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 paper application.

You can apply online now and until January 15, 2015. Please call Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006 for more information.


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 school.

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 Admissions.

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.


Contact us

If you require any further information or advice about the primary admissions process, please contact:

Pupil Services

Mulberry Place

5 Clove Crescent


E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 5006



Further information