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Admissions Information

Admissions Information for Reception and Year 7 Places in September 2020

To apply for a place in Reception or Year 7 parents/carers will need to apply through the Northamptonshire County Council/Cambridgeshire County Council admissions process. All parent/carers are required to complete the Local Authority Common Preference Form in accordance with the established timelines. Further details can be found on their websites (Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire). We advise that parents visit the academy they are interested in applying for.

  Primary Secondary
Closing dates for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 15th January 2020 5pm, Thursday 31st October 2019
Cognitive ability test*: Not applicable Saturday 7th December 2019
Offers made: Thursday 16th April 2020 Monday 2nd March 2020

*cognitive ability test for Year 7 Places

All applicants for a Year 7 place in our Northamptonshire academies will be required to sit a Cognitive Ability Test as part of the admissions process. Following your application to the Local Authority, a letter will be sent (in late November) to all parents/carers detailing the arrangements for the cognitive ability test (including time and venue). If you are unable to attend the allocated session, please telephone the number on the letter in order that alternative arrangements can be made. If you have not received a letter advising you of your allocated session, please email

All applicants taking the test will be placed in one of nine bands (stanines) 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. This is therefore not a 'pass' or 'fail' test. When the academy receives more applications than their published admission number, the oversubscription criteria of that academy will be applied to determine those children who will be offered places. Please see the BWT Admissions Policy for further information.


If, once you have received notification from the Local Authority, your child has been unsuccessful in obtaining a place at any of our Brooke Weston Trust schools, you are entitled to appeal that decision. If you wish to appeal, please visit the individual academy websites or contact the main reception for details of the process you will need to follow.

For a place in any other year group we recommend that parents contact the academy in the first instance in order that we can liaise with Admissions Team at Northamptonshire County Council/Cambridgeshire County Council over the offering of a school place.

For information regarding admissions for students with statements of sen or ehc (education, health and care plan) please visit the individual academy websites.

for information regarding in year applications and appeals for year 7 (after December 31st of the year of entry) - year 11, please visit the individual academy websites.

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions about appeals. 


Admissions Policy Consultation

Brooke Weston Trust is consulting on its admissions policy for 2021-2022. The changes we are proposing are as follows:

School Name DfE Number Details of proposed changes for Sept 2021 intake:
Beanfield Primary 928/2030 No changes proposed
Compass Primary 928/2201 No changes proposed
Gretton Primary 928/2043 No changes proposed
Oakley Vale Primary 928/3513 No changes proposed
Brooke Weston Academy 928/6907 Increase in sixth form PAN for external students (from 30 to 50); amendment to oversubscription criteria and programme offer and entry requirements.
    Addition that Brooke Weston Academy will be operating an in-year waiting list.
Corby Business Academy 928/6906 Addition that Corby Business Academy will be operating an in-year waiting list.
Corby Technical School 928/4003 Addition that Corby Technical School will be operating an in-year waiting list.
    Subject to a successful significant change application and ESFA advice, from September 2021 Corby Technical School will cease to operate a sixth form of its own. 
Kettering Science Academy 928/6909 Addition that Kettering Science Academy will be operating an in-year waiting list.
Peckover Primary School 873/2094 No changes proposed
Thomas Clarkson Academy 873/4000

Proposed changes to oversubscription criteria to follow:

  1. Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children (see paragraph 5.9.1 for definition of ‘Looked After Children’).
  2. Children with a sibling link (See paragraph 5.9.3 for definition of ‘sibling’).
  3. 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.
  4. Children living in the catchment area that attend a Primary School within the catchment area. These are (in alphabetical order): Alderman Payne Primary School; Beaupre Primary; Elm Primary; Elm Road Primary; Friday Bridge Primary; Gorefield Primary School; Guyhirn Primary; Kinderley Primary; Leverington Primary Academy; Murrow Primary Academy; Orchards CofE Primary School; Peckover Primary; Ramnoth Junior School; St Peter's CofE Aided Junior School - Academy; Wisbech St Mary CofE Academy
  5. Children living within the catchment area at the time of application.

Any remaining applications will be allocated using the following criteria:

  1. Children that attend a Primary school within the catchment area but do not live within the catchment area.
  2. Other children based on the distance between home and school.  Priority will be given to children who live in Cambridgeshire according to the shortest straight-line distance.

Proposed changes to sixth form oversubscription criteria:

  1. Looked after Children (LAC) and all previously Looked after Children.
  2. Sibling link – children who will have an older sibling attending the Academy at the time of admission in Years 7 to 13 or had a sibling in Year 13 on National Secondary Allocation Day.
  3. Children of any member of staff employed by Thomas Clarkson Academy
  4. Children that attended Thomas Clarkson Academy in Year 11.
  5. Children living within the catchment area at the time of application.
  6. Other children based on the distance between home and school.  Priority will be given to children who live in Cambridgeshire according to the shortest straight-line distance.
    PAN increase to 270

Please feedback your views on any of the above proposed changes by contacting us at The consultation period for all proposed admissions changes will end on Friday 20th December and all feedback will be considered by Brooke Weston Trust prior to any changes being formally made to the Policy.

Northamptonshire County Council have asked Brooke Weston Trust to accept 90 more Year 7 students in our Corby schools in September 2020. 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 only and there is no permanent change to the published admissions number for each school.