Northampton School for Girls

Spinney Hill Road

All students who seek a place at the school under any criteria must complete an NSG Supplementary Information Form and submit it to the school by 5.00 pm on Sunday 31 October 2021, as well as submitting the local authority application form to the Local Authority by 5.00 pm on Sunday 31 October 2021.

The school will first admit children with an education, health and care plan (EHC) which names the school as appropriate provision.

Oversubscription criteria

Where there are more applicants than places available, the following criteria will then be applied in order:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children
  2. Children who will have an older sibling continuing at NSG at the time of admission (see below for definition of sibling).
  3. Children of staff (see below for definition)
  4. Other children using Fair Allocation (see below)

All applicants will be required to attend on the morning of Saturday 13 November 2021 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 information used for grouping students. For details of the operation of the banding system see below.

Fair allocation and banding

Fair, or random, allocation of the remaining places is used to decide which students will be offered the remaining places after the allocation of children with an EHCP and criteria 1 to 3 have been applied. The remaining students (to be considered under criterion 4) will be placed in five bands of cognitive ability.

  • The bands of cognitive ability will be of equal size and will be based on the same common ability test
  • The number to be admitted from each band is determined by dividing the places remaining (after application of criteria 1-3) by five
  • The places are then allocated in a statistically random order generated by computer within each band

This process is approved by the Department for Education as a fair and objective method of allocating places when there are more applicants than there are places available in any band and the number of places available is exceeded within any criterion.

Banding only operates when `the number of applications exceeds the number of places available. If places remain vacant in one (or more) bands after the allocation places, these will be filled by children in the adjacent bands before children who have not sat the test are considered.

Sibling definition

Children applying who have an elder sister or brother who will still be at the school when the applicant starts in the September will take priority (i.e. the sibling is on roll at the school both at the point of application and at the point of admission). For the purposes of this criterion, ‘sibling’ is taken to include a step-brother or sister, half-brother or 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 girls applying for a sibling criterion place are required to sit the test in order that the information may be used for grouping purposes.

Children of staff definition

Children of staff directly employed by Northampton School for Girls will be allocated a place if either 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, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Twins, triplets or other multiple births

In the case of twins or multiple births from the same household, places will be offered above the published admission number to the other twin or multiple birth children whose twin or multiple birth sibling was offered a place within the admission number. If the qualifying sibling withdraws, then the second place (or other places) is forfeit.