Admissions & Appeals
This page explains the application process for school places at the Academy, including Year 7 through to Year 11, students with an Education, Health and Care Plan, and for the Sixth Form. This is based on the Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy which can be found here.
Application for school place in 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– 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.
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.
Further information about the non-verbal cognitive ability assessment can be found here.
Where more than 270 applications are received the following oversubscription criteria will be applied:
KSA Oversubscription criteria can be found below.
Applicants who have undertaken the test will be prioritised over those who have not.
9th September 2022
Application window opens for parents/carers
31st October 2022
|Application window closes for parents/carers|
|Late November 2022||On time applicants are invited by Brooke Weston Trust to a cognitive ability test|
|10th December 2022||Date of cognitive ability test|
1st March 2023
National Offer Day
|29th March 2023||Deadline for Appeals (further details of appeals timeline to be confirmed in February 2023)|
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.
In Year Applications (for a school places in Year 7 (after 31st December of year of entry) to Year 11)
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 – 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 Academy will consider all applications for places. Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the above oversubscription criteria will be applied. The outcome of each application will be communicated to the parent/carer within the specified timescales. If the application is unsuccessful, parents/carers will be informed as to how to submit an appeal.
In Year Waiting List
The Academy operates a waiting list for Year 7 – Year 11 places. This is held by the Local Authority. If a place is available then it will be filled by a place on the waiting list subject to the conditions set out in the oversubscription criteria. Parents/carers must notify the Local Authority if they wish their child to be on the waiting list. Parents/carers must reconfirm they wish their child to remain on the waiting list within one week of the start of each new academic term. Failure to do so may result in removal from the waiting list.
Admission arrangements for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
If your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan or a statement of special educational needs (SEN) there is a separate process for your child's school admission. Further details on how to apply can be found here.
Application for a Sixth Form place
The Academy will consider all applications into our Sixth Form. The entry requirements for all students are as follows:
5 grade 5s or above with some subject specific requirements
There are a total of 100 places available in Year 12. If applications exceed these numbers over subscription criteria will apply.
- SEN students who meet the academic criteria, whose statement names the school as the most appropriate provision and where the school can meet need
- Children in public care, including children who have previously been in public care but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.
- Children with a sibling**, see additional information, at the Academy at the time of transfer to the Sixth Form and who meet the Sixth Form entry requirement.
- Distance between permanent address***, see additional information, and the Academy as measured in a straight line from the child’s home to the Main Entrance of the Academy site (Proof of residence may be requested ****, see additional information)
In the event of a tie-break situation i.e. two addresses are exactly the same distance from the Academy; a place will be awarded on a random allocation basis.
There will be a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel for unsuccessful Post 16 applicants.
Click here to complete an application for a sixth form place. Alternatively, please see downloadable form in Word format.
The Academy operates a waiting list for Year 12 entry for the first academic year of admission. If a place is available in Year 12 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 12. Parents/carers must notify the Academy if they wish their child to be on the waiting list.
**Definition of sibling link:
- A brother or sister sharing the same parents
- A half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent
- A step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage or partnership. The partners must have co-habited in a permanent exclusive relationship (as if they were husband and wife or civil partners) for a minimum of 3 years;
- Adopted children
A brother or sister must be living at the SAME address when the application is made.
The place of residence where the student sleeps the majority of the time.
****Proof of Residence:
Documentary evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required together with proof of actual permanent residence at the property concerned. Places cannot be allocated on the basis of intended future changes of address unless house moves have been confirmed through the exchange of contracts or the signing of a formal lease agreement. The Academy reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence to support your claim to residence. The Academy will withdraw any place allocated if the address is found to be false
Parents/carers have the right to appeal an admission decision by the Academy. All appeals are heard by the Independent Appeals Panel in accordance with the School Admissions Code (2021). Please see below link to our FAQs for further information.
Year 7 place for September 2023
Appeals timetable – to be confirmed in February 2023.
If you wish to appeal an admission decision for an in-year place, download and complete the appeals form which can be found at the bottom of the page and return to Mrs C Cliffe, Office Manager. For any queries relating to appeals please contact Mrs C Cliffe, Office Manager Corinne.Cliffe@ketteringscienceacdemy.org.
A printable copy of the appeals form can be found here
School Admissions Code
The School Admissions Code (‘the Code’) has been issued under Section 84 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (‘SSFA 1998’)1. The Code has been made following a consultation under Section 85(2) of the SSFA 1998 and after being laid before Parliament for forty days.
The purpose of this Code is to ensure that all school places for maintained schools and Academies (excluding maintained special schools and special academies6) are allocated and offered in an open and fair way.
A copy of the national School Admission Code can be viewed here.