Secondary school admissions
Starting secondary school in 2015
Pupils usually start secondary school in the September following
their 11th birthday. If your child is born between
September 1, 2003 and August 31, 2004 this will be in
Before you apply
Please read the Ready
for secondary school in Tower Hamlets
booklet (PDF, 1.7mb) for information on how to
apply for a secondary school place.
You can also get a copy from Tower Hamlets primary schools or by
contacting the Pupil Services team on 020 7364 5006.
We have also produced a video on secondary transfer to help
guide parents through the process.
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 from September 1 until October
31, 2014. Please call Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006
for more information.
Important changes to Bow School admissions 2014
Please note that Bow School will change from a
boys school to a co-educational (boys and girls) school from
September 2014. During the first five years of its transition a
special exemption will apply to school admissions at Year 7 as
- in the event of the school being
oversubscribed the 270 paces will be divided equally, between boys
and girls. This means that no more than 135 boys and 135 girls will
be offered places, in accordance to the oversubscription criteria
for community schools
- this exemption could mean that some children
will be refused a place, because there are more applications than
the 135 places available for their gender. However, after March 2,
2015 (offer day) any places that become available will be
filled regardless of gender.
- this arrangement only applies to applications
for Year 7 entry in September. It will continue for each Year 7
entry up to and until September 2018. Thereafter Bow School’s
admissions will operate without special regard to maintaining
an equal balance of gender.
If you have not been offered a place at a school of your
preference you can appeal that
decision. The appeal panel is independent of the
council and schools in the borough.
If you wish to appeal you can download an admission
appeals form (PDF 187kb) or call pupil
admissions. 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.
Please check the appeal timetable 2015 (PDF,
40kb) for information on when you can appeal.
Need a school place today?
If your child is of secondary school age now and does not have a
school place, please contact the council's Pupil Services team
on 020 7364 5006 or visit our in-year
How to contact us
5 Clove Crescent
Tel: 020 7364 5006