Corby Business Academy

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

​The Regional Schools Adjudicator has agreed to a variation to our admission arrangements for 2021 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The admission policy will operate for 2021 entry without the requirement that applicants undertake a cognitive ability test. A minor clarification is also applied for Corby Business Academy to remove multiple references to fair banding and proximity measures.

Variation to oversubscription criteria at Corby Business Academy for September 2021 Year 7 intake

  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. The allocation of places to children who live closer to Corby Business Academy than any other school
  5. The allocation of places to children who live in the Academy’s linked villages
  6. Proximity to the Academy

Should a ‘tie-breaker’ be required in criteria 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 (proximity to the Academy).

Oversubscription admission criteria

​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.

Places will be allocated to pupils who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names the school as the appropriate provision.

When more than 200 applications are received and after the students with an EHC Plan 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 5 December 2020.

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. Proximity to the Academy.

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

i) The allocation of places to children who live closer to Corby Business Academy than any other school until 25% of the places in the band are allocated to these children.

ii) 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.

iii) The allocation of places to children who live in the Academy’s linked villages, until 25% of the places in the band are allocated to these children.

iv) Other children.

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

Notes

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

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.

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.