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 Brooke Weston Trust will consider all applications for places at each of its Academies in line with this policy. Where fewer applications are received than the published admission number, the individual named Academy will offer places to all those who have applied.
When the Academy receives more applications for places than the planned admission number, and after the students with an EHC Plan where Brooke Weston 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 its profile. All applicants will be placed in one of nine ‘stanines' based on the results of the ability test. Places will be allocated in a proportion that reflects the national ability range.
Students who do not take the ability test will only be considered if there are places remaining once allocations have been made to all those who did.
The test will take place on 11 December 2021.
After the admission of children with an EHC Plan where Brooke Weston Academy is named as the appropriate provision, the following criteria will be applied to determine those children that will be offered places within each stanine:
- Looked after children and all previously looked after children
- Children of staff where that 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 school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage in the area. (Demonstrable skill shortage will only normally apply to qualified teacher positions, where the school has continually been unable to recruit);
- Children who have a sibling link (See below for definition of ‘sibling’);
- Children living in Corby and Kettering (see (i-ii) below);
- Other children based on the distance between the home address and school. Measurements will be carried out on a straight-line basis from the child’s home to the address point of the school.
If the Admission Number is exceeded within criterion 2, 3 or 4, all places within that year group will be allocated at random in the priority order listed above. The random allocation will ensure that the correct proportions are allocated from each stanine. 50% of the places will be allocated to students from Corby and 50% to students from Kettering. The random allocation will be generated electronically and will be verified by an independent observer to guarantee fairness.
Where there is a large proportion of siblings in an individual stanine, it may not always be possible to admit all siblings within that stanine. It may also not be possible to ensure an exact 50% intake from Corby and 50% intake from Kettering. In this case the remaining places in a stanine will be allocated at random in order to get as close as possible to the 50% intake from Corby and 50% from Kettering.
i) "Kettering" means the town of Kettering and the associated towns and villages for Kettering secondary schools and Montsaye Academy. The associated towns and villages are:
Arthingworth, Ashley, Barford, Barton Seagrave, Brampton Ash, Braybrooke, Broughton, Burton Latimer, Cranford, Cransley, Desborough, Dingley, Draughton, Faxton, Geddington, Glendon, Grafton Underwood, Hanging Houghton, Harrington, Isham, Lamport, Loddington, Maidwell, Mawsley, Newton-in-the Willows, Orton, Pipewell, Pytchley, Rothwell, Rushton, Slipton, Stoke Albany, Sutton Bassett, Thorpe Malsor, Thorpe Underwood, Twywell, Warkton, Weekley, Weston-by-Welland and Wilbarston.
ii) "Corby" means the town of Corby and the associated villages for Corby secondary schools. The associated villages are:
Brigstock, Cottingham, East Carlton, Great Oakley, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion, Lyveden, Middleton, Rockingham, Stanion and Weldon.
A sibling link will arise where one of the conditions in each of A and B are satisfied.
- 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.
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.
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 or 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 lists
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 random 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.