Northampton School for Girls: admissions information

​Northampton School for Girls, Spinney Hill Road, Northampton NN3 6DG

Oversubscription criteria: September 2016 entry

Where there are more applicants than places available, following the allocation of places to students with Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN), the process of fair banding is applied and the following criteria will then be applied in order:

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) or previously in public care
  2. Students who will have an older sibling continuing at NSG at the time of admission
  3. Children of staff
  4. Up to a maximum of 10% of places (27) allocated on the basis of aptitude for music
  5. Up to a maximum of 10% of places (27) allocated on the basis of proximity to the school
  6. Other Students

Note: After the allocation of places to students with SEN, all students will be placed in five bands of cognitive ability. The following process is used:

  • The bands of cognitive ability will be of equal size and will be based on the Cognitive ability test taken in all Northampton Primary Schools. When a student has not taken a test, an estimate is provided by the Headteacher.
  • The number to be admitted from each band, after allocation of SEN places, is determined by dividing the places remaining by five.
  • The oversubscription criteria 1 to 5 in turn are then applied to each band.

Additional information about the children of staff and aptitude criterion, fair allocation and multiple births (including twins) can be found below. 

Additional information

Criterion 3 - Children of staff at the school

Children of staff directly employed by Northampton School for Girls will be allocated a place if either or both of the following conditions are met:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or
  • the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Criterion 4 - Aptitude for Music

"A child with aptitude is one who is identified as being able to benefit from teaching in a specific subject or who demonstrates a particular capacity to succeed in that subject. When considering whether the child has an aptitude for a subject the admission authority must determine whether a child demonstrates a particular capacity to learn or to develop skills in that subject, and that she can benefit from particular expertise and facilities at that school". School Admissions Code-Department for Education.

If you wish your daughter to be considered for a place under Criterion 4, Aptitude for Music, please:

  • Fill in the 'Aptitude for Music' form
  • Return it to NSG by 4.00pm on the final Friday before the school’s October half term

You should then attend NSG for the aptitude test on the morning of the second Saturday in November.

Your daughter will not need to bring a musical instrument.

Please note that the test does not require any preparation or revision.

Other Pupils – Fair Allocation

Fair, or random, allocation is used to decide which students will be offered the remaining places in each band after Criteria 1 to 5 have been applied.


This will be done by allocating places in a statistically random order generated by computer. This process is approved by the Department for Education as a fair and objective method of allocating places when there are more applicants than there are places available in any band and the number of places available is exceeded within any criterion.

Twins, triplets or other multiple births

In the case of twins/multiple births from the same household, places will be offered above the published admission number to the other twin or multiple birth children whose twin or multiple birth sibling was offered a place within the admission number. If the qualifying sibling withdraws, then the second place (or other places) is forfeit.

If you have any queries about our Admissions Policy or Procedures, please telephone the school and ask to speak to the Headteacher’s PA.

Oversubscription criteria: 2015-2016 entry

If this school receives more applications than places available, places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs that names the school as appropriate provision. Then the process of fair banding is applied. The following process will occur:

  • All applicants will be placed within five bands of cognitive ability. These bands will be of equal size and will be based on the Cognitive Ability Test taken in all Northampton Primary Schools. When a pupil has not taken the test, an estimate is provided by the head teacher of their Primary School. If this is not possible, (e.g. the child has moved from abroad), pupils will be placed randomly within the bands starting with the middle band.
  • To keep bands of equal size, it may be the case that two or more pupils with the same point score need to be split between two bands. These pupils will be identified for each band by use of a randomizer, e.g. pupils in alphabetical order are numbered. These numbers are put into a random order using an electronic randomizer. This denotes the order in which the pupils are allocated between the two bands.
  • The number of pupils to be admitted from each band is determined by dividing the places available, after the allocation of pupils with special educational needs, by five.

The oversubscription admission criteria as follows is applied to each band:

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) or previously in public care.
  2. Pupils who will have an older sibling continuing at NSG at the time of admission.
  3. Up to a maximum of 10% of places (27) allocated on the basis of aptitude for music. This test is not only for those who play a musical instrument. Please contact the school for further details. To apply on aptitude grounds you must obtain an additional form from the school/website.
  4. Up to a maximum of 10% of places (27) allocated on the basis of proximity to the school
  5. Other pupils.

Tiebreaker

If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, within any band, random allocation (fair allocation) will be used to determine to which pupils in this criterion, a place will be offered. Pupils are ordered alphabetically and numbered. These numbers are then put into a random order using electronic randomizer. This denotes the order in which these pupils will be allocated within this criterion. A more detailed explanation of this process is available at: Northampton secondary schools banding policy.

If places become vacant in some bands (e.g. from parents accepting places at other schools) they will be filled from pupils within the same band. Late applicants will be randomly placed into the bands, distributed evenly starting from the centre band. Vacant places will be filled using this method up until the start of term in September 2014. After this, any vacant places in any year groups will be filled using a randomiser irrespective of the original bands.

As with all secondary schools, the process of equal preferencing applies. This means that all applicants for Northampton School for Girls will be considered regardless of whether it is stated as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd preference. Please see our website for a detailed explanation.

If you wish to be considered under the aptitude testing criterion you must contact the school and obtain a separate application returnable to the school to be eligible for this test.

Note: Children do not have to play a musical instrument to be eligible for this test as it is an aptitude teat, not an ability test. You must contact the school for further information.
 
If this school receives more applications than there are places available, the policy of fair banding is applied.

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