Admission changes for Brent community schools

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

Please have your say on our current consultation regarding the Community School Admission Arrangements for 2020/2021.

Changes were previously agreed by Cabinet in 2015, 2016 and 2019 and affect the over-subscription criteria (or rules) used by Brent's 30 community primary, infant and junior schools.  The over-subscription criteria are used to determine who has priority for places when there are more applications than places.

Note: The changes do not apply to Brent's voluntary aided, academy, foundation 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 given to children living within the catchment area over children living outside the catchment area 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 and then all other children 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.

Find more information about school catchment areas.

Children of members of staff at the school (introduced for September 2017 admissions)

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.

Children adopted from state care outside England (introduced for September 2020 admissions)

A new criterion giving high priority to children adopted from state care outside England will be introduced for admissions to primary school from September 2020.

Determined admission arrangements for 2020/2021

The council has determined its admission arrangements and scheme of co-ordination for admissions to community primary schools for 2020/2021.

Find further information on admissions criteria for schools in Brent.