Sporting Academies - The new 6th Form Course at Spires Academy

Posted on: 20/02/2018

Sport at Spires Academy is thriving!

The Sporting Academies continue to develop and experience success. Highlights include:

  • Final 16 in the country for small schools
  • 2 outstanding county players (pictured)
  • Students at Spires represent  high profile clubs - Crystal Palace FC, Gillingham FC, Dover Athletic Football Club, as well as other district sides
  • Three students have represented Kent in golf
  • Two students have qualified for National Finals in gymnastics
  • One member of the Gymnastics Academy has represented Great Britain
  • The Dance Academy students regularly perform at the Marlowe Theatre and have won regional awards in street and disco
  • One student has been awarded a scholarship with the Marlowe Theatre due to her exceptional talent in dance
  • Equestrian Academy recently won an interschool’s Equestrian Trophy for this area


Details of the Programme:

Spires Academy are recruiting players to study the BTEC Sport Extended Diploma (Level 3). Students will get the opportunity to be included in our innovative Sports Academy programme. Successful applicants will  also be given the unique opportunity to gain Coaching Qualifications with Total Sports Coaching and help deliver PE and sport within the local community.


If you would like to study BTEC Sport Extended Diploma (Level 3) but do not wish to participate in the Sporting Academy Programme, we would still be pleased to accept your application.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s A*C (9-4) including English and Mathematics.

You will also have the opportunity to study GCSE English and Mathematics if you were unsuccessful in achieving a Grade 4 in these subjects.


Sporting Pathways

Students can be involved in one of these exciting Sports Academies. All coaching will take place at the clubs listed below whilst the BTEC study will be based at Spires Academy:

  • Golf Academy based at Canterbury Golf Club
  • Equestrian Academy based at Barton Field Farm Equestrian Centre
  • Dance Academy based at Motion Alpha Dance Company
  • Football Academy run by Bromley Football Club
  • Leadership Academy
  • If you specialise in a particular sport which has not been mentioned above, please contact us on the email address below and complete an application form.


Further information

For more information about the two year sports academy programme please visit

All information regarding the sixth form provision can be found on the website.  

To apply: download and complete the application form and e-mail to or apply through UCAS.

Written by Genette Ellcock