Kettering Science Academy

Deeble Road, Kettering, Northants NN15 7AA

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. Where instances of oversubscription occur, admission will still be determined by the implementation of the current oversubscription criteria, minus the fair banding element.

Oversubscription admission criteria

Following the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the Academy as the appropriate provision, where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, places will be offered in the order of priority below.

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.
The test will take place on 5 December 2020.
Children who take the test will be given priority over children who do not.

  1. Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children;
  2. Children with a sibling link (see below for definition of ‘sibling’);
  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 – All houses 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; 
  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 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 either a particular band is oversubscribed and two or more students have exactly the same admissions test score. In such circumstances, priority will go to children that live nearest the main entrance 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.

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. For post-16 applicants only, the sibling link can arise where there is an older or younger sibling at the named Academy at the point of application and expected to be on roll at the point 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.