Over 90% of children secure places at their three preferred primary or secondary schools

Schools Sats

96.5% of primary school children in the borough have secured a place at one of their three preferred schools - above the London average of 96.1%.

For secondary schools, the figure is 91.2% compared to a figure of 87.3% across London.

Over 97% of children in Tower Hamlets attend a good or outstanding school.

The figures were announced as the Mayor in Cabinet agreed the new determination of School Admission Arrangements for 2020/21 at Cabinet on February 27.

The council has an obligation to determine its admission arrangements on or before 28 February 2019, and publish this on its website by 15 March 2019.

The council must also set the numbers of admissions for each relevant age group. For a community or voluntary controlled school, the Council must consult at least the governing body of the school where it proposes either to increase or maintain that number.

The Published Admission Number (PAN) sets the maximum number of children that each school will admit to the reception year (primary), Year 7 (secondary) or Year 9 in the school year 2020/21.

There are no changes to the PANs for the majority of schools, but the council agreed to reduce admission numbers at three of its community schools. The linked Elizabeth Selby Infants and Lawdale Juniors Schools will reduce admission places from 75 to 60 places; Bow Secondary School will also decrease its admission numbers from 270 to 240.  

The changes are proposed because the schools’ places have not been filled over the past five admission years; there is restricted teaching and outdoor space and a falling demand for primary school places in the case of Elizabeth Selby Infants and Lawdale Juniors Schools.

Bow Secondary will reduce its admission places because places have not been filled over the past five years and there is restricted teaching and  limited outdoor space to accommodate both the school’s statutory and growing sixth form provision.

A public consultation ran from November 2018 to 4 January 2019. Out of 35 individuals who responded to the questions, 31 (89%) supported the proposal to reduce admission numbers at Elizabeth Selby and Lawdale, and 32 (91%) supported the proposal to reduce it at Bow.

Mayor Biggs said: “I’m pleased that once again such a high number of children in the borough can find a place at one of their top three schools, the vast majority of which are good or outstanding. We have also agreed sensible changes to the school admissions policies overwhelmingly supported by parents.”

Councillor Danny Hassell Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Young People added: “Securing places at high quality schools is so important to parents in our borough and I’m pleased we continue to make progress on this.  We are determined to ensure that, through our planning for school places and development, that we have the right provision in the right place at the right time.”

Retaining staff in nursery schools

A key proposal agreed by Mayor Biggs at Cabinet was to change the existing oversubscription criteria for admission to community nursery schools and classes. This change will mean priority will be given for children of staff, after children who are admitted under the sibling criterion. To qualify, staff must have been employed at the school for two or more years or recruited to fill a vacancy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. Priority will be limited to one place for each nursery class.

This change is intended to help schools recruit and retain staff. It also brings the nursery admissions arrangements in line with those already established for community primary and secondary schools.

Applications can be made by parents or carers with parental responsibilities who are residents of Tower Hamlets and professionals with parents’ agreement.

Application forms are available from schools, nurseries and Children’s Centres.

The closing date for applications is 16 February 2020 and the date on which families are sent notification of the outcome is 7 May 2020.

Applying for a nursery school place

Further information on the nursery schools and classes and how to apply for a place is set out in the Local Authority’s school admissions booklet, ‘Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets’.

Applications can be made by parents or carers with parental responsibilities who are residents of Tower Hamlets and professionals with parents’ agreement. Application forms are available from schools, nurseries and Children’s Centres.

The closing date for applications is 16 February 2020 and the date on which families are sent notification of the outcome is 7 May 2020.

Applying for a primary school place

How to apply for a primary school place is set out in the Local Authority’s school admissions booklet, ‘Starting Primary School in Tower Hamlets’.

The scheme can be viewed here

http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgsl/1-50/17_schools/school_admissions.aspx

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2020 and the date on which families are sent notification of the outcome is 16 April 2020.

Applying for a Secondary school place

How to apply for a secondary school is set out in the ‘Ready for Secondary School in Tower Hamlets’ booklet. Applications are then co-ordinated for Tower Hamlets area in accordance with the Authority’s published scheme. The scheme can be viewed here:

http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgsl/1-50/17_schools/school_admissions.aspx

 The closing date for applications is 31 October 2019 and the date on which families are sent notification of the outcome is 2 March 2020

 

 

 

Posted on Monday 4th March 2019