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Admissions Information

Application for entry into Year 7 in September 2021

BWA Proposal to Change Admission Policy

Please be advised that the Brooke Weston Trust has taken part in Northamptonshire County Council consultation on school admission arrangements for 2022 intake. This consultation is now complete and the admissions policy can be found on the BWT website.

Testing not to go ahead for 2021 Intake

Traditionally those applying to Brooke Weston Academy, Corby Business Academy, Corby Technical School and Kettering Science Academy are invited, by the Brooke Weston Trust, to take part in 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 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 letter below for more details and another answering some of the frequently asked questions during the consultation.

Applications open for the September 2021 entry on 10th September 2020. Parents will be able to apply for secondary school places for September 2021 from this date by applying to School Admissions at Northamptonshire County Council – details on how to apply. The number of students who are admitted to Brooke Weston Academy in Year 7 will be 180.

Northamptonshire County Temporary Admissions Bulge

Northamptonshire County Council have asked Brooke Weston Trust to accept 90 more Year 7 students in our Corby schools in September 2021. This is to meet the temporary bulge in student numbers in the local area. We are pleased to help the local authority fulfil their obligation to provide a school place for every child and to ensure less children have to travel out of the town. We are able to provide the requested additional places in our two outstanding secondary schools: Corby Technical School will offer an additional 84 places and Brooke Weston Academy will offer an additional 6 places. This arrangement is for September 2020 and September 2021 only and there is no permanent change to the published admissions number for each school.

BWT Admissions Testing

Due to COVID, testing has not happened for this September 2021 intake

Normally as part of the admissions process, all applicants will be required to sit a cognitive ability assessment. This is because the Academy receives more applications for places than the PAN, after students with an EHC Plan where Brooke Weston Academy is named the appropriate provision have been admitted. All applicants will be placed in one of nine 'stanines' based on the results of the ability test and places will be allocated in a proportion that reflects the national ability range. Students who did not take the ability test will only be considered if there are places remaining once empty places have been offered to all those who did take the test. Further information about the assessment.

Where we receive more applications than we have places, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied - After the admission of children with an EHCP where Brooke Weston Academy is named as the appropriate provision, the following criteria will be applied to determine those children that will be offered places within each stanine: The criteria are listed in priority order:

  1. Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children.
  2. 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 school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage in the area.
  3. Children who have an older sibling who is attending the Academy at the point of application and who is expected to be on roll at the point of admission - (See Appendix 1 for definition of 'sibling')
  4. Children living in Corby and Kettering.
  5. Other children based on the distance between home and school. Measurements will be carried out 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.

If the Admission Number is exceeded within criterion (b), (c) or (d) all places within that year group will be allocated at random in the priority order listed above. The random allocation will ensure that the correct proportions are allocated from each stanine. 50% of the places will be allocated to students from Corby and 50% to students from Kettering. The random allocation will be generated electronically and will be verified by an independent observer to guarantee fairness.

Where there is a large proportion of siblings in an individual stanine, it may not always be possible to admit all siblings within that stanine. It may also not be possible to ensure an exact 50% intake from Corby and 50% intake from Kettering. In this case the remaining places in a stanine will be allocated at random in order to get as close as possible to the 50% intake from Corby and 50% from Kettering.

For further information about admissions, please refer to the Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy

Timetable for September 2021 Admissions
10th September 2020 Online applications open and Information to parents/carers
31st October 2020 Closing date for applications (5.00pm). Applications received after this date will not be processed (until additional rounds of allocations)
Testing did not occur due to COVID Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Test (From one site in Corby and on site in Kettering), however this is still to be confirmed
1st March 2021 Offers made to parents/carers by NCC
13th April 2021

Deadline by which all appeal forms must be submitted by 5.00pm

28th June - 2nd July 2021 Appeal hearings by Appeal Panel

Appeals Information for Parents

Applications for entry into Year 7 for September 2021

If you receive notification from the Local Authority that your child has been unsuccessful in obtaining a place at Brooke Weston Academy, you are entitled to appeal that decision. If you wish to appeal, please download the appeal form and send the completed form in to Mrs Alison Ralph at the Academy address given on the form and at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to access the document please contact the Academy Reception on 01536 396366 between 09:00 and 16:00 (Monday to Friday) who will be able to provide you with further assistance.

Brooke Weston Academy appeals timetable for Applications concerning entry into Year 7 for September 2021:

Update regarding Year 7 admission appeals for entry in September 2021. Please note, this information is only for families who had lodged an appeal by the deadline of TBC. No further appeals can be accepted.

In light of the current coronavirus pandemic and the government’s current social distancing measures, Brooke Weston Trust is adapting its admission appeals procedures for September 2021. We will be using postal/electronic mail rather than face to face hearings, which will ensure all appeals are processed in a fair, transparent manner without any undue delay. We are taking this step in accordance with recent guidance issued by the Department for Education.

The Independent Appeal Panel have adjusted their schedule to enable adequate time for each appeal they receive to be considered in detail.

On this page you will find the updated schedule setting out the key deadlines you must adhere to for submission of any further evidence or questions you may have for the panel. To assist you in your appeal we have also produced a set of ‘frequently asked questions’ covering queries you may have regarding the process.

You will be contacted by the Appeal Clerk before your appeal is to be considered. At that point you will receive: a procedural note detailing the precise steps you will need to follow, the key contact information for the Appeal Clerk and a summary of the process that will be followed by the Independent Appeal Panel. 

Please ensure that you look at this website page for any further updates which may be published should government advice or the timetable for appeals need to be amended. If you have any questions, please direct these to Alison Ralph (

Monday 1st March 2021

Offer Day

13th April 2021

Deadline for parents to lodge written Appeal

7th May 2021

Deadline for parents 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 to send Appeal Papers to the Panel and relevant Parties

21st May 2021

Parent/Carer questions to be with Appeal Clerk. Appeal clerk to circulate to school.

11th June 2021

School responses to parent questions to be with Appeal Clerk

28th June - 2nd July 2021

Appeal Hearings by Appeal Panel

9th July 2021

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

Information for Parents/Carers - Appeals held for September 2020 entry 

BWT Academy Number of Appeals Heard Appeals Upheld
Brooke Weston Academy 26 heard 1 upheld

If you have any questions regarding Appeals please contact Miss Alison Ralph at Brooke Weston Academy. In order to submit an appeal please complete one of the forms below.

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