Northampton School for Boys: admissions information

​Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5RT

Oversubscription criteria: September 2017 entry

ALL students, including those applying for an aptitude place, who seek a place at the school under ANY of the above criteria MUST complete an NSB Supplementary Information Form and submit it to the school by 5.00 pm on Monday 31st October 2016, AS WELL AS submitting the Local Authority Application Form to the Local Authority by 5.00 pm on Monday 31st October 2016.

ALL applicants will be required to attend on the morning of Saturday 26th November 2016 in order to sit an ability test, the results of which will be used to both operate the banding system fairly and to provide valuable management information used for setting purposes. For details of the operation of the banding system see Appendix C of the school’s Admissions Policy.

Students who wish to have the opportunity of gaining a place under the Aptitude criterion MUST return their Aptitude Application (card issued by the school following 31st October 2016 deadline) to the school by Friday 18th November 2016.

Oversubscription admission criteria

Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care Plan will be allocated a place at the school where the school – after consultation with the Local Authority – has been named on the statement/plan as appropriate provision.

If oversubscribed, the criteria for allocation of remaining places are – in priority order:

  1. All Looked After Children (LAC) and Previously Looked After Children (PLAC).
  2. Aptitude – 10% of places are awarded to boys with a demonstrated particular aptitude for Music and/or Technology, approximately half in each specialism. (For full description please refer to the school’s Admissions Policy.) 
  3. Sibling Link – where an elder brother/sister are on roll at the time of application and will still be on roll at the school when the applicant is admitted in September. (For full description please refer to the school’s Admissions Policy.)
  4. Children of staff directly employed by Northampton School for Boys where either or both of the following conditions are met:
    • where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission 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.
  5. The remaining places are allocated using a system of Norm Referenced Banding as described in the DfE School Admissions Code. ALL applicants to the school will take the same common ability test. The test will be used to place ALL applicants into five equal sized ability bands. An equal number of applicants will be selected fairly from each band using an approved process overseen by an independent third party. (For full description see the school’s Admissions Policy).

Note: Criteria 1, 2, 3, 4 will be applied strictly in the order stated above. Children allocated places under these criteria will also be included in the bands. These children will be allocated places from the bands first, before Criterion 5 is then finally applied. The total number admitted from each band will be equal. Selection by criterion 5 will be in line with the explanatory notes in Appendix C of the school’s full Admissions Policy. Where in any criterion the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available in a band, a process of random allocation will be applied. Such process will be overseen by an independent third party.

Number of children allocated March 1st by criteria:

​Children with a statement of special educational need or EHCP  ​6
​Children in the care of the Local Authority or Previously Looked After children​10
​Aptitude – 10% of places are awarded to boys with a demonstrated particular aptitude for music and/or technology, approximately half in each specialism​21
The remaining places are allocated using a system of Norm Referenced Banding as described in the School Admissions Code 2014. ALL applicants to the school will take the same common ability test. The test will be used to place ALL applicants into five equal sized ability bands. An equal number of applicants will be selected fairly from each band using the above criteria and then, in order, the following criteria:  ​

1. ​Sibling Link – where an elder brother/sister will still be on roll at the school when the applicant is admitted in September.

​62

2. Fair allocation – the remaining places in each band will be allocated by an approved process overseen by an independent third party.

​111
​Total ​210

Oversubscription criteria: 2016-2017 (in-year applications)

Children with a statement of special educational need will be admitted to the school where the school – after consultation with the Local Authority – has been named on the statement as appropriate provision.

If oversubscribed, the following criteria will be used.

  1. Children in the care of Local Authority (Looked After Children) and previously looked after children.
  2. Aptitude – 10% of places are awarded to boys with a demonstrated particular aptitude for Music and/or Technology, approximately half in each specialism.
  3. The remaining 90% of places are allocated using a system of Norm Referenced Banding as described in the DfE guidance on banding. All applicants to the school will take the same common ability test. The test will be used to place ALL applicants into five equal sized ability bands. An equal number of applicants will be selected fairly from each band using, in order, the following criteria:
    1. Sibling Link – where an elder brother/sister will still be on roll at the school when the applicant is admitted in September.
    2. Fair allocation – the remaining places in each band will be allocated by an approved process overseen by an independent third party.


Note: The 10% aptitude places will be allocated before banding is applied, but those children will be included in the bands. The statemented children and children in care, or previously looked after children will also be included in the bands. These children will be allocated places from the bands first. Criterion 3a will then be applied, followed by criterion 3b. Selection by criterion 3b will be in line with the explanatory notes in Appendix C of the full admissions policy available from the school. The total number admitted from each band will be equal.

All students, including those applying for an aptitude place, who seek a place at the school under any of the above criteria must complete a Supplementary Information Form and submit it to the school by Saturday 31 October 2015, as well as submitting the Local Authority Application Form to the Local Authority by Saturday 31 October 2015.

Students who wish to have the opportunity of gaining a place under the Aptitude criterion must return their Aptitude Application (card issued following deadline for receipt of Consideration Forms) to the school by Monday 16 November 2015.
 
If this school receives more applications than there are places available, the policy of fair banding is applied.

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