Admission changes for Brent community schools

Parents of children who are starting primary school in September 2017 are being urged to make sure they know about changes to the admissions arrangements for Brent community primary schools.

Changes were previously agreed by Cabinet in 2015 and 2016 and affect the over-subscription criteria (or rules) used by Brent's 31 community primary, infant and junior schools.  The over-subscription criteria are used to determine who have priority for places when there are more applications than places.

Note: The changes do not apply to Brent's voluntary aided, academy, church or free schools which have their own rules for admission.

New over-subscription criteria for Brent community schools

Catchment Area Priority (introduced for September 2016 admissions)

Priority is now given to children living within the catchment area over siblings as follows: Siblings living within the catchment area are offered first, followed by all others living within the catchment area, followed by siblings living outside the catchment area.

Families who have a sibling connection at a specific school but who live outside the catchment area of that school will have lower priority than all other applicants living within the catchment area.

Children of staff (introduced for September 2017 admissions)

A new criterion giving priority children of members of staff at the school. Priority is given to children whose parent is a member of staff who has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time of application or has been recruited to fill a vacancy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Home to school distance

The method used to measure home to school distance has changed to straight line distance from September 2016 admissions onwards.

For Brent community schools, distance will be measured by straight-line, from a point in the property to a point in the school determined by the grid references for the centre of the school’s postcode. The measuring system is an integral part of the admission software produced by Servelec Synergy Ltd, uses Ordnance Survey maps and the LLPG (Local Land Property Gazetteer) and is accurate to one metre.

Measurements from 2015 and earlier were calculated using the shortest walking distance method. This means that cut off distances from 2015 or earlier can not be used to gauge the likelihood of being offered a place this year.  However cut-off distances from admission in 2016 can be used to determine the likelihood of success the year.

Changes for September 2018

Parents are also being asked for their views on the proposed admissions arrangements for schools in Brent for September 2018 admissions.

This information was first published on 9 November 2015. Last updated on 13 January 2017.