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Admissions Arrangements

This page explains the application process for school places at the Academy, including Year 7 through to Year 11, students with an Education, Health and Care Plan, and for the Sixth Form. This is based on the Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy which can be found here.

To view an important update about the BWT admissions fair banding assessment for September 2022 entry, please click here: Brooke Weston Trust - Admissions fair banding assessment update

Application for school place in Year 7 in September 2022

All applications for a place at the Academy must be made through the Local Authority using the Common Preference Form. This can be accessed through this link – applications can be made online or by paper.

* Update - Please see link above for details of the cancellation of the Brooke Weston Trust cognitive ability test or click here for more information.

Where more than 200 applications are received the following oversubscription criteria will be applied:

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).

Definitions ‘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.
 

Timeline

10th September 2021

Application window opens for parents/carers

31st October 2021

Application window closes for parents/carers

Late November 2021

Ontime applicants are invited by Brooke Weston Trust to a cognitive ability test

11th December 2021

Date of cognitive ability test

1st March 2022

National Offer Day

29th March 2022

Deadline for Appeals (further details of appeals timeline to be confirmed in February 2022)

If the application is unsuccessful, parents/carers will be informed as to how to submit an appeal.
 

Waiting list

The Academy operates a waiting list up until 31st December of the year of entry. If a place is available in Year 7 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. Parents and carers must notify the Local Authority if they wish their child to be on the waiting list.

All applications for a place at the Academy must be made through the Local Authority using the Common Preference Form. This can be accessed through this link – applications can be made online or by paper.

The Academy will consider all applications for places. Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the above oversubscription criteria will be applied. The outcome of each application will be communicated to the parent/carer within the specified timescales. If the application is unsuccessful, parents/carers will be informed as to how to submit an appeal.

Waiting list

The Academy operates a waiting list for Year 7 – Year 11 places, this is administered by the Local Authority. If a place is available then it will be filled by a place on the waiting list subject to the conditions set out in the oversubscription criteria. Parents/carers must notify the Local Authority if they wish their child to be on the waiting list. Parents/carers must reconfirm they wish their child to remain on the waiting list within one week of the start of each new academic term. Failure to do so may result in removal from the waiting list.
 

If your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan or a statement of special educational needs (SEN) there is a separate process for your child's school admission. Further details on how to apply can be found here.

The Academy will consider all applications into our Sixth Form. The entry requirements for all students are as follows:

It is important that students select courses appropriate to their needs in terms of ability and career plans.

Students must gather as much information as possible to ensure that they make well-informed decisions.

Academy staff will examine subject choices and offer further guidance, should the need arise. Students will receive confirmation that their application has been successful.

The Academy will admit students from outside Corby Business Academy into Year 12. The maximum number of admissions for external candidates is 25. Entry requirements for courses are the same as those for internal applicants. In the event that there are more than 25 external applicants eligible for entry, the oversubscription criteria will be applied (see below). Students entering Corby Business Academy’s Sixth Form will be expected to read and sign a learning agreement which outlines the commitment required to be successful in Post 16 study and the support that students can expect to receive from Academy staff. In addition, Sixth Form students must recognise that they are part of a large community and have a responsibility to abide by our dress code and conduct themselves in a manner that supports the Academy ethos.

The entry requirements for external students will be the same as for continuing students. All students must complete a Corby Business Academy application form.

There are two areas within the Sixth Form for students to apply for:
For further information about points please see our Sixth Form Admissions page, for Pathways information, please see below.

1. Level 3 Pathway Courses
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at level 4 including English and Maths, plus any other levels required for specific subjects. Course entry requirements are outlined in our Sixth Form prospectus. For those students who have not achieved a level 4 or above in English and/or Maths we offer:

2. Level 3 Gateway Course
A minimum of 3 GCSEs at level 4 plus English Literature or English Language and Maths at level 3 or above, plus any other levels required for specific subjects. Course entry requirements are outlined in our Sixth Form prospectus. Students will be expected to retake Maths, English or both as part of this course. CBA reserve the right to remove any Sixth Form course if the interest in the course is not sustainable financially for the Academy. In such circumstances, students will be informed at the earliest opportunity and guidance given with regards to alternative options available.

The Academy offers 25 places to students external to the Academy. Where there are more applications than places, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied:

Following the admission of children/young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that name the Academy and if external applications exceed the PAN, oversubscription criteria will be applied:

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

b) Children with a sibling link. **

c) Distance between home address and the Academy as measured in a straight line from the child’s home to the Main Entrance of the School site.***

In the event of a tie (i.e. two addresses are exactly the same distance from the Academy) a place will be awarded on a random allocation basis. This will be subject to independent verification.

Waiting List
The Academy operates a waiting list for Year 12 entry for the first academic year of admission. If a place is available in Year 12 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 12. Parents/carers must notify the Academy if they wish their child to be on the waiting list.

Parents/carers have the right to appeal an admission decision by the Academy. All appeals are heard by the Independent Appeals Panel in accordance with the School Appeals Code (2012).
 

Definitions

*Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children
   • A Looked After Child is a child who is (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 section 22(1) Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.
  • A previously Looked After Child is a child who was looked after but ceased to be so because the child was adopted (under the Adoption Act 1976 or Adoption and Childrens Act 2002) or become the subject of a child arrangements order (section 8 Children Act 1989) or a special guardianship order (section 14A Children Act 1989).
   • A previously Looked After Child is a child who appears to the Admission Authority to have been in state care (i.e. in the care of or accommodated by a public authority, religious organisation or any other provider whose sole/main purpose is to benefit society) outside of England but ceased to be so as a result of being adopted. Evidence from the relevant social services department may be requested to determine eligibility under this criterion.

** 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. Documentary evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required together with proof of actual permanent residence at the property concerned. Places cannot be allocated on the basis of intended future changes of address unless house moves have been confirmed through the exchange of contracts or the signing of a formal lease agreement. The Trust reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence to support your claim to residence. The Trust will withdraw any place allocated if the address is found to be false.

Please view our Admissions Policy for further information: 
BWT Admissions Policy - 2022-23



Sixth Form Application

Click here to complete an application for a sixth form place. Alternatively, please see downloadable Word format.

Appeals

Parents/carers have the right to appeal an admission decision by the Academy. All appeals are heard by the Independent Appeals Panel in accordance with the School Appeals Code (2012). Please see below link to our FAQs for further information.

Year 7 place for September 2022

Appeals timetable 

Corby Business Academy – Appeals Timetable

Tuesday 1st March 2022

National Offer Day

Tuesday 29th March 2022 at 5.00pm

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

Monday 9th May 2022


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

Monday 16th May 2022

Deadline for any further evidence from the Academy or from Parents/Carers that was not sent with original Appeal, to be submitted to the Clerk of the Independent Appeal Panel 

Monday 23rd May - Wednesday 25th May 2022

Appeal Hearings by Independent Appeal Panel

Wednesday 8th June 2022

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

* Subject to COVID-19 based responses.

New Intake Appeals

If you wish to appeal please complete the New Intake appeals form and return to elliott.hanna@corbybusinessacademy.org. For any queries relating to In-take appeals please contact elliott.hanna@corbybusinessacademy.org

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

In-Year Application

If you wish to appeal an admission decision for an in-year place, please complete the appeals form and return to stuart.wall@corbybusinessacademy.org. For any queries relating to appeals please contact stuart.wall@corbybusinessacademy.org.

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

 

FAQ Admission Appeals Questions 2021-2022

Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy (September 2022-23 Intake)