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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


When do I hear what Secondary Place I have been given?

Offers come out on March 1st via Peterborough County Council. You will have to log into your online account to see your Secondary School Offer. You will need to confirm your place. Further offer rounds come out around every 4 weeks.


What time does school start?

The normal QKA school day is from 8.40am – 2.45pm. You will have 6 lessons during the day, lunch time and tutor time at the end of the day. We enter through our year group bubble zones between 8:15-8:40.


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 which can be purchased from our Academy Shop:

  • Academy Jumper
  • 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 and top button (short or long sleeved)
  • Plain black formal loose-fitting school style trousers, full length down to shoes
  • Plain black blazer (optional)
  • Plain black or white socks or natural coloured tights
  • Plain black smart sensible shoes – no trainers, boots or sandals
  • Trainers for PE
  • Plain black Kameez, Hijab, Parka or Turban (if applicable)
  • School bag large enough to fit an A5 school planner, a water bottle, their pencil case and anything else they may need


Students in QKA uniform


Where can I purchase the uniform?

Branded Queen Katharine Academy Uniform can be purchased from Chroma Sports, Bretton. For more information, please see our uniform page. Other items of uniform can be purchased at a shop of your choice. Our latest uniform policy will always be accessible on our website.


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 all students aspire for educational excellence and 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 Dance, Music, Drama, Art, Humanities, Languages, Physical Education, Food Technology, Engineering, Textiles and many more. At Key Stages 3 and 4 (Years 7-11) 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 about their feelings, to help put things into perspective and to 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, they are designed to appeal to students of all ages. We offer a variety of hot food, 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?

Students can load cash onto their account in school and use their ID Cards to pay for food, drink.