Corby Business Academy

Academy Way
Gretton Road
NN17 5EB

The admission policies will operate for 2022 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. 

The Trust will consider all applications for places. Where fewer than 200 applications are received, the Trust will offer places to all those who have applied.

Oversubscription criteria

When more than 200 applications are received and after the students with an EHC Plan where Corby Business Academy is named as the appropriate provision have been admitted, all other applicants will undertake a suitable cognitive ability test. This is used to ensure that the Academy admits an intake that is representative of the national ability range and is comprehensive in intake. All applicants taking the test will be placed in one of nine bands (stanines) based on the results of the ability test. A number of places will be allocated from each band in a proportion that reflects the national ability range.

Students who do not sit the test will only be considered for places at Corby Business Academy once allocations have been made to all those who did.

The test will take place on 11 December 2021.

When there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:

  1. Looked after children and 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 with a sibling link (see below for definition of ‘sibling’)
  4. Children who live closer to Corby Business Academy than any other school
  5. Children who live in the Academy's linked villages
  6. Proximity to the Academy.

Should a ‘tie-breaker’ be required in criterion b), c), d) or e), priority will be given to children whose home address is closest to the Academy as measured in a straight line. 


‘Any other school’ does not include Brooke Weston Academy.

The Academy’s linked villages are the parishes of Brigstock, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion, Lyveden, Stanion and Weldon.

Distances are measured from the home address to the address point of the school grounds. It is measured on a straight line basis, using a geographical information system.

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.

Year 7 waiting list

From 1 March until 31 August of the offer year (the academic year before the academic year in which students are admitted into Year 7) children's position on the Year 7 waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

Where places become vacant they will be allocated, through a fresh round of allocation, to children on the waiting list from the stanine that has become vacant and in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. If there is no-one on the waiting list from the stanine that has a vacancy the place will be filled by a child from a neighbouring stanine on an even basis (i.e. if the first child is from a stanine above then the next will be from the stanine below). Students who did not take the ability test will only be considered if there are places remaining once empty places have been offered to all those who did take the test.