Sir Christopher Hatton Academy: admissions information

​Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, The Pyghtle, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 4RP

Oversubscription criteria: September 2017 entry

Following the allocation of places to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs/EHC Plan which names the academy as appropriate provision, where applications for admissions exceed the academy’s statutory admission number, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which pupils shall be admitted.

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) or previously in public care
  2. 10% (21 places) allocated on an aptitude test in ICT
  3. Fair Banding allocation (see Note 2) in the following order:
    • Children of employees
    • Children with an older sibling already in attendance and expected to continue at the Academy at the time of admission of the younger child
    • Children who attend Hatton Academies Trust Primary schools. Specifically, Oakway Academy, Victoria Primary Academy, Ecton Village Primary Academy. A total of 25 places i.e. 5 places in each band will be allocated on a random basis using this criterion
    • Any remaining places in each band will be allocated on a random basis to primary schools with a traditional link to Sir Christopher Hatton Academy
    • Other children

    If there are remaining places after the Aptitude and Fair Banding allocations, then criterion 4 and 5 will apply.

  4. Attendance at a primary school that has traditional links to Sir Christopher Hatton Academy
  5. Other children.

Allocation of places

In all criteria where there are more applicants than available places, priority will be determined through a process of random allocation. Names of applicants will be selected at random in the presence of an independent observer.

  1. Aptitude test in ICT
  2. As a Specialist Mathematics and Computing Academy, the Board of Directors have decided that 10% (21) of places are allocated on the basis of aptitude in Information Technology established by tests taken at the academy. Applicants are invited to take the aptitude assessment at the academy on Saturday November 26th or Saturday December 3rd 2016. Applications for the aptitude test are available on the website and in the Academy prospectus or by contracting our reception. Applications must be received at the Academy by October 31st 2016 using the supplementary form available on the academy website or from the academy reception. This form does not replace the Local Authority application requirements. These places will be allocated using the ICT aptitude. Applications can be for both the aptitude test and the fair banding allocation as these are different criteria.

  3. Fair Banding applications
  4. All children under criteria 3 (i.e. 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e) will be required to undertake a cognitive ability test. The test will be used to place all applicants into five equal bands based on the results of the test, and places will be allocated equally to each band. Children who take the test will be given priority over children who do not. Applicants are invited to take the test at the academy on Saturday November 26th or Saturday December 3rd 2016. Applications to take the banding test must be completed on the supplementary form available on the Academy website or from
    the academy reception and returned to the academy by October 31st 2016 at the latest. This is in addition to the Local Authority application form which is to be submitted to the Local Authority by that date.

  5. Children of employees
  6. Priority will be given under this criterion 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 academy is made, or
    • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  7. Sibling Link
  8. The presence of an elder brother or sister at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy at the time of the pupil’s intended admission. For the purposes of this criterion, ‘sibling’ is taken to include a stepbrother/sister, half-brother/sister, or child who is adopted or fostered, in all cases provided they are living at the same address.

  9. Trust Primary schools
  10. The Directors have agreed to give a preference of 25 fair banding places to primary schools in Hatton Academies Trust. These are local school that have developed closer links with the Academy than other primary schools through shared staff, events and services.

  11. Schools with traditional feeder links

All Saints CE Primary School; Croyland Primary School; Earls Barton Junior School; Freemans Academy; Great Doddington Primary; Little Harrowden Community Primary School, Mears Ashby CE Endowed Primary; Park Junior School; Redwell Primary School; Oakway Academy; Our Lady’s Catholic Junior School; Wilby Church of England Primary School, Victoria Primary Academy; Ecton Village Primary Academy.

Tiebreaker

In all criteria where there are more applications than remaining places, these will be allocated on a random basis. The process will be independently verified.

Note

Students applying for the places through the aptitude test or the fair banding approach must complete a supplementary form and submit this to the academy. The test dates are published in the prospectus and on the academy website.

Application forms for aptitude and fair banding test

These are available on the Academy website and in the prospectus. Alternatively a copy can be requested by contacting the Academy reception. They must be returned to the Academy by 31st October 2016 at the latest.

*Sibling Link

The presence of an elder brother or sister at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy at the time of the pupil’s intended admission. For the purposes of this criterion, ‘sibling’ is taken to include a stepbrother/sister, half-brother/sister, or child who is adopted or fostered, in all cases provided they are living at the same address. 

Oversubscription criteria 2016-2017 (in-year applications) 

Following the allocation of places to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs which names the academy as appropriate provision, where applications for admissions exceed the academy’s statutory admission number, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which pupils shall be admitted.

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) or previously in public care
  2. Children of employees, Directors and academy representatives of Hatton Academies Trust:
    1.  Where the Director or academy representative is a serving member at the time of the application for a place.
    2. 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 academy is made, or
    3. The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  3. As a Specialist Mathematics and Computing Academy, the Board of Directors have decided that 10% of places are allocated on the basis of aptitude in Information Technology established by tests taken at the academy. 
  4. Sibling Link. The presence of an elder brother or sister at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy at the time of the pupil’s intended admission. For the purposes of this criterion, ‘sibling’ is taken to include a stepbrother/sister, half-brother/sister, or child who is adopted or fostered, in all cases provided they are living at the same address. 
  5. Attendance at a member academy of Hatton Academies Trust: Victoria Primary Academy and Oakway Academy and any other primary school joining the trust before September 2016. 15% of places will be allocated to each academy.
  6. Attendance at a primary school that has traditional links to Sir Christopher Hatton Academy. These are: All Saints CEVA Primary School; Croyland Primary School; Earls Barton Junior School; Freemans Endowed C of E Junior Academy; Great Doddington Primary School; Little Harrowden Community Primary School, Mears Ashby C of E Endowed Primary; Park Junior School; Redwell Primary School; Ruskin Junior School; Oakway Academy; Our Lady’s Catholic Junior School; Victoria Primary Academy; Wilby C of E Primary School. 
  7. Attendance at a primary school in Wellingborough not mentioned above or from outside the Wellingborough area.

Tiebreaker

Where there are more applications than remaining places, these will be allocated on a random basis.

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