The Corby Technical School: Admission Information

​The Corby Technical School, Cottingham Road, Corby, Northants, NN17 1TD

Oversubscription criteria: September 2018 entry

Children who have a statement of special educational needs or EHC Plan which names Corby Technical School as the appropriate provision will be admitted. The following oversubscription criterion applies to all other students:

All applicants will take a suitable cognitive ability test which will be an NFER non-verbal reasoning test. This test is used to ensure that the Corby Technical School admits an intake that is representative of the national ability range and is comprehensive in its intake. This is not a tool to give priority to more able students.

Applicants will be invited to attend for approximately two hours on Saturday, 9th December 2017. Any applicants who do not sit the cognitive ability test will only be considered for a place at Corby Technical School once allocations have been made to all those who did.

The following process will occur:

  • All applicants taking the test will be placed in one of nine stanines based on the results of the test. A number of places will be allocated from each stanine in a proportion that reflects the national ability range. This number will be determined within the testing process administered by GL Assessment and will not be decided by Corby Technical School itself.
  • The following criteria will be applied in priority order to determine those children who will be offered places:
  1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children.
  2. Children of staff who have been employed at the named school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the named school is made, and/or staff recruited to fill vacant posts for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage (demonstrable skill shortage will only normally apply to qualified teacher positions, where the school has continually been unable to recruit).
  3. The Corby Technical School is situated close to the centre of Corby and is intended primarily to serve the 'Corby' area, which means the town of Corby and the associated villages for Corby secondary schools, currently listed as: Brigstock, Cottingham, East Carlton, Great Oakley, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion, Lyveden, Middleton, Rockingham, Stanion and Weldon.
  4. Children with a sibling link (see below for definition).
  5. Other children based on the distance between home and school measured on a straight line basis from the home address point to the address point of the school.

Distance tiebreaker

If, in categories 1 to 5 above, a tiebreak is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child whose permanent address is closest to the school will be given priority for admission. Distance is measured from the child’s home to the address point of the school in a straight line. In the event of a tiebreak (as outlined above), if the distance between a child’s home and the school is equidistant in any two or more cases random allocation will be carried out by the school to determine who has highest priority for admission.
www.randomizer.org is the website we will use to determine the randomisation process.

Students who did not take the ability test will only be considered if there are places remaining once empty places have been offered to all those who did.

Admissions timetable
All applications for a place at Corby Technical School must be made through the Local Authority Common Preference Form.

If the school is oversubscribed, parents will receive a letter during the autumn term inviting their child to attend a cognitive ability testing session. The letter will give the time and location for the test. The testing process will last approximately an hour. Full details of the testing process will be made available on Corby Technical School’s website in the early autumn.

Sibling link
A sibling link will arise where one of the conditions in each of A and B are satisfied.

Condition A

  • A brother or sister living at the same address, who shares the same parents.
  • A half-brother or half-sister living at the same address, where two children share one common parent.
  • A step brother or step sister living at the same address, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage.
  • Adopted or fostered children living in the same household.

Condition B
For the sibling link to apply, one of the siblings must be a registered pupil at the named Academy at the time of application and is expected to remain on roll at the point of admission.

Additional sibling link information
Although the definition of 'sibling' does not specify whether the sibling should be younger or older, it should be noted that for admissions to the primary or secondary phases of education, the sibling link will only be valid where the older sibling is on roll at the academy at the time of application and is expected to be still on roll at the time of admission. For post-16 applicants only, the sibling link can arise where there is an older or younger sibling at the named Academy at the point of application and expected to be on roll at the point of admission.

Oversubscription criteria: 2017 to 2018 (in-year applications)

Children who have a statement of special educational needs or EHC Plan which names Corby Technical School as the appropriate provision will be admitted. The following oversubscription criterion applies to all other students:

All applicants will take a suitable cognitive ability test which will be an NFER non-verbal reasoning test. This test is used to ensure that the Corby Technical School admits an intake that is representative of the national ability range and is comprehensive in its intake. This is not a tool to give priority to more able students.

Applicants will be invited to attend for approximately two hours on Saturday, 10th December 2016. Any applicants who do not sit the cognitive ability test will only be considered for a place at Corby Technical School once allocations have been made to all those who did.

The following process will occur:

  • All applicants taking the test will be placed in one of nine stanines based on the results of the test. A number of places will be allocated from each stanine in a proportion that reflects the national ability range. This number will be determined within the testing process administered by GL Assessment and will not be decided by Corby Technical School itself.
  • The following criteria will be applied in priority order to determine those children who will be offered places:
  1. Looked after Children (LAC, CLA) and all previously looked after children
  2. Children of staff who have been employed at the named school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the named school is made, and/or staff recruited to fill vacant posts for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage (demonstrable skill shortage will only normally apply to qualified teacher positions, where the school has continually been unable to recruit).
  3. Children who live in Corby and the named linked villages The Corby Technical School is situated close to the centre of Corby and is intended primarily to serve the 'Corby' area which means the town of Corby and the associated villages for Corby secondary schools, currently listed as: Brigstock, Cottingham, East Carlton, Great Oakley, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion, Lyveden, Middleton, Rockingham, Stanion and Weldon.
  4. Children with a sibling link.
  5. Other children based on the distance between home and school measured on a straight line basis from the home address point to the address point of the school.

Distance tiebreaker

If, in categories 1 to 5 above, a tiebreak is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child whose permanent address is closest to the school will be given priority for admission. Distance is measured from the child’s home to the address point of the school in a straight line. In the event of a tiebreak (as outlined above), if the distance between a child’s home and the school is equidistant in any two or more cases random allocation will be carried out by the school to determine who has highest priority for admission.

www.randomizer.org is the website we will use to determine the randomisation process.

Students who did not take the ability test will only be considered if there are places remaining once empty places have been offered to all those who did.

Sibling link

A sibling link will arise where one of the conditions in each of A and B are satisfied.

Condition A

  • A brother or sister living at the same address, who shares the same parents.
  • A half-brother or half-sister living at the same address, where two children share one common parent.
  • A step brother or step sister living at the same address, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage.
  • Adopted or fostered children living in the same household.

Condition B

For the sibling link to apply, one of the siblings must be a registered pupil at the named Academy at the time of application and is expected to remain on roll at the point of admission.

Additional sibling link information

Although the definition of 'sibling' does not specify whether the sibling should be younger or older, it should be noted that for admissions to the primary or secondary phases of education, the sibling link will only be valid where the older sibling is on roll at the academy at the time of application and is expected to be still on roll at the time of admission. For post-16 applicants only, the sibling link can arise where there is an older or younger sibling at the named Academy at the point of application and expected to be on roll at the point of admission.

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