Kettering Buccleuch Academy

Weekley Glebe Road, Kettering, Northants NN16 9NS

Oversubscription admission criteria

​Children currently in Year 6 of Kettering Buccleuch Academy will automatically move into Year 7.

Where fewer than 180 external applications are received, the academy will offer places to all those who have applied.

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school as appropriate provision will be admitted.

When more than 180 applications are received, all external applicants will undertake a suitable cognitive ability test.
Test takers will be divided into 9 equal bands based on the results of this test and places will be allocated to each band in proportion to national averages. In the event of an individual band not being oversubscribed, places will be allocated to students from the nearest bands, taking equally from the band above and the band below (where relevant). Children who take the test will be given priority over children who do not.

Applicants will be invited to attend for approximately two hours on Saturday 5 December 2020

Priority will be given in each band according to the criteria below, in the following order:

  1. Looked after children and children who have been previously looked after. Looked after children are children who are (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of application to a school. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

  2. To ensure the highest quality of teaching staff, priority will be given to children of staff where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage or where the member of staff has been employed at the academy for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the academy is made.

  3. Children who are siblings of students who attend the academy, and will still be attending when the child starts, other than students who at the time are in the sixth form but were not previously in lower years. The term ‘siblings’ refers to full, step, half, adopted or fostered brothers or sisters living permanently at the same address. The academy reserves the right to ask for proof of relationship such as a short birth certificate.

  4. Children whose home address is nearer the address point of the academy’s secondary site than any other secondary school as determined by the local authority’s mapping system. When we talk about a child’s home address we mean the permanent residence of the child. The address must be the child’s only or main residence that is either owned by the child’s parent, parents or carer or guardian or leased to or rented by the child’s parent, parents or guardian under a lease or written rental agreement of not less than six months’ duration. The property leased should be that in which the family lives. We may require written proof of ownership or a rental agreement and proof of actual permanent residence at the property. We cannot allocate places on the basis of intended future changes of address unless house moves have been confirmed through the exchange of contracts with a completion date, or the signing of a formal lease agreement.

  5. Other children with priority being given to those whose permanent address is closest to the address point of the academy’s secondary site as determined by the Local Authority’s mapping system. Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the child’s home address to the address point of the academy, using a Geographical Information System.


In the event of a tie-break being necessary within the criteria b) to d), this will be conducted through process of random allocation, independently supervised. In criterion e) the tie-break of random allocation will be applied if 2 distance measurements are equal.