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Admissions Information

Application for entry into Year 7 in September 2022

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.

Applications open for the September 2022 entry on 10th September 2021. Parents will be able to apply for secondary school places for September 2022 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.

Important update about the BWT admissions fair banding assessment for September 2022 

The BWT admissions fair banding assessment will not be taking place this year for entry into September 2022 for Brooke Weston Academy, Corby Business Academy, Corby Technical School and Kettering Science Academy. Further information can be found on the Trust website. If you have any queries, please contact

BWT Admissions Testing

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 2022 Admissions
10th September 2021 Online applications open and Information to parents/carers
31st October 2021 Closing date for applications (5.00pm). Applications received after this date will not be processed (until additional rounds of allocations)
Late November Ontime applicants will receive an invite by Brooke Weston Trust to the cognitive ability test in December
11th December 2021 Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Test (From one site in Corby and on site in Kettering), however this was cancelled due to COVID
1st March 2022 National Offer Day - Offers made to parents/carers by NCC
8th April 2022

Deadline for all appeal forms to be submitted (5.00pm). Further details of appeals timeline to be confirmed in February 2022.

Monday 6th June- Thursday 9th June 2022 Appeal hearings by Appeal Panel

Appeals Information for Parents

Applications for entry into Year 7 for September 2022

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 2022:

Update regarding Year 7 admission appeals for entry in September 2022. 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 (

1st March 2022

Offer Day

8th April 2022 5pm

Deadline for parents to lodge written Appeal

Tuesday 3rd May 2022

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

Thursday 26th May 2022

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

Monday 6th June - Thursday 9th June 2022

Appeal Hearings by Appeal Panel

Thursday 16th June 2022

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

Information for Parents/Carers - Appeals held for September 2021 entry 

BWT Academy Number of Appeals Heard Appeals Upheld
Brooke Weston Academy 37  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.

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