Secondary school admissions

Starting secondary school in 2016

The closing date for making applications is October 31, 2015.

Pupils usually start secondary school in the September following their 11th birthday. If your child is born between September 1, 2004 and August 31, 2005 this will be in September 2016.

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. Please refer to the the Pupil Ability Banding FAQ leaflet (PDF, 97kb) for further explanation on why Tower Hamlets uses banding and how it works in practice.

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

To apply online, please visit the eadmissions portal. You can apply online from September 1 until October 31, 2015.  Applying online is a simple process and you can easily make changes to your application up until the closing date.

Alternatively you can apply using a paper Common Application Form (CAF). If your child attends a Tower Hamlets primary school the form will be given to you by the primary school in early September. You will not need to complete the paper CAF if you apply online.

Please call Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006 for more information. You may also search for a school in your area.

Admission appeals

If you are not 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. Timetable for appeals 2016.

If you wish to appeal you can download an admission appeals form (PDF 187kb) or call pupil services for more advice. 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.

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 admissions page.

How to contact us

Pupil Services
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG
Tel: 020 7364 5006

Further information