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How do I apply?

Parents/carers are able to apply online via for their Secondary School places for September 2021 entry. The first-round applications close on Saturday 31 October 2020. If you miss this deadline, you will need to apply for a secondary school place as soon as possible. All parents/carers can visit the Local authority website where you will be able to:-

  • access the Secondary Admissions Booklet
  • find advice on which schools require a SIF and availability to download them
  • access the Parent Portal page where you will be able to log in or create an account to apply for your child’s school place


What time does school start?

The normal QKA school day is from 8.40am to 3:05pm. Due to recent COVID-19 restrictions we are currently implementing an amended school day from 8.40am – 2.45pm. We continue to monitor the pandemic and act upon government advice.


What is the Uniform like?

At Queen Katharine Academy we believe that a uniform teaches students to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance. It also means that students don’t have to worry about peer pressure.  When everyone is dressed the same this reduces distraction, sharpening focus on learning and progress and making the classroom a more serious environment. Our uniform gives students a sense of belonging and creates an identity for the Academy in the community.


Branded uniform that your child will need.

  • Academy Jumper
  • Academy Blazer (optional)
  • Academy Tie
  • Academy Skirt
  • Academy PE Polo Shirt
  • Academy PE Shorts/Leggings/Skorts/Tracksuit Trousers
  • Academy Training Top
  • Academy Sports Sock (or dark sports socks)


Non-branded uniform that your child will need.

  • Plain formal white shirt with a stiff collar (short or long sleeved)
  • Plain black formal loose-fitting school style trousers, full length down to shoes
  • Plain black or white socks or natural coloured tights
  • Plain black smart sensible shoes – No trainers, boots or sandals
  • Plain trainers for PE
  • Plain black Kameez, Hijab, Parka or Turban (if applicable).
  • School bag large enough to fit an A5 school planner and a water bottle in.


Where can I purchase the uniform from?

For branded QKA uniform, you will be able to purchase this from our on-site school shop. Payment is by card only. For more information, please see our uniform page.


What subjects do I study at school?

Here at Queen Katharine Academy we have an extremely diverse cohort, and our curriculum is designed to ensure that all students are able to achieve their full potential.  QKA offers a range of academic and vocational qualifications, thus allowing students a range of opportunities to follow diverse career and educational paths once they leave the Academy.  Our aim is to ensure that students gain the necessary cultural capital to become valuable members of our global community.


We have high expectations based on a clear knowledge and understanding of our students’ needs. We firmly believe in offering a wide range of opportunities for all students and provide appropriate support, stretch and challenge. We offer a variety of subjects alongside our core curriculum such as Art, Humanities, Languages, Dance. Music, Physical Education, Food Technologies, Engineering, Textiles and many more. At Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) alongside our standard curriculum we offer an Accelerated Curriculum to support those students who arrive at the Academy needing additional support.

For more information please visit our curriculum page.


What support is available?

Wellbeing is a top priority at QKA and we understand the pressure of Academy life can sometimes feel over whelming. We encourage students to talk to someone about any  feelings, to help put things into perspective and to help relieve some of those pressures. There are lots of people in school who can help. For more information about Student Wellbeing please click here.


What food is on offer?

Our menus are modern, fresh and exciting and are designed to appeal to students of all ages. We offer a variety of hot foods, sandwiches, rolls, wraps and paninis alongside filled jacket potatoes, assorted snacks and fresh salads. We also offer a meal deal for students which includes a main course, dessert and drink. For more information please visit our catering page.


Is there ParentPay or another online payment system?

We do not use parent pay or an alternative online payment system. Students can load cash onto their account in school and use their ID Cards to pay for food, drink and QKA shop items.