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Admissions and Appeals

This section explains the Application process for entry in to the Academy for Year 7 through to Sixth Form. It also includes admissions information for parents of students with special educational needs.


Application for entry in to Year 7 in September 2017

Applications open for the September 2017 entry on 12th September 2016.  Parents will be able to apply for secondary school places for September 2017 from this date by completing the Local Authority Common Preference Form and returning it to the Authority in accordance with the timelines to be published (click here for details).

The Corby Business Academy will consider all applications for places. Where fewer than 200 applications are received, the Academy will offer places to all those who have applied. When more than 200 applications are received and after the students with statements of Special Educational Needs where the Corby Business Academy is named on the statement 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 intake.

Please note: students who do not sit the cognitive ability test will only be considered for places at CBA once allocations have been made to all those who did.

The following process will occur:

All applicants taking the test will be placed in one of nine bands (stanines) 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. All applicants to Corby Business Academy are required to take the admissions test. The following criteria will be applied to determine those children who will be offered places:

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of SEN that names the school as appropriate provision. When there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:

a) Children in Care, also known as Looked after Children (LAC), and children who were looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a resident order or special guardianship order;

b) 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).

c) Children with an older brother or sister continuing at the Academy at the time of transfer of the younger child. (See Appendix 1 for definition of ‘sibling’)

d) Proximity to the Academy.

The procedure for allocating places in each band will be as follows.

(i) The allocation of places to children who live closer to Corby Business Academy than any other school until 25% of the places in the band are allocated to these children;

(ii) The allocation of places to children who live closer to the main site entrance of Tresham College Corby than any other school, until 25% of the places in the band are allocated to these children;

(iii) The allocation of places to children who live in the Academy’s linked villages, until 25% of the places in the band are allocated to these children;

(iv) Other children.

Should a ‘tie-breaker’ be required in criteria b or c priority will be given to children whose permanent address is closest to the Academy as measured in a straight line.

Admissions Timeline

Monday October 31st 2016

Parents complete the Local Authority Common Preference Form and return it to the Authority by 5.00pm October 31st 2016.

Saturday December 10th 2016

Parents will receive a letter from the Brooke Weston Trust containing details of the cognitive ability test which will be taken by students on the above date at Corby Business Academy regardless of which Brooke Weston Trust school applied for (CBA, CTS or BWA). The testing process will last approximately two hours.

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Parents receive notification of the school their son/daughter will attend. Parents of students with a statement of Special Educational Needs receive this information in late February.

Admissions information regarding students with statements of SEN or EHC (Education, Health and Care Plan)

Phase transfer

To enable parents, children and the receiving school to plan well in advance of transfer from primary to secondary phase, Part 4 of a student's statement of SEN or Section I of the EHC must be amended no later than 15th February in the year of transfer. Parents will receive a letter from NCC at the beginning of October, seeking details of their school preference or representations. Parents should return their preference to NCC by early November. Consultation then follows with the school and the Local Authority has to make the final decision about placement and will inform the parents. Parents are given their right of appeal to SENDIST at this stage, if they are not in agreement with the decision.

Waiting List

Where Corby Business Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the 31st December of the year of entry. This will be maintained by the Corby Business Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child's name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.


Parents will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the Corby Business Academy. The Appeal Panel will be independent of the Academy. The arrangements for Appeals will be in line with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals published by the Department for Education (DfE) as it applies to Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools. The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals and is binding on all parties. For details of the appeals process deadlines please see the attached document at the foot of the page.

Admission information regarding In Year Applications and Appeals for Year 7 (after December 31st of the year of entry)  – Year 11

For children who need a school place during the school year rather than at the usual transfer time. This may be due to a house move or change of circumstances.

From September 2010, it is a statutory requirement that applications are made through the local authority in which the family reside, or are moving to, and not to the school direct. Please click here for further information.

The In Year application process is for children applying for a school place during the academic year rather than at the usual transfer point of September entry into Year 7. The LA co-ordinates all In Year applications made during the academic year for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. If a place is available in Year 7 up until December 31st of the year of entry then it will be filled by a place on the waiting list subject to the conditions set out in the policy for entry to Year 7. If a place is available at any other time in Year 7,8,9,10 or 11 (places will be available if the number of students in the Year Group is below the Published Admissions Number of 200) the child will be admitted.

A waiting list will not be held by the Academy for In Year Admissions in Year 8,9,10 or 11. A waiting list for Year 7 is held until 31st December of the year of entry.

After 31st December of the year of entry for Year 7 and for all In Year applications in Years 8,9,10 and 11 if the number of In Year applications exceeds the number of places available in a Year Group, the places will be allocated through a fresh round of random allocation, in accordance with the oversubscription criteria a, b, c, outlined in the policy.

Parents whose In Year application is turned down are entitled to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel.

Before appealing for an In-Year place at Corby Business Academy please read the guidelines from the Northamptonshire County Council Local Authority. If, having followed the process, your child is not allocated a place at your preferred school (in this case, Corby Business Academy) you can lodge an independent appeal by contacting the Clerk of the Admission Appeals Panel, c/o Mrs K Byrne, at Corby Business Academy, Academy Way, Gretton Road, Corby, NN17 5EB

Sixth Form Admissions

Entry to the Sixth Form will depend on a number of factors including performance in GCSEs and equivalent examinations. Our expectations are that all Sixth Form students take their studies seriously, work hard and make the most of the expertise and commitment of staff. Every Sixth Form student will need to provide commitment to their own future and be fully focused on achieving the best they can. All students will be expected to follow the Sixth Form Code of Conduct and Appearance..

All students wishing to find out more about the Sixth Form should contact the Academy directly for an appointment to discuss their individual needs or complete the application form on the website.

As an expanding Sixth Form our courses are changing and a personal discussion with Mrs Samantha Anderson who is responsible for the Sixth Form will help the decision making process. The deadline for admissions was the 31st January for the current academic year.

To download the Sixth Form Application Form please see the attached document below.

Please click on the link for the Brooke Weston Trust Admission Arrangements for 2017