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Prospectus & Admissions

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Our Prospectus

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How to apply

In Year Casual Admissions

All in year admissions enquiries 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 below, or from the main reception of the Academy. These forms once completed can either be sent via Royal Mail, scanned and sent electronically to admissions@thevictoryacademy.org.uk or delivered in person to the main reception, which is manned from 8am to 4.30pm during term time, from 8am to 4pm during school holidays.

TSAT In Year Admission Application Form

September Admissions:

Applications are invited for Admission into Year 7 at the Academy in September each year.

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 and knowledge and qualifications they will need to progress onto further education and fulfilling, rewarding careers.

The Victory Academy is a mixed Comprehensive School for 11-19 year old students of all ability ranges, where everyone works and learns within its caring and supportive values.

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Admission Policy

Places are offered according to our Admissions Policy.

There are many key features of The Victory Academy, which may benefit your child particularly. View the other pages of this website to find out more about the work of the Academy, then come to meet us in person. To make an appointment, please ring or email us at admissions@thevictoryacademy.org.uk.

Amendment to year group capacity: In agreement with the Local Authority we have amended our capacity for certain year groups. Please see link: Victory Academy Local Agreement Letter

Admissions Policy 2020/2021

Admissions Policy 2021/2022

Admissions Policy 2022/2023

TSAT In Year Admission Application Form

Please email all application forms to admissions@thevictoryacademy.org.uk

 

2021 – 2022 Admissions, Appeals & Fair-Banding Test

Key Dates:

Open Evening: 7th October 2021 – Time: 5pm to 8pm

Open Morning Tours:

We will be holding morning tours, by appointment only, at 10am on the following dates.  Please register by clicking here or emailing admissions@thevictoryacademy.org.uk

  • Tuesday 12th October 2021
  • Wednesday 13th October 2021
  • Thursday 14th October 2021
  • Tuesday 19th October 2021
  • Wednesday 20th October 2021
  • Thursday 21st October 2021

Please note that dates are subject to change or cancellation due to Covid regulations.  Please check website for updates.

Fair Banding at The Victory Academy

All students wishing to apply for a place at The Victory Academy will be required to take a Fair Banding Test which is prescribed by GL Assessment.

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 The Victory Academy down on their preference form either first, second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth choice will need to take the Fair Banding Test, which will determine what banding group their child should be placed in for admission purposes.

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.

At Victory Academy we operate a ‘Fair Banding’ admissions process to ensure we have a balanced proportion of students from across the whole ability range – a comprehensive intake. Students who wish to apply for a place at Victory Academy must take a Fair Banding test to be considered for admission to the Academy and this will be required if their parents/carers intend to put Victory Academy on the common admissions form. This test is usually a cognitive ability test(s) – it is not a pass or fail test. Students are asked to take it and their scores on the test are then used to place them in an ability band. Students taking the test are placed in one of five ability bands representative of the national ability range. Please see the table below for information regarding the number of student places in each ability band.

These banding arrangements are an effective practice in schools providing fair oversubscription criteria, provided arrangements are fair, objective and not used as a means of unlawfully admitting a disproportionate number of high ability children.

If places in a band are not filled or become vacant, for example, because parents/carers accept offers of places at other schools, and no applicants in those bands remain without a place, they must be evenly filled by children falling into the next nearest bands (i.e. the bands on either side, or below or above, if the first child is from the band above then the next must be from the one below). This allocation is carried out randomly by the Local Authority.

Banding Children in Care or Children with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) or Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs.

Children in Care, with an EHCP or with a Statement of Special Educational Needs, who apply in the normal admissions round, must be included in any banding arrangements and given top priority within each band.

 

Band1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Total
% of students in each ability band 10% 20% 40% 20% 10% 100%
Number of student places available in each ability band 24 Places 48 Places 96 Places 48 Places 24 Places 240

 

Fair Banding Testing for September 2022 admissions will be held on:

Saturday, 18th September 2021 – deadline for registering 2nd September 2021

Saturday, 30th October 2021 – deadline for registering 14th October 2021

We have now included 2 after school dates:

Tuesday, 28th September 2021 – deadline for registering 2nd September 2021

Tuesday, 19th October 2021 – deadline for registering 3rd October 2021

To register for the Fair Banding Test please click on the following link or complete the registration form available to download below. Children will not be able to sit the test unless they are registered by the deadline. Please return the form to: Miss Reeve The Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham Kent ME4 5JB or email to admissions@thevictoryacademy.org.uk

Fairbanding Parent

Fairbanding test Flyer

Request for Fair Banding

 

2021 Appeals Information

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2021 you can appeal between 1st March -28 March 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 14 June 2021.   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 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.

Appeal Form

FAQs – School Appeals

Secondary Scheme

Admissions Policy 2020-2021

Waiting List

All parents who have been refused a place at the school will have the option to indicate their wish to remain on the waiting list.

Children will be held on the waiting list by order of the criteria in the Admissions Policy. No account can be taken of the length of time a pupil is on the list. A pupil’s position can change on the list as new applicants join or other applicants come off the waiting list.

Medway Council will be responsible for holding a waiting list for parents who request their child’s name be added until 31 December.

Notwithstanding a child’s place on the waiting list, if the local fair access protocol identifies the academy as offering a suitable place for a child, i.e. one who falls within the scope of the protocol, then he or she will be offered a place.