Sir Christopher Hatton Academy

The Pyghtle

All students who seek a place at the school under any criteria must complete the online Supplementary Information Form available on the Academy website by 5pm on Sunday 31 October 2021, as well assubmitting the Local Authority Application Form to the Local Authority by 5pm on Sunday 31 October 2021. 

Students with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan naming the academy as appropriate provision will be admitted.

Oversubscription criteria

Places will be allocated using a system of Norm Referenced Banding as described in the School Admissions Code. All applicants are expected to take the fair-banding test which will place applicants into 5 equal sized ability bands. An equal number of applicants will be selected from each band using the oversubscription criteria below.

The test will take place on Saturday 13 November 2021 or Saturday 20 November 2021 (times to be advised following the deadline on 31 October 2021)

Following the allocation of places to students who have EHC plans which name the Academy as appropriate provision, where applications for admissions exceed the academy’s PAN, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to each band to decide which students shall be admitted.

  1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children (see Note A)
  2. 10% (24 places) allocated on an aptitude test in ICT (see Note B)
  3. Children of employees (see Note C)
  4. Children who attend Hatton Academies Trust Primary schools (see Note D).
  5. Children with an older sibling already in attendance and expected to continue at the academy at the time of admission of the younger child (see Note E)
  6. Other children.

Criteria 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 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 6 is then finally applied. The total number admitted from each band will be equal. 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.


A) Looked after Children and Previously Looked After Children

B) Aptitude test in ICT

As a specialist mathematics and computing academy, the board of directors have decided that 10% (24) places are allocated on the basis of aptitude in Information Technology established by tests taken at the academy.

Applications to take the ICT Aptitude Test must be made on the supplementary information form (SIF).  This form is available on the academy website, from the academy reception, and also provided in the information pack sent to Year 6 students via the local primary schools. The form must be returned to the academy by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday 7 October 2021 at the latest.Applicants are then invited to take the ICT Aptitude Test at the academy on Saturday 16 October 2021 (times to be advised after the deadline of 4:00 p.m. on 7 October 2021). This SIF does not replace the Local Authority application requirements so applicants must still make their application for a school place through the local authority. Applicants must also complete the SIF and sit the fair banding test.

Please note: Your child does not have to take the ICT Aptitude test. 

If you choose for your child not to take this test, then any subsequent application for a place at the school will not be prejudiced. If your child does sit the test, then the result of this will not prejudice any subsequent application for a place at the school. 

C) Children of employees

Priority will be given under this criterion where 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 academy is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

D) Trust primary schools

The Directors have agreed to give a preference of 50 fair banding places to primary schools in Hatton Academies Trust: Oakway Academy, Victoria Primary Academy and Ecton Village Primary Academy. If the number of applicants from the Trust primary schools exceeds 50, and applicants who are not successful under this criterion will have their application considered under criterion 5 or 6 as applicable.

E) Sibling Link

The presence of an older brother or sister at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy at the time of the student’s intended admission. For the purposes of this criterion, ‘sibling’ is taken to include a stepbrother or sister, half-brother or sister, or child who is adopted or fostered, in all cases provided they are living at the same address.

Supplementary Information Forms

An online SIF must be completed via the Academy website, in addition to the local authority’s common application form. This form included the option to register for the ICT aptitude test. Please note that the deadline for the applying for the ICT Aptitude test is 4:00 p.m on Thursday 7 October 2021 so you must have submitted the form by then to be considered. The deadline for registering for the fair banding test is 5:00 p.m. on Sunday 31 October 2021, the same deadline as the local authority’s common application form. 

Home Address

The address given must be where the child and parent or er live permanently. It should not be the child minder’s, grandparent’s or other relative’s address. If parents share custody of a child, then we may request to see the court order, child tax credit letter, child benefit letter, medical card or other evidence to establish where the child is resident for the majority of the time during the weekdays.