Corby Technical School

​Corby Technical School, Cottingham Road, Corby, Northants, NN17 1TD

The Regional Schools Adjudicator has agreed to a variation to our admission arrangements for 2021 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The admission policy will operate for 2021 entry without the requirement that applicants undertake a cognitive ability test. Where instances of oversubscription occur, admission will still be determined by the implementation of the current oversubscription criteria, minus the fair banding element.

Oversubscription admission criteria

Children who have an EHC Plan where Corby Technical School is named as the appropriate provision will be admitted. The following oversubscription criterion applies to all other students:

All applicants will take a suitable cognitive ability test which will be an NFER non-verbal reasoning test. This test is used to ensure that the Corby Technical School admits an intake that is representative of the national ability range and is comprehensive in its intake. This is not a tool to give priority to more able students. All applicants taking the test will be placed in one of nine stanines based on the results of the test. A number of places will be allocated from each stanine in a proportion that reflects the national ability range. This number will be determined within the testing process administered by GL Assessment and will not be decided by Corby Technical School itself.

Any applicants who do not sit the cognitive ability test will only be considered for a place at Corby Technical School once allocations have been made to all those who did take the test.

The test will take place on 5 December 2020.

The following criteria will be applied in priority order 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 teacher positions, where the school has continually been unable to recruit).
  3. Children who Live in Corby and the Named Linked Villages:
    The Corby Technical School is situated close to the centre of Corby and is intended primarily to serve the area "Corby" which means the town of Corby and the associated villages for Corby secondary schools. The associated villages are currently: Brigstock, Cottingham, East Carlton, Great Oakley, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion, Lyveden, Middleton, Rockingham, Stanion and Weldon.
  4. Children with a sibling link (see below for definition of ‘sibling’)
  5. Other children

Distance tie-breaker

If, in criteria a) - e) above, a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child whose permanent address is closest to the school will be given priority for admission. Distance is measured from the child’s home to the address point of the school in a straight line.

If the distance between a child’s home and the school is equidistant in any two or more cases, random allocation will be carried out by the school to determine who has highest priority for admission.

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.

Home address

Where a child lives or their “home address” will be determined at the time of application. The child’s home address is defined as the address at which the child normally resides with their parent/carer. If a child lives with their separated parents for different parts of the week, the trust will treat their home address as the place the child sleeps for the majority of the school week. If the child spends equal periods at the two addresses, the parents must agree to nominate one address to be taken as the home address.