Brecknock is a two form entry primary school in the borough of Camden with up to 60 places available in each year group. Year 5 is one form entry with up to 30 places available.


We handle our own admissions to Early Education for two, three and four year olds following the Camden Community School Admissions Criteria. If you wish to make an application for your child to attend Brecknock Primary School Nursery please contact the school office on 0207 485 6334 or email

Camden Community School Admissions Criteria: 

Children should be admitted to a community school of their parents / carers’ preference where there is a place available. In the event of over-subscription to a community school, the following criteria will apply in the following order:

a)    Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangement, or special guardianship order.  This also includes previously looked after children who were in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

b)    Applicants who have a brother or sister* living at the same address on the school’s roll when they join.

*Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as the sibling.

c)    Applicants whom the Authority accepts have an exceptional social or medical need for a place at the school in question. Parents/guardians will need to submit a case supported by appropriate professional evidence from a doctor, social worker or similar professional. That evidence will need to support the link between the child’s needs and the specific school.  The local authority will also accept recommendations from the SEN exceptional needs panel for an applicant whose needs support a place at a particular school.

d)    Children whose parent has been a qualified teacher working at the relevant school for two years or more at the time of application and / or children of a qualified teacher at the relevant school who has been recruited to fill a vacancy for which there is a skill shortage.

e)    Distance measured in a straight line from the child’s home to the centre of the school, using the local authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving higher priority.

If necessary, criterion e will be used as a tiebreaker for criteria b, c, and d.

There is no fixed catchment area as the places allocated on the 5th criteria depend on the number of places remaining after places are allocated based on the first 4 criteria.

We encourage prospective parents to come and visit the school prior to any application being made. A member of the senior leadership team runs tours of the school and will answer any questions you may have, every Friday afternoon. To book a place on this tour please contact our school office. If you are bringing a child with you for entry in the middle of a school year we will endeavour to have one of their peers show them round.

If you are an Islington resident then direct admission request to the Islington Admission Team on 0207 527 5515 or email

For more information see the documentation on this page or visit the school admissions website of the local authority you reside in.

Camden Residents:

Islington Residents:

Application dates

The closing date for Reception is January 15th, preceding the school year (September –August) in which your child becomes 5.

The closing date for Nursery is the end of the February preceding the school year (September –August) in which your child becomes 4.

This means children spend a year in our Nursery prior to Reception.

Places, for a September start, are allocated for both Nursery and Reception in the April preceding the start date.

Please note that a place in our Nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception and you must make the application for Reception through Camden Admissions.

Secondary Transfer Arrangements

Children at Brecknock attend a variety of local secondary schools. There is no single school our children transition to. We encourage parents and children to visit as many schools as possible so that they can make an informed choice on their application as to their schools of choice.

Applications for secondary school places are made at the start of a child’s final year at Brecknock, year 6. Applications are made to the admissions team for the borough you reside in, regardless of the borough the school you want to go to is in. The documentation you need to do this is found on this page or more information and online applications can be made using the admissions websites listed above. The deadline for applications is 31st October.

Most schools offer open days to see the school prior to the application deadline. As information regarding these dates is provided it will appear on this page. If you have any questions regarding secondary transfer please contact the school office who will help to guide you to where you can find an answer.

Islington Secondary Booklet

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Secondary schools in Camden 2023 admissions guide

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Islington Primary Booklet

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Starting Primary School in Camden 2023 admissions guide

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