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Admissions Arrangements

This section explains the Application process for entry in to the Academy for Year 7 through to Year 11. It also includes admissions information for parents of students with an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan). Information regarding the Sixth Form Application process can be found on the Sixth Form section of the website. 

For further details, please view the Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy.


Traditionally those applying to Brooke Weston Academy, Corby Business Academy, Corby Technical School and Kettering Science Academy are invited to sit a non-verbal reasoning test to ensure that each school has a balanced intake of students of all abilities.

This year, due to the national lockdown, the normal method of assembling hundreds of students for testing in December was not considered to be practical or safe.

The Trust held a consultation for parents/carers and applied to the Department for Education and Regional Schools Commissioner for places to be allocated for the 2021 intake without the fair banding element of assessment.

Please see the attachments below for more details and answers to frequently asked question

Proposed variation to oversubscription criteria at Corby Business Academy for September 2021 Yr 7 intake.

a) Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children.

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 a sibling link

d) The allocation of places to children who live closer to Corby Business Academy than any other school.

e) The allocation of places to children who live in the Academy’s linked villages.

f) Proximity to the Academy.

Should a ‘tie-breaker’ be required in criteria b, c, d, or e priority will be given to children whose home address is closest to the Academy as measured in a straight line (proximity to the Academy).


‘Any other school’ does not include Brooke Weston Academy.

The Academy’s linked villages are the parishes of Brigstock, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion, Lyveden, Stanion and Weldon.

Distances are measured from the nearest entrance to the home address to the nearest access point to the school grounds. It is measured on a straight-line basis, using a geographical information system.

Saturday 31st October 2020

Parents/Carers complete the Local Authority Common Preference Form and return it to the Authority by 5.00 p.m. on Saturday 31st October 2020.

Monday 1st March 2021

Parents/Carers receive notification of the school their child will attend. Parents/Carers of students with an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) receive this information in late February.

Phase Transfer

To enable parents/carers, 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/Caers will receive a letter from NCC at the beginning of October, seeking details of their school preference or representations. Parents/Carers 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.

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.

Parent/Carers 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 emailing or writing to the Principal's PA to F. Gibson, Corby Business Academy, Academy Way, Gretton Road, Corby, NN17 5EB

Please click on the link for the Brooke Weston Trust Admission Arrangements for 2021


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.

If you wish to appeal for a place at Corby Business Academy please fill out the New Intake Appeals Application Form (which can be downloaded by clicking here) and return this via email to or write to the Principal's PA to F. Gibson, Corby Business Academy, Academy Way, Gretton Road, Corby, NN17 5EB

Corby Business Academy – Appeals Timetable

Monday 1st March 2021

National Offer Day

Monday 12th April 2021, 5.00 p.m.

Deadline for parents to lodge an Appeal (either written or via academy website)

Friday 30th April 2021

Deadline for parents/carers to be notified of the date and arrangements for the Appeal Hearing

Deadline for the academy to supply the Clerk of the Independent Appeals Panel with all relevant documentation needed to conduct the Appeals Hearing

Deadline for the Clerk or academy to send appeal papers to the Panel and relevant parties

Friday 14th May 2021

Deadline for parent/carer and panel questions to be returned to the Clerk

Friday 4th June 2021

Deadline for academy responses to be returned to the Clerk

Monday 21st June – Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Appeal Hearings by Independent Appeal Panel

Wednesday 30th June 2021

Deadline for Decision Letters to be sent by the Clerk to Parents/Carers

* Subject to COVID-19 based responses.

New Intake Appeal Timeline

New Intake Appeals Form (word document)                New Intake Appeals Form (PDF)

In-Year Appeals Form (Word document)                         In- Years Appeals Form (PDF)

FAQ Admission Appeals Questions 2020-2021

FAQ Admission Appeals Questions 2020-2021 (Covid-19)

Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy (September 2021-22 Intake)