Corby Business Academy: Admission Information

​Corby Business Academy, Academy Way, Gretton Road, Corby, Northants NN17 5EB

Oversubscription admission criteria September 2017 entry

When the Academy receives more applications for places than the planned admission number, all applicants (including those with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/EHC Plan) will undertake a suitable cognitive ability test. This is used to ensure that the Academy admits an intake that is representative of the national ability range.

Applicants will be invited to attend for approximately two hours on Saturday, 10th December 2016 at a location in either Corby or Kettering.

All applicants will be placed in one of nine ‘stanines’ based on the results of the ability test. Places will be allocated in a proportion that reflects the national ability range.

After the admission of children with a Statement of Educational Needs/EHC Plan where Brooke Weston Academy is named as the appropriate provision, the following criteria will be applied to determine those children that will be offered places within each stanine:

The criteria are listed in priority order:

  1. Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children
  2. Children of staff where that 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 in the area. (demonstrable skill shortage will only normally apply to qualified teacher positions, where the school has continually been unable to recruit).
  3. Children who have a sibling link
  4. Children living in Corby and Kettering
  5. Other children based on the distance between the home address and school. Measurements will be carried out on a straight line basis from the child’s home to the address point of the school.

Tiebreaker

If the Admission Number is exceeded within criterion (b), (c) or (d) all places within that year group will be allocated at random in the priority order listed above. The random allocation will ensure that the correct proportions are allocated from each stanine. 50% of the places will be allocated to students from Corby and 50% to students from Kettering. The random allocation will be generated electronically and will be verified by an independent observer to guarantee fairness. Where there is a large proportion of siblings in an individual stanine, it may not always be possible to admit all siblings within that stanine. It may also not be possible to ensure an exact 50% intake from Corby and 50% intake from Kettering. In this case the remaining places in a stanine will be allocated at random in order to get as close as possible to the 50% intake from Corby and 50% from Kettering.

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

Definitions

  • “Kettering” means the town of Kettering and the associated towns and villages for Kettering secondary schools and Montsaye Academy, defined as follows:

Arthingworth, Ashley, Barford, Barton Seagrave, Brampton Ash, Braybrooke, Broughton, Burton Latimer, Cranford, Cransley, Desborough, Dingley, Draughton, Faxton, Geddington, Glendon, Grafton Underwood, Hanging Houghton, Harrington, Isham, Lamport, Loddington, Maidwell, Mawsley, Newton in the Willows, Orton, Pipewell, Pytchley, Rothwell, Rushton, Slipton, Stoke Albany, Sutton Bassett, Thorpe Malsor, Thorpe Underwood, Twywell, Warkton, Weekley, Weston-by-Welland and Wilbarston.

  • “Corby” means the town of Corby and the associated villages for Corby secondary schools, defined as follows: 

Brigstock, Cottingham, East Carlton, Great Oakley, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion, Lyveden, Middleton, Rockingham, Stanion and Weldon.

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.

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

Corby Business Academy will consider all applications for places. Where fewer than 200 applications are received, the Academy will offer places to all those who have applied. When more than 200 applications are received and after the students with statements of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan where Corby Business Academy is named as the appropriate provision have been admitted, all other applicants will undertake a suitable cognitive ability test. This is used to ensure that the Academy admits an intake that is representative of the national ability range and is comprehensive in intake.

Note: students who do not sit the test will only be considered for places at Corby Business Academy once allocations have been made to all those who did.

Applicants will be invited to attend for approximately two hours on Saturday, 10 December 2016.


The following process will occur:

All applicants taking the test will be placed in one of nine bands (stanines) based on the results of the ability test. A number of places will be allocated from each band in a proportion that reflects the national ability range. All applicants to Corby Business Academy are required to take the admissions test. The following criteria will be applied 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 teaching positions, where the school has continually been unable to recruit). 
  3. Children with a sibling link (See below for definition of 'sibling')
  4. Proximity to the Academy. .

The procedure for allocating places in each band will be as follows:

    1. The allocation of places to children who live closer to Corby Business Academy than any other school until 25% of the places in the band are allocated to these children;
    2. The allocation of places to children who live closer to the main site entrance of Tresham College Corby than any other school, until 25% of the places in the band are allocated to these children;
    3. The allocation of places to children who live in the Academy’s linked villages, until 25% of the places in the band are allocated to these children;
    4. Other children (25%)

Tiebreaker

Should a 'tie-breaker' be required in criteria 3 or 4 priority will be given to children whose permanent address is closest to the Academy as measured in a straight line.

Definitions

'Any other school' does not include Brooke Weston Academy.

The Academy’s linked villages are the parishes of Brigstock, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion, Lyveden, Stanion and Weldon.

Pupils meeting criteria 4(1), 4(2) and 4(3) but not allocated a place due to the 25% quotas will be regarded as 'other children' for the purposes of allocating places under criterion 4(4).

Should there be insufficient applicants to fill the quotas 25% at 4(1) 4(2) or 4(3), the unfilled places will be available to 'other children', ie. criterion 4(4).

Distances are measured from the nearest entrance to the property to the nearest access point to the school grounds. It is measured on a straight line basis, using a geographical information system.

After 31st December of the year of entry for Year 7 and for all in-year applications in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 if the number of in-year applications exceeds the number of places available in a Year Group, the places will be allocated through a round of random allocation, in accordance with the oversubscription criteria 1, 2, 3, 4 outlined in the policy.

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

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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