Application for entry into Year 7 in September 2023
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 at the Northamptonshire County Council – details on how to apply applications can be made online or by paper. Please note that you will be required to submit three preferences. Applicants cannot be guaranteed that they will be offered one of their preferences.
The number of students who are admitted to Brooke Weston Academy in Year 7 will be 180.
Cognitive Ability Test
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 being held on Saturday 10th December. Applicants will be invited by Brooke Weston Trust to attend the assessment after the application deadline has passed.
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.
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:
a) Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children
b) 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. (Demonstrable skill shortage will only normally apply to qualified teacher positions, where the school has continually been unable to recruit)
c) Children who have a sibling link
d) Children who live in the linked area
e) Other children based on the distance between the home address and school (see below for definition of ‘distance’).
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. The random allocation will be generated electronically and will be verified by an independent observer to guarantee fairness.
If the Admission Number is exceeded within criterion (e) , in the case where the distances from home address to school address point are the same (for example, multiple applications for the same shared dwelling occurs i.e. flats), a randomiser will be used to decide the priority in which pupils are selected. The random allocation process will be subject to independent verification.
"Corby" means the town of Corby and the associated villages for Corby secondary schools.
The associated villages are:
Brigstock, Cottingham, East Carlton, Great Oakley, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Little Stanion, Lyveden, Middleton, Rockingham, Stanion and Weldon.
Distance 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. Year 7 Waiting Lists The following arrangements apply to Brooke Weston Academy
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.
For further information about admissions, please refer to the Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy
Timetable for September 2023 Admissions
|9th September 2022||Online applications open and Information to parents/carers|
|31st October 2022||Closing date for applications (5.00pm). Applications received after this date will not be processed (until additional rounds of allocations)|
|Late November 2022||On time applicants will receive an invite by Brooke Weston Trust to the cognitive ability test in December|
|10th December 2022||Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Test in Corby and Kettering|
|1st March 2023||National Offer Day - Offers made to parents/carers by NCC|
|4th May 2023||
Deadline for Appeals
|7th-12th June 2023||Appeal hearings by Appeal Panel|
If the application is unsuccessful, parents/carers will be informed as to how to submit an appeal.
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/carers must notify the Academy if they wish their child to be on the waiting list.
Appeals Information for Parents
Applications for entry into Year 7 for September 2023
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 2023:
Update regarding Year 7 admission appeals for entry in September 2023. Please note, this information is only for families who had lodged an appeal by the deadline. No further appeals can be accepted.
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.
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 (Alison.Ralph1@brookeweston.org).
Wednesday 1st March 2023
Friday 14th April 2023
Deadline for parents to lodge written Appeal
Thursday 4th May 2023
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
Wednesday 31st May 2023
Deadline for any further evidence from the Academy or from parents that was not sent with the original Appeal, to be submitted to the Clerk of the Independent Appeals Panel
Wednesday 7th June-Monday 12th June 2023
Appeal Hearings by Appeal Panel
Monday 19th June 2023
Deadline for Decision Letters to be sent by the Clerk to Parents
Information for Parents/Carers - Appeals held for September 2022 entry
|BWT Academy||Number of Appeals Heard||Appeals Upheld|
|Brooke Weston Academy||57 heard||2 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. SEPT 2023 Forms are available below.