Academy Open Days to be virtual events

by Vashti Turner  on September 10, 2020  in  Academy News Admissions

Kensington Aldridge Academy is recognised as one of the top academies in the UK. In 2017, Ofsted graded the school not only “outstanding” in all areas but “exceptional” and in 2018 we were awarded TES Secondary School of the Year. You can read our full Ofsted report here. Our Sixth Form is also outstanding. Typically half of all Year 13 leavers progress to Russell Group Universities, with a small number to Oxbridge each year. Any current Year 11 students interest in applying for KAA6 should visit our Sixth Form pages.

Virtual Open Evening Registration

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safety measures in place at the academy, we will not be able to offer the previously advertised academy tours and open evening this autumn for September 2021 admissions to Year 7 and Sixth Form. Instead, we will provide a virtual tour and presentation from the Principal on our academy open days page.

If you register below to receive a notification when the virtual tour is available for either the Year 6 or Sixth Form open evening, we will email you the prospectus and virtual open evening video on the dates below.  Alternatively, you can visit our website on these dates to watch the open evening video.

  • Year 6 Open Evening – prerecorded presentation available on the academy website on Wednesday 23rd September 2020
  • Sixth Form Open Evening – prerecorded presentation available on the academy website on Thursday 15th October 2020

Secondary Transfer applications to KAA

The Academy is non-selective and follows the standard admissions policy within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This means that places are allocated according to proximity to the Academy and there is no selection on the grounds of ability or religion. The Admissions number (the maximum allowed in each year) for the Academy is 180. Where the number of applications for admission is greater than this, applications will be considered against the criteria set out on the Royal Borough’s website.

Applications are made through the Royal Borough, and online applications should be completed through this site: If you are applying from Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent, or Westminster please go through your home borough.

The closing date for applications to RBKC secondary schools for September 2021 entry is 31 October 2020. National offer day is 1st March 2021.

Performing Arts Aptitude Places

KAA is a Performing & Creative Arts (PCA) specialist academy. We admit up to 18 students (10%) of our annual Year 7 intake to pupils who are able to demonstrate an aptitude in Performing and Creative Arts through an aptitude test.

As a performing and creative arts specialist academy we are committed to excellence in art, music, drama, dance and design technology. This means excellent facilities and – most importantly – excellent teaching within these subjects. Students at KAA also benefit from subsidised instrumental lessons and a range of theatre, concert trips and professional workshops. We believe performing and creative arts provide essential cultural knowledge to our students and develop a wide range of talents, helping them become confident, expressive communicators.

To apply for a PCA aptitude place you must:

·        Fill in the KAA Supplementary Information Form 2021-22 to register your child for the aptitude test
·        Apply as normal through your borough of residence ensuring that you name KAA on your list of school preferences

The supplementary information form should be completed and returned to Registrar, Kensington Aldridge Academy, 1 Silchester Road, London, W10 6EX no later than Friday 2nd October 2020 at 9am. Tests will take place on Saturday 10th October 2020.

Further information about the performing arts aptitude admissions will be available during open mornings and evenings, or by visiting our Performing & Creative Arts Aptitude Admissions page.

KAA Sixth Form Applications

Applications to Sixth Form should be made on our website here from October 2020. The application form will go live when our virtual open evening is published. The deadline for applications to KAA Sixth Form is 1st December 2020.


Sixth Form Curriculum

Students must choose one subject from each option block in the table below. On the application form, students will be given the chance to express additional preferences; if there is sufficient demand, the option blocks can be changed when the timetable is constructed.

Block ABlock BBlock CBlock D
English LiteratureChemistryEnglish LiteratureEnglish Literature
ChemistryBiologyChemistryFurther Maths
Physics HistoryBiologyBiology
PsychologyReligious Education PsychologyPhysics
HistoryComputer ScienceReligious Education Psychology
GeographyGovernment & PoliticsComputer ScienceGeography
SpanishFine Art Physical Education Dance
DramaGerman MusicFrench
Product DesignEconomicsProduct Design
Government & Politics


General Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for KAA Sixth Form are 8 GCSE grades at grade 5 or above (including both English and Maths), with a 6 or above in the subject to be studied (or closest equivalent). In unreformed subjects, where the old A*-E grading system is still in place, a C grade counts in the 8 overall grades required, with a B to study the subject.


Subject Specific Requirements

• English & humanities subjects: Grade 6 or above in English (Lit and / or Lang).

• Humanities subjects: grade 6 or above in English language.

• Maths: grade 7 or above in Maths.

• Further Maths: grade 8 or above in Maths.

• Science: triple award: grade 7 or above in the science to be studied; dual award (Combined Science) grade 7-7 or above.

• Psychology: grade 6 or above in a science, plus grade 6 or above in English language.

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