Schools and coronavirus

Schools, childcare and other educational provisions are closed to everyone following the outbreak of coronavirus, except for:

Children of key (critical) workers

- Vulnerable children - this includes children with a social worker, an EHCP and those with safeguarding concerns


These schools will remain open for these children. They will be prioritised for early years and education provision. We are working with schools to provide support at this time, including for families who rely on free school meals for their children.

Tower Hamlets school admissions forum

What this forum does

The Tower Hamlets school admissions forum includes representatives of schools, parents, governors, Diocesan boards and the Council of Mosques. The forum monitors and reviews the effectiveness of admission arrangements and how those arrangements can be improved. It advises the council on how to deal with difficult admission arrangements and improve access to school places for all children. The forum deals with school admissions policy, but does not discuss individual admission cases.


For full details of how the forum operates, and the areas it covers, download the Admissions forum constitution

Agendas, minutes and reports

Agendas, minutes, reports

 Agendas Minutes Reports
Agenda 26 February 2019  Minutes 26 February 2019

 Item 7 - Nursery - summary of applications (preference/catchment)

Item 7 - Reception - summary of applications (preference/catchment)

Item 7 - Secondary Transfer - summary of offers (school/preference)

Item 9 - Free/academy roll

Agenda 10 June 2019  Minutes 10 June 2019

Item 6 - Nursery - summary of offers

Item 6 - Reception - summary of offers

Item 6 - Secondary transfer - summary of offers

Item 9 - Free/academy roll

 Agenda 11 October 2019  Minutes 11 October

 Item 8 - Nursery - summary of offers

Item 8 - Reception - summary of offers

Item 8 - Secondary transfer - summary of offers

Item 9 - Free/academy roll

Agenda 11 December 2019 Minutes 11 December 2019

Item 8 - Secondary transfer - summary of applications

Item 10 - Free/Academy roll

Agenda 27 February 2020  


When and where it meets

The forum usually meets once a term at schools and community centres around the borough.

Forum members

School community

  • Dee Bleach (Mayflower) – primary

  • Patrice Canavan (Oaklands) – secondary

  • Lynne Cottle – nursery

Schools – voluntary aided

  • Elizabeth Figueiredo (St Peter's London Docks) – primary

  • Richard Fitzgerald  (Bishop Challoner) - secondary


Schools – academy/free

  • Sarah Counter (Canary Wharf College) – secondary

  • Sue Ward (The Clara Grant) – primary


Diocesan/Council of Mosque representatives

  • Penny Harvey – Church of England Diocese

  • Mary Ryan – Catholic Diocese

  • Aslam Uddin – Council of Mosques


Parent representatives

  • Salma Mahbub

  • Fathimah Rofe

  • Shahana Begum


Community representatives

  • Jenny Miller – Parents Advice Centre

  • Alex Nelson - Voluntary Sector Children and Youth Forum

  • Shahanur Khan – Collective of Bangladeshi Governors

  • John Bradshaw – Tower Hamlets pupil referral unit

  • Dennis Jenner – Local authority appeal panel member


Advisory officers from Tower Hamlets council

  • Head of Pupil Services – Terry Bryan

Groups and their representatives have equal rights within the forum

For enquiries please contact:

Kelly Mack
Clerk to the Admissions Forum

Tel: 020 7364 5860