Brooke Weston Academy: admissions information

​Brooke Weston Academy, Coombe Road, Great Oakley, Corby, Northants NN18 8LA

Oversubscription 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 or Education, Health and Care (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 or 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 to 2017 (in year applications)

When the Academy receives more applications for places than the published 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, 12th December 2015 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 or 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. Children in public care including children who have previously been in public care but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence or child arrangements order or special guardianship order.
  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.
  3. Children who have an older sibling who is attending the Academy at the point of application and who is expected to be on roll at the point of admission – see below for definition of 'sibling'. 
  4. Children living in Kettering and Corby.
  5. Other children based on the distance between home and school. Measurements are carried out in a straight line based on a straight line basis from the child’s home to the address point of the school. Home will be determined as the address declared on the Common Preference Form.

Tiebreaker

If the admission number is exceeded within criterion (2) (3) or (4), 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 are 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.

Example – there are 15 places to be allocated in a stanine. There is one child in public care and there are 10 siblings in the stanine. Of these 11 children, 9 are from Corby and 2 from Kettering. The remaining 4 places are allocated at random (criterion 4). They will be allocated to children from Kettering in order to get as close as possible to the 50/50 split.

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, as defined in the Local Authority’s annual Information for Parents booklet. The associated towns and villages are: 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, as defined in the Local Authority’s annual Information for Parents booklet. The associated villages are: Brigstock, Cottingham, East Carlton, Great Oakley, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion Lyveden, Middleton, Rockingham, Stanion and Weldon.

Sibling definition and other sibling link information

The Academy considers a sibling connection to relate to any of the following:

  • 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 under the terms of a Residence Order

The Academy does not consider there to be a sibling connection in respect to the following:

  • Cousins or other family relationships not included above
  • Where the claimed sibling link will not be a registered student at the Academy at the start of the new academic year
  • Where the siblings do not live at the same address.

For the sibling link to apply, the sibling must be a registered student at the Academy. It would not be sufficient, for example, if the sibling had been a student in the past.

Joint arrangements if child lives part week elsewhere

If a child lives with their separated parents for different parts of the week, the Academy will treat their home address as the place the child sleeps for most of the school week. If the child spends equal amounts of time at the two addresses, the parents must agree which address they wish to be the child’s main address.

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