Secondary school admissions
Starting secondary school in 2016
The closing date for making applications is October 31,
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
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
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
Please call Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006 for more
information. You may also
search for a school in your area.
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
How to contact us
5 Clove Crescent
Tel: 020 7364 5006