Common questions about school admissions

What are co-ordinated admissions?

'Co-ordinated admissions' is the term used for the allocation of school places through one single system, through the local authority. This is only for Primary, Junior or Secondary school places starting in September.

Co-ordinated admissions give you the opportunity to list a number of school preferences online on our Common Application Form (CAF). The aim of the process is to offer the highest available preference.

What are In-Year admissions?

'In Year admissions' is the term used when children seek school places during the academic year.

You need to complete an In-Year application if your child is out of school and is of school age, or if you want your child to move from one school to another within the same year group. The In-Year application is not for a Primary, Junior or Secondary school place starting in September (see co-ordinated admissions).

I am looking for a school place for my child, what should I do?

If you are looking for a place during the school year you will need to follow the In Year admissions process. 'In Year admissions' is the term used when children seek school places during the academic year.

My child is transferring to secondary school next year, what do I need to do to secure a place?

Your child will need to go through the secondary transfer process which begins at the start of Year 6.

This process is co-ordinated across London which means you no longer apply directly to the school. You must apply to us (or the local council in which you are resident). Get more information about applying for a secondary school.

My child is transferring to reception, what do I need to do to secure a place?

If your child is currently attending a nursery at a primary school, they will not transfer automatically to reception the following September. Your child will need to go through the primary transfer process.

This process is co-ordinated which means you no longer apply directly to the school. You must apply to us (or the local council in which you are resident). Get more information about applying for a primary school.

My child is moving from an infant to a junior school next September, what do I need to do to secure a place?

If your child is currently in an infant school and in Year 2, the junior transfer process is not automatic. You must apply for your child's place.

This process is co-ordinated which means you do not apply directly to the school, you must apply to us (or the local council in which you are resident). Get more information about applying for a junior school.

What forms do I need to complete to apply?

You must complete a Common Application Form (CAF). This application form is used to apply for your child's school place. The CAF allows you to list up to six school preferences for your child.

If you are intending to apply to a Voluntary Aided (VA) school you are also required to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). To get this form, you can contact the school(s) directly or download a copy from our admissions criteria page.

The SIF must be completed in addition to the Common Application Form (CAF). If both forms are not completed your application to that particular school may be deemed invalid. This should be returned directly to the school.

Can I select both Brent and out of borough schools on the common application form (CAF)?

Yes. If you are completing a CAF for a school place you must apply through us (or the local council in which you are resident), not the school.

Am I guaranteed a school of my choice?

No. The law says that parents may express a preference for any school. However, if more parents express a preference for a school than the number of places available, there has to be an order of priority to decide which children to admit.

The law allows parents to appeal to an independent panel if their child is refused a place at a school of their preference.

What if I am not happy with the school I have been offered?

Please contact admissions to discuss the outcome of your application if you are unhappy with the school place you have been offered. Visit our page about appeals.

What are the published schools' admissions criteria?

The schools' admissions criteria set out the priority your child's application will be given by the school. These criteria are set by the admissions authority for that school and usually agreed by the chair of governors.

Where are the term dates for this year?

Please view term and holiday dates for further information.

Where can I find out about a school's performance?

Primary school and secondary school inspection reports and plans for Brent are available from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

The Department for Education (DfE) performance tables for primary and secondary schools are available from the school performance tables page.

Where can I find out which catchment area I fall into?

The published admissions criteria for community primary schools gives priority to children living within the school catchment area. Living in a catchment area does not guarantee you will be offered a place at that school.

This is a designated area within close proximity to the school and does not apply to Academies, Voluntary Aided schools, Foundation schools (with the exception of Sudbury Primary School) and secondary schools.

Find out which community school catchment area you're in.

Can catchment areas change?

Catchment areas form part of the admissions criteria for Brent community primary schools including Sudbury Primary School. Admissions criteria can change annually following a formal consultation.

Where can I find contact details for Brent schools?

Contact details for Brent primary and secondary schools can be found in the school finder.

For further queries contact the school admissions service.