Brooke Weston Academy: admissions information

​Brooke Weston Academy, Coombe Road, Great Oakley, Corby, Northants NN18 8LA

Oversubscription criteria September 2020 entry

When the Academy receives more applications for places than the planned admission number, all applicants (including those with an EHC Plan) 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 intake.

Applicants will be invited to attend for approximately two hours on Saturday 7 December 2019 at a location in either Corby or Kettering.

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.

After the admission of children with an Education, Health and Care (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.

The criteria are listed in priority order:

  1. Looked after and all previously looked after children.
  2. 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.
  3. Children who have a sibling link.
  4. Children living in Corby and Kettering.
  5. 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 (b), (c) or (d) 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.

Students who did not take the ability test will only be considered if there are places remaining once allocations have been made to all those who did.


  1. 'Kettering' means the town of Kettering and the associated towns and villages for Kettering
    secondary schools and Montsaye Academy, defined as follows: 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.
  2. 'Corby' means the town of Corby and the associated villages for Corby secondary schools,
    defined as follows: Brigstock, Cottingham, East Carlton, Great Oakley, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion, Lyveden, Middleton, Rockingham, Stanion and Weldon.

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.

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.