Who enjoys priority?

Brothers and sisters

Is one of your children attending the school you wish to register its sibling in already? In that case, its brothers and sisters will be given priority during registration. They have first option to register for 1st grade of secondary education. Go to the school between 7 and 18 January 2019. Once that period has expired, siblings no longer enjoy priority.

Also children of members of staff register then. Brothers and sisters of pupils get first priority. After that, and as long as there are places left, the children of members of staff of the school are given priority.

Children of members of staff

Are you working in the school where you wish to register your child? In that case, your child enjoys priority when registering for 1st grade of secondary education. Go to the school between 7 and 18 January 2019. Once that period has expired, children of members of staff no longer enjoy priority.

Also brothers and sisters of pupils who are registered already will apply for a place then. Brothers and sisters of pupils get first priority. After that, and as long as there are places available, the children of school staff are given priority.

Dutch-speaking parents

Pupils with at least 1 parent who is sufficiently proficient in Dutch enjoy priority when registering for the 2019-2020 school year. This priority applies to 55% of the places.

GOK/non-GOK pupils

GOK stands for 'equal educational opportunities’. Schools have places for GOK children (25%) and for non-GOK children (75%). GOK children have a mum who doesn't have a diploma of secondary education or who receive a school allowance. Non-GOK children do not.

 

How do I qualify for the priority arrangement Dutch?

Check out the site in Dutch.

How do I qualify for the priority arrangement GOK?

You will need to furnish the school with at least 1 of the following documents:

  • Proof that the family was in receipt of a school allowance during the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school year.
  • A statement that the mother does not have a diploma of secondary education, a certificate of the 2nd grade of the 3rd stage of vocational secondary education, or similar proof of study.

How do I qualify for the priority arrangement non-GOK?

You will need to furnish the school with the following documents:

  • A declaration of honour that the family is not in receipt of a school allowance.
  • A diploma of secondary education or a certificate of the 2nd grade of the 3rd stage of vocational secondary education, or a similar proof of study.

Why do GOK and non-GOK pupils enjoy priority simultaneously?

Since 1 September 2012, a new right of registration applies. This right of registration fosters a social mix within education and is the reason why GOK and non-GOK pupils enjoy priority simultaneously.
Schools divide all the grade-specific available places into 2 groups: GOK and non-GOK. The LOP determines the percentage of GOK and non-GOK places. All the pupils who applied for a place are put in the correct group. If one group is full and if there are still places left in the other group but no more candidates, the places are moved to the other group.

How are the priority places calculated?

The school determines its overall capacity. There are GOK places (25%) and non-GOK places (75%). 55% of the non-GOK places are for pupils with a parent who is sufficiently proficient in Dutch. GOK pupils with a parent who have a sufficient command of Dutch also enjoy priority. But they are not included in the 55%. The school will give any pupil who applied for a place already a place in the correct priority group. Then the school calculates the places it has left.

Will the school check my documents?

Yes. If you claim to enjoy priority (Dutch, GOK or non-GOK), you must also be able to substantiate this on the basis of a document. The school will ask you for the relevant documents when you apply for a place. When you go about registering your child you will need to take these documents with you. In other words, the school will check the documents twice. If your documents are correct, your child will be given priority. If the documents are incorrect, your child will lose its priority status.

What is the LOP?

LOP Brussels (Local Consultation Platform for equal educational opportunities) is an assembly of all the Dutch-speaking schools in the Brussels-Capital Region and their partners. Its task is to put the necessary arrangements in place to maximise equal educational opportunities for all pupils. The LOP is an initiative of the Flemish Minister for Education and Training.