Northampton School for Boys: admissions information

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

Oversubscription criteria September 2019 entry

All students who seek a place at the school under any criteria must complete an NSB Supplementary Information form and submit it to the school by 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018, as well as submitting the Local Authority Application form to the Local Authority by 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

  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.
  3. Children of staff directly employed by Northampton School for Boys where either or both of the following conditions are met:
    1. 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.
    2. The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  4. Sibling Link – where an elder brother or sister, living at the same address, are on roll and attending the school at the point of application (31 October).
  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.

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. 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.

Students who wish to have the opportunity of gaining a place under the Aptitude criterion must attend the Aptitude test days which occur prior to the deadline for completing the NSB supplementary information form. There will be no further opportunity to be tested for aptitude after these dates. The Technology Aptitude test will take place on Saturday 13 October 2018 and the Music Aptitude test will take place on Monday 15 October 2018.

All applicants will be required to attend on the morning of Saturday 17 November 2018 in order to sit a Common 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.

All parents will be informed by the Local Authority of the school allocated to their son on Friday 1 March 2019.

Notes on Oversubscription Criteria for Year 7 Entry

Remember that ALL those seeking a place for a boy MUST submit an NSB Supplementary Information Form.
Children with an 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.

  1. ‘Looked After Children’ are those who are (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions at the time of making an application to the school. ‘Previously Looked After’ Children are defined for the purposes of the legislation as those who immediately after being in care became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. (Parents must supply a copy of the relevant order as evidence of their child’s status.)
  2. Aptitude criterion – this allows the school to offer 10% of places to boys who can demonstrate a particular aptitude for two of the agreed specialisms of the school – Music and Technology – in approximately equal numbers. Parents wishing to give their son the opportunity to take up one of these 21 reserved places MUST sit one or both of these aptitude tests before the application deadline. Parents will receive information about the outcome of the test before the closing date for secondary applications on 31 October so as to support them in making an informed choice of school. There will be no further test days after the application deadline.
  3. Boys applying who have an elder brother or sister on roll and attending the school at the point of application will take priority. They will be allocated a place from the band in which they are placed by the Common Ability test. For the purposes of this criterion, ‘sibling’ is taken to include a step-brother/sister, half-brother/sister, or child who is adopted or fostered, in all cases providing they are living at the same address. Although their place is not dependent on the performance in the common ability test, all boys applying for a sibling criterion place are required to sit the test in order that the overall ability range of the intake reflects that of the applicants.
  4. Fair allocation of the remaining places is from each of the five equal sized Bands based on the scores from the common ability test. Note that boys who sit the test or who provide a reason with supporting evidence for non-attendance will be considered for places before those who have not. For details of operation of the Banding process see Appendix C.

Twins or other multiple births

In the case of twins or other multiple births from the same household, if, when applying the oversubscription criteria, one twin or multiple birth is offered a place and the other is not, then a place will be offered to the other twin or multiple birth sibling above the Published Admission Number of 210. If the qualifying sibling withdraws, then the second place (or places) will be forfeited.

Oversubscription admission criteria 2018 to 2019 (in-year applications)

Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) will be admitted to the school where the school – after consultation with the Local Authority – has been named on the statement of SEN or EHC plan as an appropriate provision.

  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 and attending the school at the point of application (31 October 2017).
  4. Children of staff directly employed by Northampton School for Boys where either or both of the following conditions are met:
    1. 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.
    2. 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 a full description please refer to  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 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.

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