Corby Business Academy admission information

​Corby Business Academy, Academy Way, Gretton Road, Corby, Northants NN17 5E

Oversubscription criteria September 2020 entry:

Corby Business Academy will consider all applications for places. Where fewer than 200 applications are received, the Academy will offer places to all those who have applied. When more than 200 applications are received and after the students with EHC Plans 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.

Applicants will be invited to attend for approximately two hours on Saturday 7 December 2019. Note: 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 following process will occur:

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. All applicants to Corby Business Academy are required to take the admissions test. The following criteria will be applied to determine those children who will be offered places:

Places will be allocated to students who have an EHC Plan that names the school as appropriate provision. 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 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 with a sibling link.
  4. Proximity to the Academy.

The procedure for allocating places in each band will be as follows:

  1. The allocation of places to children who live closer to Corby Business Academy than any other school until 25% of the places in the stanine are allocated to these children.
  2. The allocation of places to children who live closer to the main site entrance of Tresham College Corby than any other school, until 25% of the places in the band are allocated to these children.
  3. The allocation of places to children who live in the Academy’s linked villages, until 25% of the places in the stanine are allocated to these children.
  4. Other children (25%).

Should a ‘tiebreaker’ be required in criteria c or d priority will be given to children whose permanent address is closest to the Academy as measured in a straight line. Distances are measured from the nearest entrance to the home address to the nearest access point to the school grounds. It is measured on a straight-line basis, using a geographical information system.


‘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.

Pupils meeting criteria d(i), d(ii) and d(iii) but not allocated a place due to the 25% quotas will be regarded as ‘other children’ for the purposes of allocating places under criterion d(iv).

Should there be insufficient applicants to fill the quotas 25% at d(i) d(ii) or d(iii), the unfilled places will be available to ‘other children’, i.e. criterion d(iv).

After 31 December of the year of entry for Year 7 and for all in-year applications in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11, if the number of in-year applications exceeds the number of places available in a Year Group, the places will be allocated through a round of random allocation, in accordance with the oversubscription criteria a, b, c, d outlined in the policy. Randomizer is the website we will use to determine the randomisation process.

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. For post-16 applicants only, the sibling link can arise where there is an older or younger sibling at the named Academy at the point of application and expected to be on roll at the point of admission.