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.
Find schools in Brent
Read the admissions guide
Read our secondary school guide
, which has all the information you need including step by step instructions about how to apply online and the admission criteria for each Brent secondary school.
Get an email address
You need an email address to apply. If you do not have one go to www.googlemail.com
and ‘Create an account’
All secondary schools hold open events
so that parents/carers and children can see the school up close and learn more about what it will be like to attend there.
Don’t judge a school based on what others say – visit the school and see for yourself.
Are your preferences realistic?
Do you live close enough to qualify for a place?
Find the distance to your preferred schools using the Direct gov schools finder
. You can view the distance of the last child offered a place
to figure out if they are likely to qualify for a place in 2017.
Remember that although this information can be used to give an idea of how likely it is that your child will be offered a place, the ‘last distance’ will change every year. We can never guarantee any child will be offered a place at any school.
How will your child travel to school?
The cost of home to school travel is covered by free transport provided by Transport for London (TfL). A long journey to school on public transport my not be the best choice for your child.
Does your child have special needs?
Applicants can read the school's Ofsted reports
and check the school league tables
. It can be helpful to talk to other parents but remember that the right school for your friend’s child may not be the right school for your child.