Kempston Challenger Academy | Admissions
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Kempston Challenger Academy is an 11-19 mixed comprehensive school, the only secondary school for this age group in the town of Kempston. The academy is sponsored by The Challenger Multi Academy Trust (CMAT) whose mission is to create a federation of outstanding schools where every young person has the opportunity to participate in engaging and active learning experiences and achieve excellent education outcomes in an inclusive and high performing school system.

CMAT academies will be places of educational excellence.  We want to do what is best for all of our pupils, teachers, staff and parents.  Our aim is to see them achieve their full potential within a framework of challenge and support with strong governance and teaching excellence.

The main principle of admission to Kempston Challenger Academy is to maintain the character of the school as a comprehensive school, providing for the needs of young persons within the 11-19 age range, who live in Kempston (urban and rural), Bedford and surrounding areas. There is no guarantee of a place for pupils living close to the school, but we aspire to be the school of choice for all Kempston residents. Places are allocated through the normal application procedure.

Find below the proposed admission arrangements for Kempston Challenger Academy for September 2020-2021.

The six-week consultation will take place between 7th December 2018 to 18th January 2019. 

The Governing Body of Kempston Challenger Academy will consider all responses regarding the proposed admission arrangements before determining the final arrangements for 2020 by 28th February 2019. 

You can comment on the proposed Admission Arrangements by writing to:

Mrs J Carr, Kempston Challenger Academy, Hill Rise, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7EB.  email:

Kempston Challenger Academies Admissions Criteria for 2020


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Kempston Challenger Academies Admissions Criteria for 2019