It is important to plan and prepare before you start your application. Read our top tips to help you decide which schools to apply for.
Types of schools
Visit the GOV.UK website for an explanation of the types of schools.
Are your preferences realistic?
- Consider how likely it is that your child will be offered a place at your preferred schools.
- Read the admissions criteria for each school and look to see which criteria apply to your child.
- Visit the website of the school you are interested in to see their admissions criteria.
Do you meet the school’s admissions criteria?
You can view the information about how places have been offered previously to work out if your child is likely to qualify for a place. However, it is important to keep in mind that this information can be used to give an idea of how likely it is that your child will be offered a place. We can never guarantee any child will be offered a place at any school. The ‘last distance’ will change every year.
Don’t judge a school based on what others say – visit the schools on your shortlist. Most schools will hold open day or evening events so you can visit the school and see it for yourself.
Read Ofsted reports
Brent has many ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ schools. You can view the latest reports on the Ofsted website for each school.
How will your child travel to school?
A long journey to school on public transport may not be the best choice for a child. Work out how long it will take, what public transport options there are and if buses or trains run at the right times to get your child to and back from school.
Consider what is best for your child
Remember that the right school for your friend’s child may not be the right school for your child. Don’t judge a school based on what others say – do your research, visit the school and see for yourself.