Silverstone UTC: admissions information

​Silverstone UTC, Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8TL

All applicants will need to complete the UTC’s online application form so that we know what specialism is being applied for.

Applications must be made directly to the UTC. The local authority (Northamptonshire County Council) no longer coordinates admissions to Silverstone UTC.

Please note deadline dates for applications below.

Year 10 admission number

The UTC has capacity for 138 pupils in year 10. This figure is split between Silverstone UTC’s two specialisms of High Performance Engineering and Business & Technical Events Management.

  • High Performance Engineering PAN (Published Admission Number) is 110
  • Business & Technical Events Management PAN is 28

Applicants should state on their application whether their preference is to follow High Performance Engineering or Business & Technical Events Management (or either, stating which their highest preference is).
Places will be allocated up to the admission number in each specialism in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

All applicants will need to complete the UTC’s online application form so that we know what specialism is being applied for. Applications must be made directly to the UTC. The Local Authority no longer coordinates admissions to Silverstone UTC.

Children of staff

We recognise that being able to work at the same school where one’s children study increases the pool from which staff applicants can be drawn, and we want to attract the best staff in order to continuously improve standards. For this reason, where an applicant’s parent, guardian or carer is employed by Silverstone UTC (either full- or part-time) at the time of application preference to that child will take preference over other children provided that the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application to the school is made and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Siblings

We recognise that it is convenient for parents, guardians and carers to have their children at one school. Therefore we give siblings preference in the admissions process.

A sibling is defined as a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the same household. This is taken to include a step-brother/sister, half-brother/sister, or child who is adopted or fostered, in all cases providing they are living at the same address. Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not considered siblings. The older sibling must be continuing at the UTC at the time of admission of the younger sibling.

In the case of over-subscription, therefore, preference will be given to applicants who have a sibling already studying at Silverstone UTC. The sibling preference policy is dependent on available space and does not guarantee admission for each sibling. If there is oversubscription of siblings, places will be allocated by random selection.

Arrangements for admitting students to other year groups, including replacing any students who have left Silverstone UTC

Given the specialist nature of our curriculum and that all students are heavily engaged in either GCSE or Level 3 study, with a significant amount of coursework throughout, transfer into the UTC at any other point than our standard admission years is highly likely to result in poorer performance in terms of average grades achieved.

Additionally, in order to deliver value for money to the taxpayer, class sizes are continuously reviewed and consolidated if possible to ensure workshop health and safety is not compromised. Consequently, any such applications will be considered on a case by case basis, looking at the financial and the H&S implications after consultation with parents.

Parents whose application is turned down shall be entitled to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Please note that due to the nature of the specialism qualifications and how they are taught, it is advisable to contact us so that you can understand the implications prior to making an application.

Oversubscription admission criteria

Procedures where the Silverstone UTC Academy is oversubscribed

  1. Where the Silverstone UTC Academy receives more applications than places available, the following oversubscription criteria will apply after the admission of pupils who have a statement of special education needs that names the school as appropriate provision. The oversubscription criteria will be applied in the order as below:
  • Children in public care (looked after children) and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  • Children of staff who are employed by Silverstone UTC (either full- or part-time) provided that the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application to the school is made and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  • Siblings of existing students at Silverstone UTC. A sibling is defined as a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the same household. This is taken to include a step-brother/sister, half-brother/sister, or child who is adopted or fostered, in all cases providing they are living at the same address. Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not considered siblings. The older sibling must be continuing at the UTC at the time of admission of the younger sibling.
  • Remaining places will be allocated by random allocation (independently verified) within each of the following ‘zones’ as follows:
    1. 40% of places will be allocated whereby priority is given to applicants whose home address is in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.
    2. 15% of places will be allocated whereby priority is given to applicants whose home address is in Milton Keynes.
    3. 15% of places will be allocated whereby priority is given to applicants whose home address is in Central Bedfordshire.
    4. 15% of places will be allocated whereby priority is given to applicants whose home address is in Oxfordshire.
    5. 15% of places will be allocated whereby priority is given to applicants whose home address is outside of the other zones.
  1. If places remain available from any of the five zones these will be redistributed to those applicants from zones that are oversubscribed using random allocation.
  2. In the case where Northamptonshire or Buckinghamshire is one of the oversubscribed zones a weighting of places will be applied before random allocation occurs. This will be two places for the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire zone to one place across all of the other oversubscribed zones, unless no other zones are oversubscribed in which case the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire zone will be allocated all remaining places. Random allocation of places will then take place for the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire zone and separately across all of the other zones as a whole.
  3. 'Home address' is defined as the home address as registered with the Doctor.
  4. The Academy will operate a waiting list. Where in any year Silverstone UTC receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the first half-term (in October). This will be maintained by Silverstone UTC and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.
  5. Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out in paragraph 6a – b. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
  6. There will be a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel for internal pupils refused transfer and external applicants refused admission. Those wishing to appeal will need to write to the Clerk of the Board of Silverstone UTC at Silverstone UTC, Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8TL.

