Welcome from the Principal                                       

I am delighted to welcome you to Leigh Academy Blackheath: an 11-18 comprehensive secondary school that opened in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in September 2018.  Growing one year group at a time, in September 2022 we will reach full capacity: providing 180 student places in each year group from 7-11, and 250 student places in the sixth form.  

Leigh Academy Blackheath is a place where tradition meets innovation and potential is realised within a nurturing community.  Our purposeful and multidisciplined learning environment creates a climate where students not only acquire knowledge, but also master the essential problem solving and critical skills needed to succeed and lead in the 21st century.  Our community is collaborative and, together, we ensure our students develop into powerful citizens for a digital future.

We believe in building strong partnerships with parents and carers, working closely together to ensure all learners succeed. We pride ourselves on the positive working relationships we form at Leigh Academy Blackheath, not only between students and teachers but also between the academy and home.

‘The leadership and staff at Leigh Academy Blackheath are very supportive and caring’                                                              Founding parent

Our values of Respect, Integrity, Ambition, Scholarship and Resilience permeate everything we do and our small school, human-scale education model, delivered through a college structure, ensures the educational experience for every student is personalised.

‘Our son has adjusted well at Leigh Academy Blackheath, we can see his confidence grow everyday’                                                    Founding parent

Being part of a college family helps our students to understand the value of community and their place within it. Our inclusion team works across the academy: providing support for the individual needs of all our students. They engage with a range of external agencies to ensure that all students receive the right support to effectively prepare for adulthood and make good progress, both academically and pastorally.

‘There is an underlying reassurance at Leigh Academy Blackheath that our son will have a wonderful education’                                              Founding parent

I feel very privileged to have been appointed Principal and to have the opportunity to lead what will be a unique and inspirational place of learning within my own community.  Having lived in Blackheath for nearly 20 years, and raising my own family here, I am truly passionate about building a school which meets the needs of our community.

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Emma Smith


Our Vision & Values


We believe that every learner is entitled to an enriching, varied and personalised education; delivered through a broad and balanced curriculum that provides challenge, irrespective of need, starting point or background.  Our commitment to maximising the potential of every child; teaching them the skills they need to be successful and nurturing a desire to be a lifelong learner, will prepare them for whichever career path they choose to follow.  At Leigh Academy Blackheath we inspire our learners to go beyond what they are taught and seek what they do not yet know.

Our strong learning community works together and shares the value of collaboration; every member of our academy family works together to achieve success cultivating a strong sense of belonging.  Our belief in ‘human scale’ education, delivered through a schools within schools model, means every one of our students is known and valued.  Strong pastoral care is at the heart of our academy and we place great importance on building strong partnerships with parents and carers.

Digital technology is the future.  No matter what career our students pursue they will need to perform, succeed and lead with digital confidence and expertise.  LAB will create and deliver a curriculum and approach to teaching and learning which ensures our students develop into powerful digital citizens on both a national and a global scale.

Our inclusive community has ambition and drive.  We embrace challenge and collaboration.  At Leigh Academy Blackheath we are a family and together we cultivate a culture of belonging.

Leigh Academies Trust

Leigh Academies Trust is a non-profit making charitable company limited by guarantee, based in Dartford, Kent. The Trust exists to support and assist schools to build upon their existing strengths and to help them achieve rapid educational transformation. It has significant experience in running schools, and today includes both sponsored academies and schools which have chosen to convert to Academy status.

The Trust was formed in 2008 with the linking of the Leigh Technology Academy and Longfield Academy under one governing body. It encompasses 11,000 students between the ages of 2 and 19 in sixteen primary, secondary and special academies.

Click here visit the Leigh Academies Trust website.


Year 7 Admissions 2018/19

Leigh Academy Blackheath has an agreed published admission number of 180 for entry into Year 7 for the year 2018/19.

Click here for Leigh Academy Blackheath Admission Policy and procedure for 2018/19.

Process of Application

To apply for a place at Leigh Academy Blackheath, an applicant must apply through the local education authority and name the school as one of their choices. A supplementary form must also be completed and returned directly to the academy by the closing date of 31st October 2017. Supplementary forms can be obtained from and should be returned to: Leigh Academy Blackheath, c/o Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, 145 Bexley Road, Eltham. SE9 2PT.

Fair Banding Test

For 2018/19 admissions, all Year 6 primary students who name Leigh Academy Blackheath in their list of preferences are required to sit a fair banding test.  This is to ensure that children across the full ability range are admitted.  It is not possible to pass or fail the test, but those not sitting the test at all, will only be prioritised after those children who have sat the test.

The applicants will be split into 5 equally sized bands based on their assessment results.  Within each band our admission criteria will be applied as set out in our determined admission arrangements.

Parents and Carers should register their child for the test by sending the supplementary form, to be received by the Academy by 31st October 2017.

Leigh Academy Blackheath Supplementary Form 2018
Fair Banding Tests will be held at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy on Saturday 25 November 2017 and Tuesday 28 November 2017.  Parents and Carers will be notified of the date/time of their child’s test via email or phone.

Key dates for the admissions process 2018-2019

Closing Date for SCAF and Leigh Academy Blackheath Supplementary Form: 31 October 2017

Fair banding Test:
Saturday 25 November and Tuesday 28 November

National Offer Day:
Thursday 1 March

To view the Royal Borough of Greenwich Admission Policy please visit http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions



Greenwich Contact Centre: 020 8291 8043.

Parents wishing to apply for a place in Leigh Academy Blackheath from outside the Royal Borough of Greenwich should apply to their own Local Authority.


Parents/Carers of the children who are not offered an Academy place have the right to appeal to an independent Appeal Committee under the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act.

Parents wishing to appeal can download a form below; request a copy via telephone: 020 8850 7678 (stating clearly Leigh Academy Blackheath Appeal form); or email info@leighacademyblackheath.org.uk