Kettering Science Academy: admissions information

​Kettering Science Academy, Deeble Road, Kettering, Northants NN15 7AA

Oversubscription criteria September 2020 entry

All children will be required to undertake a cognitive ability test. Children who take the test will be divided into 9 stanines based on the results of the test and places will be allocated to each stanine in proportion to national averages. 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 7 December 2019. Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be offered in the following order of priority.

After the admission of students with an EHC Plan where Kettering Science Academy is named as the appropriate provision, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

  1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children.
  2. Children with a sibling link.
  3. Children who live in the villages linked to the Academy – Broughton, Cransley, Mawsley and Pytchley.
  4. 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).
  5. Children who live in the defined area as described below – Within the area bordered by: Barton Road where it meets the River Ise, the A6900 London Road up to the A4300 to include Naseby Road where it borders the River Ise. This includes all roads leading from main roads directly feeding off Deeble Road (all houses within this defined area).
  6. Other children.

Distance tiebreaker

If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school, as measured from the address point of their home address to the address point of the school. Although a distance tiebreaker applies, given the admissions test, this is only likely to be relevant when:

  • a particular band is oversubscribed
  • two or more students have exactly the same admissions test score

In such circumstances, priority will go to children that live nearest to the address point of the school. All applicants taking the test will be placed in one of nine bands 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.

Children who do not take the ability test will only be considered if there are remaining places available after allocations have been made to those who did.

Definition of 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 academy, 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.