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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.

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.

All applicants will be required to undertake a cognitive ability test – this is to ensure that the Academy admits an intake that is representative of the national ability range. This is not a pass/fail test and does not require any revision or preparation. It is a ‘non-verbal reasoning assessment’ which assesses how children analyse visual information (shapes and patterns) and solve problems. The test is usually held in early December. Applicants will be invited by Brooke Weston Trust to attend the assessment after the application deadline has passed.

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.

Applicants who have undertaken the test will be prioritised over those who have not.
 

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 6th form for students to apply for:

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.

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

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.

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 – to be confirmed in February 2022.

Corby Business Academy – Appeals Timetable

1st March 2022

National Offer Day

TBC

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

TBC


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

 

TBC

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

TBC

Deadline for academy responses to be returned to the Clerk

TBC

Appeal Hearings by Independent Appeal Panel

TBC

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

* Subject to COVID-19 based responses.
 

In-Year application

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

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

FAQ Admission Appeals Questions 2020-2021

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