Appeals and waiting lists

Waiting lists

Reapply to remain on the waiting list

Waiting lists for Brent schools will be refreshed during the summer break in July 2018 in preparation for the new academic year which starts in September 2018. Waiting lists for the 2017/18 academic year will close on Friday 15 June 2018.

All applicants who want to remain on a waiting list into the new academic year starting in September 2018 must complete a new in-year online application for the 2018/19 academic year.

To ensure that your child remains on the waiting list and in consideration after the end of the academic year you must make a separate 2018/19 In Year application online before Friday 20 July 2018.

In Year applications for 2018/19 will open on Monday 2 July 2018.

We will not contact applicants directly to remind them to reapply. It is the responsibility of the applicant to remember to reapply after 2 July 2018.

This will affect Brent schools whose In Year applications are coordinated by the council.

Reception, junior and secondary transfer applications

Your child will be automatically added to the waiting list for any Brent schools you listed as a higher preference than the school you were offered. For schools outside Brent you should contact the admissions authority for each school for details about how waiting lists are managed.

Waiting list will be maintained until at least the end of the autumn term 2018. To remain on the waiting list throughout the 2018/19 academic year you must reapply as advised above.

In-year applications

If we offer you a school place your child will not be going on to the waiting list for any schools you listed on your application. You must request to remain on the waiting lists and your offer letter will explain how to make the request.

If we are unable to offer you a place at any school then your child will automatically go onto the waiting list of all the schools you listed on your application.

Who has priority on the waiting list?

Your child’s place on the waiting list is determined by the school's oversubscription criteria (admission rules). When a space becomes available all children on the waiting list are considered. 

The child with the highest priority according to the school's oversubscription criteria will be offered a place. The length of time spent on the waiting list will not give priority over other applicants. 

It is possible for a child to go down as well as up the list as other children leave and join the list. Being on a waiting list is no guarantee of a place at that school.


You can appeal for a place at any school you listed as a preference on your application that you were not offered.

Where to appeal

We can only deal with appeals to community schools in Brent. Appeals for a Brent community school place should be made to us using the forms below.

Appeals for a place at foundation, voluntary aided, free schools or academies within or outside Brent, must be made in writing to the chair of governors at the school.

Appeals for a place in a community school outside Brent should be made in writing to the local authority in which the school is located.

Appeals are heard by an independent appeal panel.

It is essential that you read and understand the appeals process before submitting a request for an appeal.

We can assist in the appeals process in certain cases. During the process if you want to talk to anyone about your application, please contact the Brent School Admissions Service.

Appeals forms

Appeals processes vary according to what school year your child is applying for.

School yearAction required
Reception, Year 1 and 2 Complete the Key Stage 1 (KS1) school admissions appeals form
Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 Complete the Key Stage 2 (KS2) school admissions appeals form
Secondary school (Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and sixth form) All Brent secondary schools are foundation, voluntary aided, free schools or academies. Appeal in writing to the chair of governors.