the Published Admission Number unless exceptional circumstances apply and such circumstances shall be reported to the Secretary of State. 

2. Process of application 

Applications for places at the Academy will be made in accordance with Kent County Council’s co-ordinated admission arrangements and will be made on the Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) provided and administered by the Kent County Council. Leigh Academy Minster will use the timetable for applications each year to fit in with the common timetable agreed by Kent County Council or its Admissions Forum. The closing date for applications is 31st October 2023. 

3. Consideration of applications 

Leigh Academy Minster will consider all applications for places. Where fewer than the published admission number of 180 for the relevant year groups are received, Leigh Academy Minster Academy will offer places to all those who have applied. 

Applications for Children to be Taught Outside their Expected Year Group 

Requests for admission outside of the normal age group should be made to the Principal as early as possible in the admissions round associated with the child’s date of birth. This allows the Academy and admissions authority sufficient time to make a decision before the closing date. Parents are not expected to provide evidence to support their request. However, where provided it must be specific to the child in question and may include medical or educational psychologist reports. There is no legal requirement for this medical or educational evidence to be secured from an appropriate professional. However, failure to provide this may impede the academy’s ability to agree to a request for admission outside of the normal age group. 

Parents are required to complete an application for the normal point of entry at the same time, in case their request is declined. Deferred applications must be made via paper SCAF to the Local Authority, with written confirmation from the Academy Principal attached. Deferred applications will be processed in the same way as all applications for the cohort in the following admissions round, and offers will be made in accordance with the academy’s oversubscription criteria.

Oversubscription Criteria 

Where the number of applications for admission of 180 is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of students with statements of Education, Health and Care Plans (ECHPs) where the Leigh Academy Minster is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below: 

  • As a result of admissions for students with Education, Health and Care Plans (ECHPs), the published admissions number will be reduced accordingly. 

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the oversubscription criteria will be applied in the following priority order:

1) Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children a looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school. A previously looked after child means such children who were adopted (or subject to child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after and those children who appear to the admission authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

A child is regarded as having been in state care outside of England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public authority, religious organisation, or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.

2) Children who were registered pupils of Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey during the final term of the 2023/24 school year and children who have been offered a place at the school for September 2024 entry. Within this criterion children will be prioritised for admission in the following order:

  • Siblings who were either registered pupils of the above Oasis Academy during the final term of the 2023/24 school year, or who have been offered a place at the above Oasis Academy for September 2024 entry (and whose parents have accepted that offer).
  • Other children who were either registered pupils of the above Oasis Academy during the final term of the 2023/24 school year, or who have been offered a place at the above Oasis Academy for September 2024 entry (and whose parents have accepted that offer).

3) Students who will have a sibling (a brother or sister) at the Academy on the date of entry.

Note for criteria 2 and 3

For these criteria, sibling or brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters. Children residing in the same households as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings. If siblings from multiple births (twins, triplets etc) apply for the academy and the academy would reach its Published Admissions Number (PAN) after admitting one or more, but before admitting all of those siblings, the academy will offer a place to each of the siblings, even if doing so takes the academy above its PAN.

4) Health and Special Access Reasons – Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the academy’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend the academy. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner, at the point of application, who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and that of the academy.

5) Child of a Staff Member – The son or daughter of a member of staff who has been recruited to fill a vacant post at the academy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. For this criteria son or daughter means a child who lives in the same house as the member of staff, including a natural son or daughter, an adopted child, stepson or daughter, or foster child. Children residing in the same households as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be eligible under this criterion. The academy reserves the right to ask for proof of relationship.

6) Isle of Sheppey residents - The Academy will give priority to those living on the Isle of Sheppey.

7) Nearness of children's homes to school - We use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the Academy, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. These straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the academy with those living closest being given priority. If more than one applicant lives in a multi-occupancy building (e.g. flats) priority will be given to the applicant whose door number is the lowest numerically and/or alphabetically. Where parents live at separate addresses, and have joint custody, the address used will be the one where the child spends the main part of the academy week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive). 

Note for applications eligible under 2–6:

Each application will be ranked using either the address (if an Isle of Sheppey resident) or the proximity of the child’s home to the academy, using the method given in criterion 7. A child's home address is considered to be a residential property that is the child’s only or main permanent residence and not an address at which your child might stay sometimes or sleep due to your own domestic or special arrangements. The address must be the child’s home address on the day you completed your application form and which is either owned by the child’s parent, parents or guardian OR leased to or rented by the child’s parent, parents or guardians under a lease or written rental agreement. 

If you live separately from your partner but share responsibility for your child, and the child lives at two different addresses during the week, we will regard the home address as the one at which the child sleeps for the majority of school nights. School nights are Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive. In a case where the child spends an equal number of school nights at each address, then the address registered for receipt of Child Benefit will be used. Where no Child Benefit is claimed, the address used to register the child with a doctor will be used.


In the unlikely event that two or more children living the same distance away from the Academy and in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the Academy, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given a place. 

Late Applications 

All applications received by Kent County Council after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. 

Operations of Waiting Lists 

Leigh Academy Minster will operate a waiting list for each year group, where in any year the academy receives more applications for places than there are places available. This will be maintained by Leigh Academy Minster and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application. Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added or leaves the waiting list.


The academy uses an independent appeals panel to consider appeals against non-admission. Parents have a right to appeal against refusal of a place in accordance with the School Admissions Appeals Code. Applicants should contact Leigh Academy Minster at info@laminster.org.uk for information on how to appeal. 

Entry to Year 12 

Leigh Academy Minster will publish specific criteria in relation to minimum entrance requirements for the Sixth Form and for the range of courses available based upon GCSE grades or other measures of prior attainment conduct and behaviour. Conduct and behaviour information will be garnered from relevant academic references. These criteria are the same for internal and external applicants. The academic entry criteria will be published in the autumn immediately preceding the year of admissions (that is 2023) for 2024 admissions. The criteria will be included within the academy’s prospectus and details of these will also be available on the academy website. Priority will be given to existing pupils transferring from Year 11 at Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey.  The PAN for external candidates will be 25 but this figure may be exceeded in the event that this and the number of internal pupils transferring into Year 12 from Year 11 is less than the overall figure for the year group that is 250. Oversubscription policy for Year 12 will be the same as for all applicants to all other year groups as stated above. 

General Information 

After a place has been offered the school reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances: 

  • when a parent has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time, or 
  • when a parent has failed to notify the academy of important changes to the application information, or
  • the admission authority offered the place on the basis of fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from the parent. 

The school uses an Independent Appeals panel to consider appeals against non-admission. Details of the arrangements and appeals will be published each year. Parents have a right to appeal against refusal of a place in accordance with the School Admissions Appeals Code. 

Requests for admission outside of the normal age group should be made to the Principal.

Year 7 - 13

Open Morning

Join us at our upcoming Open Morning on Saturday 24th February, 9am-12pm, to learn more about Leigh Academy Minster. New and prospective families will also be able to tour the academy's outstanding facilities. This event is open to all year groups from 7 to 13, with talks from the Principal Designate at 9:00am, 10:00am and 11:00am. We look forward to welcoming you.

Minster Campus:  Minster Road, Minster-on-Sea, Kent, ME12 3JQ

Why choose Leigh Academy Minster

  • A high quality curriculum, taught by subject specialists
  • Calm and disruption-free learning with a zero tolerance approach to bullying
  • A Small School Model with strong pastoral care
  • State-of-the-art facilities, career support, and an extensive extra-curricular programme
  • A Chromebook device for every student to support
    their learning