Kettering Buccleuch Academy: admissions information

​Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Weekley Glebe Road, Kettering, Northants NN16 9NS

Oversubscription criteria: September 2017 entry

Students on roll in Year 6 of Kettering Buccleuch Academy will automatically be allocated a place in Year 7. Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with statements of special educational needs and Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans where Kettering Buccleuch Academy is named as the appropriate provision have been admitted, all external applicants will undertake a suitable cognitive ability test.

Test takers will be divided into 9 bands, using CAT scores, based on the results of this test and places will be allocated to each band in proportion to national averages.

In the event of an individual band not being oversubscribed, places will be allocated to students from the nearest bands, taking equally from the band above and the band below (where relevant).

Children who take the test will be given priority over children who do not.

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

Priority to the criteria will be given in each band in the following order: 

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children
  2. To ensure the highest quality of teaching staff, priority will be given to children of staff where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage or where the member of staff has been employed at the academy for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the academy is made.
  3. Children who are siblings of students who attend the academy, and will still be attending when the child starts, other than students who at the time are in the sixth form but were not previously in lower years. The term ‘siblings’ refers to full, step, half, adopted or fostered brothers or sisters living permanently at the same address. The academy reserves the right to ask for proof of relationship such as a short birth certificate.
  4. Children whose permanent address is nearer the address point of the academy’s secondary site than any other maintained or academy secondary school provision as determined by the local authority’s mapping system. A child’s permanent address is where he or she normally lives and sleeps and goes to school from. Proof of residence such as a utility bill or council tax bill may be requested.
  5. Other children whose permanent address is nearest to the address point of the academy’s secondary site as determined by the local authority’s mapping system.

If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the Academy, the offer of a place may be withdrawn.

Tiebreaker

In the event of a tie-break being necessary within the criteria b) to d), this will be conducted through a process of random allocation, independently supervised. In criterion e) the tie-break of random allocation will be applied if 2 distance measurements are equal

Number of students allocated 1 March 2016 by criteria.

2 students with a statement of special educational needs, EHC Plan or Looked after children, 49 students with an older brother or sister continuing at the school, 74 students who live closer to the school than any other maintained or academy school and 53 out of 69 other pupils using the distance tiebreaker. The last student allocated a place lives 3.901 miles from the school.

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

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with statements of special educational needs where the Academy is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children.
  2. Children who have specific medical needs or social needs where the application is supported by written supporting proof from an appropriately qualified person as to why the academy is the setting that can best meet the child’s needs. It is the responsibility of parents to show that it is critical for the child to attend the Academy rather than any other school.
  3. Children who are siblings of students who attend the academy, and will still be attending when the child starts, other than students who at the time are in the sixth form but were not previously in lower years. The term ‘siblings’ refers to full, step, half, adopted or fostered brothers or sisters living permanently at the same address. The Academy reserves the right to ask for proof of relationship such as a short birth certificate.
  4. Children whose permanent address is nearer the main gates of the academy’s secondary site than any other maintained or academy secondary school provision as determined by the local authority’s mapping system. A child’s permanent address is where he or she normally lives and sleeps and goes to school from. Proof of residence such as a utility bill or council tax bill may be requested. 
  5. Other children whose permanent address is nearest to the main gates of the academy’s secondary site as determined by the local authority’s mapping system.


If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the academy, the offer of a place may be withdrawn. In the event of a tie-break being necessary within the criteria b) to e), this will be conducted through a process of random allocation.

Twins, triplets and other children from multiple births

In the event that the academy has one place to offer and the next child on the admissions list is one of twins, triplets or other multiple births, the academy will contact the parents who will need to decide whether to accept one place at the academy or to keep the children together by accepting another school. If it is decided to accept the one place on offer, the parent may choose which child should be admitted or, if they prefer, the child will be determined by the academy through a process of random allocation, independently supervised.

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