Admissions criteria for schools in Brent
Admissions arrangements for Brent community schools
When there are more applications for Brent community schools than there are places available, pupils are offered places according to the oversubscription criteria listed below.
Children with special educational needs (SEN) who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) have priority over other applicants for admission to the school named on their plan. Read more about the school application process for children with SEN.
The oversubscription criteria for entry to Brent community schools in 2020/21 are:
1. Looked after or previously looked after children
A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order.
2. Children adopted from state care outside of England
Children who appear to Brent Council to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.
3. Children attending infant school
Children attending an infant school on the same site as a junior school (for applications to junior schools only).
4. Medical or social needs
Exceptional circumstances to do with significant medical needs and/or social needs.
5. Siblings in the catchment area
Brothers or sisters of a child who attends the school, or an infant or junior school on the same or adjoining site, living in the catchment area of the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission.
6. Staff Children
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.
7. Children inside the catchment area
Children living within the school's catchment area. The catchment area is the defined neighbourhood in which the school is located. It is generally bounded by major roads and/or railway/tube. Read more about catchment areas for Brent schools.
8. Children with brothers or sisters at the school
Brothers or sisters of a child who attends the school, or an infant or junior school on the same or adjoining site, and who will continue to do so on the date of admission.
9. All other children
Children who do not meet any higher criteria will be considered under this criterion.
The catchment area is the defined neighbourhood in which the school is located. It is generally bounded by major roads and/or railway/tube. Read more about catchment areas for Brent schools.
Within each criterion priory will be given to applicants living nearest to the school.
The distance from home to school will be measured by straight-line, from a point in the property to a point in the school determined by the grid references set by the Ordnance Survey.
The measuring system is an integral part of the admission software, uses Ordnance Survey maps and the LLPG (Local Land Property Gazetteer) and is accurate to 1 metre.
Full admission arrangements and schemes of co-ordination
The following admission arrangements will apply for applications to Community Schools during Reception and Junior Allocation for September 2021.
The following admission arrangements apply for applications to Community Schools during Reception and Junior Allocation for September 2020.