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JMA is open to students of all abilities from across the area covered by Reading Borough Council. Each year we are able to take 180 pupils into Year 7. When we receive more than 180 applications we give first priority to looked-after children (children in foster care or the care of the local authority). As sport is our primary specialism, we admit up to 10% of pupils based on their sporting aptitude.


Of course some students also join us after the start of Year 7, including during the academic year. We welcome applications at any time.

If you are interested in a place at John Madejski Academy for your son/daughter, please contact Reading Borough Council directly using the link below:

Reading School Admissions

Please click on the following link for the Academy’s Admissions Policy.

Admissions Policy

If you have applied for a place at the Academy and have not been offered a place then you have a right of appeal against the decision. We follow the Appeals Procedure and timetable set out by Reading Borough Council. Their appeals procedure can be accessed via the following link:

Reading School Appeals

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Boys looking for trophy haul The football performance squad have it all to play for still as they head into May with 3 trophies in their sights. The first team currently sit top of the National Football Youth League and in National Cup Final after a strong run of form seeing them win no less than 20 games on the bounce in the league and cup. They sit 13 points clear of Crystal Palace, who have 4 games in hand but know that if they win against their rivals they cannot be caught. It is also Crystal Palace who stand in their way in the cup final which is scheduled to be played at Premier League ground Selhurst Park on 23rd May. Dev Squad look to retain Walsh Cup Despite both the reserve side and the development squad finishing 2nd in their leagues, there is still another trophy to play for as the Dev Squad take on Forest School in the Walsh Cup Final in May. They will be looking to retain the title after winning last year’s final on penalties. Upcoming Fixtures: Friday 4th May – AFC Bournemouth v JMA Reading (NFYL) Wednesday 23rd May – Crystal Palace v JMA Reading (NFYL Cup Final) Selhurt Park Premier League - Contract U16 GK Cameron has been offered a 2 year scholarship at Premier League side AFC Bournemouth after a short trial. Cameron came to us through our partner club Eldon Celtic JMA U16’s and has played in a number of games for our U16 side this season also earning trials with League 2 side Swindon Town and League One side Oxford United. Director of Football, Michael Butcher said “We are so pleased for him. He is a great lad with a mature head on his shoulders. It was quite obvious from early on that he would not be with us next season as his work ethic and ability were clear to see.” Cam joins quite a successful list of goalkeepers to move on from the football performance programme which includes Jamie N who played in the Conference for Farnborough, Jack S and Manny A who are both pro at Oxford United.

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