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3 January 2017


If your child is due to start school in September 2017 you must apply before the deadline: 15 January 2017.


  • Primary or Infant school - for children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013
  • Transfer to Junior School - forchildren born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 who currently attend an infant school in Year 2


Parents or carers should remember that expressing a preference is not the same as choosing which school their child will attend. Many schools in Brent receive more applications than there are places available.


Parents or carers are advised to make realistic preferences by researching the admissions criteria of their preferred schools to determine how likely they are to be successful.


Parents or carers are encouraged to list up to six preferences on their application and include the schools nearest to home amongst their preferences. Listing only one school does not increase the chances of success.


On-time applicants have priority over late applicants who miss out on their preferred schools every year. Don't miss the deadline - apply now!


Cllr Margaret McLennan, Brent Council's Deputy Leader, said:


"It is incredibly important for our young people in Brent to be given the best start in life and this involves making sure that their first school place is one they will be happy with.


"Education is the starting block from which our young people can go on to have a successful life and career, so it is incredibly important that parents and carers take a closer look at the opportunities that are available in our schools.


"If they haven't done so already, I'd encourage them to research which schools they would like to apply to, use all six preferences and apply before the deadline of 15 January."


Detailed information and the online application form is available online at


Offers for reception and junior schools will be released on 18 April 2017.