Kettering Science Academy:admissions information

​Kettering Science Academy, Deeble Road, Kettering, Northants NN15 7AA

Oversubscription criteria: September 2016 entry

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria (and order).

After the admission of pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs where the Kettering Science Academy is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

  1. 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 residence/child arrangements order or special guardianship order.
  2. Children on roll at Kettering Science Academy Year 6 primary at the time of application and continuing on roll until admission into Year 7 in the September of that year.
  3. Pupils with an older sibling continuing at the Academy at the time of admission of the younger child. (See below for definition of ‘sibling’).
  4. Children who live in the villages linked to the Academy-Broughton, Cransley, Mawsley, and Pytchley.
  5. Children of staff where that 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 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).
  6. Applicants who live in the defined area as described below; Within the area bordered by; Barton Road where it meets the River Ise, A6900 London Road up to A4300 to include Naseby Road where it borders the River Ise. This includes all roads leading from main roads directly feeding off Deeble Road. All houses within this defined area.
  7. Other children.

Distance Tiebreaker

If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those children who live nearest to the school, as measured from the address point of their home to the address point of the school. Although a distance Tiebreaker applies, given the admissions test, this is only likely to be relevant when:

  • A particular band is oversubscribed; and
  • Two or more students have exactly the same admissions test score.

In such circumstances, priority will go to children that live nearest to the address point of the school.

All applicants taking the test will be placed in one of nine bands 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.

Children who do not take the ability test will only be considered if there are remaining places available after allocations have been made to those who did.

Sibling Definition and other sibling link information

The Academy considers a sibling connection to relate to any of the following:

  • 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 parents marriage
  • Adopted or fostered children living in the same household under the terms of a residence order

The Academy does not consider there to be a sibling connection in respect to the following:

  • Cousins or other family relationships not included above
  • Where the claimed sibling link will not be a registered student at the Academy at the start of the new academic year
  • Where the siblings do not live at the same address

For the sibling link to apply, one of the siblings must be a registered pupil at the named Academy. It would not be sufficient, for example, if the sibling had been a student in the past.

Joint arrangements if the child lives part week elsewhere

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 most of the school week. If the child spends equal amounts of time at the two addresses, the parents must agree which address they wish to be the child’s main address.

Oversubscription criteria: 2015-2016 entry

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria (and order) set below.

After the admission of pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs where the Kettering Science Academy is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

All children admitted under criteria 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 will be required to undertake a cognitive ability test. Applicants will be invited to attend for approximately two hours on Saturday, 13th December 2014 at a location in either Corby or Kettering.

Test Takers will be divided into 9 bands based on the results of the test, and places will be allocated to each band in proportion to national averages. Children who take the test will be given priority over children who do not.

Priority to the criteria will be given in the following order:

  1. 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. 
  2. Children with an older sibling continuing at the Academy at the time of admission of the younger child (See Appendix below 1 for definition of ‘sibling’)
  3. Children who live in the villages linked to the Academy; Broughton, Cransley, Mawsley and Pytchley. 
  4. Applicants who live in the defined area as described below; Within the area bordered by; Barton Road where it meets the River Ise, A6900 London Road up to A4300 to include Naseby Road where it borders the River Ise. This includes all roads leading from main roads directly feeding off Deeble Road. All houses within this defined area.
  5. Other children.

Distance Tiebreaker

If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school. Measurements are carried out in a straight line based on a straight line basis from the child’s home to the address point of the school. Home will be determined as the address declared on the Common Preference Form.

Although a Distance Tiebreaker applies, given the admissions test, this is only likely to be relevant when:

  • A particular band is oversubscribed
  • Two or more students have exactly the same admissions test score.

All applicants taking the test will be placed in one of nine bands 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.

Children who do not take the ability test will only be considered if there are remaining places available after allocations have been made to those who did.

Appendix 1 - Sibling Definition and other Sibling Link Information

For administration purposes, the Trust considers a sibling connection to relate to any of the following:

  • 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 under the terms of a Residence Order

The Trust does not consider there to be a sibling connection in respect to the following:

  • Cousins or other family relationships not included in (1) above
  • Where the claimed sibling link will not be a registered pupil at the Academy at the start of the new academic year
  • Where the siblings do not live at the same address.

For the sibling link to apply, one of the siblings must be a registered pupil at the named Academy. It would not be sufficient, for example, if the sibling had been a pupil in the past.

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 the text of the Annex provides as follows:

  • Nursery pupils: Sibling to be in attendance currently and at the date of admission
  • Primary pupils: Sibling link only applies to students with an older sibling at the Academy at the time of admission
  • Secondary pupils: Sibling link only applies to students with an older sibling at the Academy at the time of admission
  • Post-16: Sibling link applies to students with an older or younger sibling at the Academy at the time of admission

Joint arrangements if child lives part week elsewhere

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 most of the school week. If the child spends equal amounts of time at the two addresses, the parents must agree which address they wish to be the child’s main address.

The full admissions policy is available at: www.brookewestontrust.org

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