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Admissions & Appeals

All Year 6 students who have selected a Brooke Weston Trust Academy as one or more of their preferred schools will need to sit the GL Non-Verbal Reasoning Assessment on Saturday 5th December 2020

The assessment must be sat on this date for students to remain eligible for a place in September 2021.

The Brooke Weston Trust is currently reviewing how best to conduct its fair banding testing arrangements for September 2021 entry. The process requires close coordination with the Local Authority who inform us which children we need to invite after they receive the Common Application Form from parents at the end of October.

It currently remains our intention to invite all Year 6 applicants to attend a test session at a BWT site in December 2020. We are working on a plan to do this in a safe and Covid secure way. We will publish more details shortly.

Should it become clear at any point that testing will not be possible, we will liaise with the Local Authority immediately and publish alternative arrangements on our school and Trust websites.

To apply for a place at Kettering Science Academy, please contact school admissions at Northamptonshire County Council. "How to apply for a school place" for further information please visit

Operation of waiting lists

Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the Northamptonshire County Council 's co-ordinated admission scheme, the Academy will operate a waiting list for each year group.

Where in any year Kettering Science Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a banded waiting list for that academic year of admission will operate until the end of the Autumn term. This will be maintained by the Academy Trust and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child's name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

All 'in year' applications should be made to Northamptonshire County Council who will then pass these names onto the Academy.

For children applying for a place in year, the Academy will either offer a 'wash-up' ability test or seek an alternative measure of performance (e.g. previous Head's assessment) to determine which band a child will be placed in.

Children's position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out in the paragraph above.

Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

Arrangements for admitting students to other year groups, including to replace any students who have left Kettering Science Academy

Local authorities will co-ordinate admissions for in-year applications and for applications for year groups other than the normal point(s) of entry. This will not affect Academies' right to determine which applicants have priority for admission.

Subject to any provisions in the Northamptonshire County Council's co-ordinated admission arrangements relating to applications submitted for years other than the normal year of entry, the Academy Trust will consider all such applications and if the year group applied for has a place available, admit the child unless one of the permitted reliefs apply.

If more applications are received than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria shall apply. Parents whose application is turned down shall be entitled to appeal.

Admission Timeline - KSA 2020

Thursday 10th September 2020

Applications process opens.

Saturday 31st October 2020 @ 5pm

Deadline for Applications to Local Authority.


Friday 20th November 2020

Local Authority to forward validated data to schools.

Before 23rd November 2020

BWT Overprint File to GL Assessment

Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Test materials arrive (to BWT central office)

Saturday 5th December 2020

Brooke Weston Trust Admissions test.
One site in Corby; one site in Kettering.

Monday 7th December 2020

Collection of test materials by courier

(from one site in Corby and one site in Kettering)

Monday 4th January 2021 Test results emailed from GL Assessment
Tuesday 12th January 2021 Ranked lists returned to Local Authority

For further information on Year 7 admissions please click on this link.

Click here for Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy

Information for Parents regarding appeals:

If, once you have received notification from the Local Authority, your child has been unsuccessful in obtaining a place at Kettering Science Academy, you are entitled to appeal that decision. If you wish to appeal, please download the KSA Appeal Form  and send the completed form in to Mrs C Cliffe at the Academy address given on the form. If you are unable to access the document please contact reception on 01536 532700 between 9am and 4pm and you will be able to give details of your name and address so that we can send the Appeals Form to you.

Please click below for full details of the appeals timeline for Kettering Science Academy.