Year 10 applications

Deadline for applying in the 1st allocation round 1 November 2017 - Submit your electronic application by this date.
Offers made 1 December 2017 - Offer letters emailed to parents. We will assume you have accepted the allocated place unless you let us know otherwise.
2nd allocation round closes 1 April 2018 - Submit your electronic application by this date. Offers will be made within 1 month.
3rd allocation round closes 1 May 2018 - Submit your electronic application by this date. Offers will be made within 1 month.
4th allocation round closes 1 June 2018 - Submit your electronic application by this date. Offers will be made within 1 month.
5th allocation round closes 1 July 2018 - Submit your electronic application by this date. Offers will be made within 1 month.
Final allocation round closes (end of academic year) - Applications received after 1 July will be dealt with as promptly as possible in batches of no less than 2 weeks up to the start of the next academic year. 

Admission information 2017

Year 10 admission number

The UTC has capacity for 138 pupils in year 10. This figure will be split between Silverstone UTC’s two specialisms: High Performance Engineering and Business & Technical Events Management. High Performance Engineering PAN (Published Admission Number) is 110 Business & Technical Events Management PAN is 28

Applicants should state on their application whether their preference is to follow High Performance Engineering or Business & Technical Events Management (or either, stating which their highest preference is). Places will be allocated up to the admission number in each specialism in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

All applicants will need to complete a supplemental form so that Silverstone UTC knows what specialism is being applied for. Silverstone UTC will not be able to process your application without this information. This form is available on the UTC website and also on Northamptonshire County Council’s admissions portal.

Children of staff

Where an applicant’s parent, guardian or carer is employed by Silverstone UTC (either full- or part-time) at the time of application preference to that child will take preference over other children provided that the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application to the school is made and/ or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Siblings

We recognise that it is convenient for parents, guardians and carers to have their children at one school. Therefore we give siblings preference in the admissions process.

A sibling is defined as a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the same household. This is taken to include a step-brother/sister, half-brother/sister, or child who is adopted or fostered, in all cases providing they are living at the same address. Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not considered siblings. The older sibling must be continuing at the UTC at the time of admission of the younger sibling.

In the case of over-subscription, therefore, preference will be given to applicants who have a sibling already studying at Silverstone UTC. The sibling preference policy is dependent on available space and does not guarantee admission for each sibling. If there is oversubscription of siblings, places will be allocated by random selection.

Arrangements for admitting students to other year groups, including replacing any students who have left Silverstone UTC

Subject to any provisions in the LA’s coordinated admission arrangements relating to applications submitted for years other than the normal year of entry, Silverstone UTC will consider all such applications and if the year group applied for has a place available, admit the child. If more applications are received than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria shall apply.

Parents whose application is turned down shall be entitled to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Please note that due to the nature of the specialism qualifications and how they are taught, it is advisable to contact us so that you can understand the implications prior to making an application.

Procedures where the Silverstone UTC Academy is oversubscribed (14 to 16 provision)

  1. Where the Silverstone UTC Academy receives more applications than places available, the following oversubscription criteria will apply after the admission of pupils who have a statement of special education needs that names the school as appropriate provision. The oversubscription criteria will be applied in the order as below:
    1. Children in public care (looked after children) and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
    2. Children of staff who are employed by Silverstone UTC (either full- or part-time) provided that the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application to the school is made and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
    3. Siblings of existing students at Silverstone UTC. A sibling is defined as a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the same household. This is taken to include a step-brother/sister, half-brother/sister, or child who is adopted or fostered, in all cases providing they are living at the same address. Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not considered siblings. The older sibling must be continuing at the UTC at the time of admission of the younger sibling.
    4. Remaining places will be allocated by random allocation (independently verified) within each of the following ‘zones’ as follows:  
      1. 40% of places will be allocated whereby priority is given to applicants whose home address is in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.
      2. 15% of places will be allocated whereby priority is given to applicants whose home address is in Milton Keynes.
      3. 15% of places will be allocated whereby priority is given to applicants whose home address is in Central Bedfordshire.
      4. 15% of places will be allocated whereby priority is given to applicants whose home address is in Oxfordshire.
      5. 15% of places will be allocated whereby priority is given to applicants whose home address is outside of the other zones. 
    5. If places remain available from any of the five zones these will be redistributed to those applicants from zones that are oversubscribed using random allocation. 
    6. In the case where Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire is one of the oversubscribed zones a weighting of places will be applied before random allocation occurs. This will be two places for the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire zone to one place across all of the other oversubscribed zones, unless no other zones are oversubscribed in which case the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire zone will be allocated all remaining places. Random allocation of places will then take place for the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire zone and separately across all of the other zones as a whole.
    7. 'Home address' is defined as the home address as registered with the Doctor.

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