Sir Christopher Hatton Academy

The Pyghtle, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 4RP

Oversubscription admission criteria

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

Where applications for admissions exceed the academy’s Published Admission Number (PAN), the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, 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. Fair banding allocation (see Note C) in the following order:
    a) Children of employees (see Note D)
    b) 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)
    c) Children who attend Hatton Academies Trust Primary schools. Specifically, Oakway Academy, Victoria Primary Academy, Ecton Village Primary Academy. A total of 50 places i.e. 10 places in each band will be allocated on a random basis using this criterion. (See Note F).
    d) Any remaining places in each band will be allocated on a random basis to primary schools with a traditional link to Sir Christopher Hatton Academy (see Note G).
    e) Other children.
  4. Attendance at a primary school that has traditional links to Sir Christopher Hatton Academy (Note G)
  5. Other children.

Allocation of places

In all criterion where there are more applicants than available places, priority will be determined through a process of random allocation. Names of applicants will be selected at random in the presence of an independent observer.

Notes

A) Looked after Children and Previously Looked After Children

A looked after child is one who is (a) in the care of the 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.
A previously looked after child is a child who was looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.

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. Applicants are invited to take the ICT Aptitude Test at the academy from 4pm during weeks commencing 12 and 19 October 2020.
Applications to take the ICT Aptitude Test must be made on the supplementary information form. 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 Friday 9 October 2020 at the latest. This form does not replace the Local Authority application requirements.
Applicants can sit the ICT aptitude test and the fair banding test as these are different criteria.

C) Fair Banding applications

All children under criteria 3 (i.e. 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e) will be required to undertake a fair banding test. The test will be used to place all applicants into five equal bands based on the results of the test, and places will be allocated equally to each band.

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

Applicants are invited to take the test at the Academy from 4pm week commencing 9 November 2020. Applications to take the fair banding test must be made on the supplementary information form. 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 Friday 30 October 2020 at the latest. This form does not replace the Local Authority application requirements.

D) Children of employees

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

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.

F) 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, Ecton Village Primary Academy.

G) Schools with traditional feeder links

These are local schools that have developed closer links with the academy than other primary schools through shared staff, events and services:

All Saints CE Primary School; Croyland Primary School; Earls Barton Primary School; Ecton Village Primary Academy; Freemans Academy; Great Doddington Primary; Little Harrowden Community Primary School; Mears Ashby CE Endowed Primary; Oakway Academy; Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School; Park Junior School; Redwell Primary School; Victoria Primary Academy; Wilby Church of England Primary School.

Supplementary Information Forms

Supplementary Information Forms for the ICT Aptitude test and the fair banding test are available on the academy website and provided in the information pack sent to Year 6 students via the local primary schools. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by contacting the academy reception. The completed ICT Aptitude Test form must be returned to the academy by Friday 9 October 2020 and the completed fair banding test form by Friday 30 October 2020 at the latest.

Home Address

The address given must be where the child and parent / carer 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.