Primary school admissions
Starting reception in 2015/16
Pupils usually start primary school in the year of their fifth
birthday. If your child was born between September 1, 2010 and
August 31, 2011 this will be from September 2015.
Before you apply
Please read the Starting
school in Tower Hamlets booklet (PDF, 1.7mb) for
information on how to apply for a reception place.
You can also get a copy from Tower Hamlets primary schools or by
contacting the Pupil Services team on 020 7364 5006.
How to apply for a place
You can search
for a school and apply
online or complete a paper application form.
If you make an online application you should not complete a
You can apply online now and until January 15,
2015. Please call Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006 for
If your child has not been offered a place at a school of your
preference you can appeal against that decision. The appeal panel
is independent of the council and schools in the borough.
Infant class size legislation applies to appeals for children
starting reception. This means that a class must not contain more
than 30 pupils with a single school teacher. Parents should note
that there are only very limited circumstances where reception
appeals are successful.
If you wish to appeal you can download an admission
appeals form (PDF 187kb) or call Pupil
Services. Please include any evidence or supporting material with
your appeal form and you must give the grounds for your appeal at
the time the appeal is lodged. You may appeal for more than one
For your appeal to be heard in June 2015, you will need to
submit your appeal form by May 14, 2015. Appeals
received after this date will result in a delay to your appeal
being heard. Please read the appeal
timetable 2015 (PDF, 40kb) for more information.
Deferring school entry
Children usually start at reception in September – however,
parents can request that their child starts later in the school
year. Please read the advice on deferring school entry for more
information and if you would like to defer your child’s entry
to school you will need to complete a Deferring
school entry form and return it to Pupil
Need a school place today?
If your child is of nursery, primary or secondary school age now
and does not have a school place, please contact Pupil
Services on 020 7364 5006 or visit our
in-year admissions page.
If you require any further information or advice about the
primary admissions process, please contact:
5 Clove Crescent
Tel: 020 7364 5006