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 and minutes

You can download agendas and minutes here:

When and where it meets

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

Forum members

Schools – community

  • Sue Ward (Clara Grant)/Sara Haynes (Arnhem Wharf) – primary
  • Patrice Canavan (Oaklands)/Paramjit Bhutta (Stepney Green) – secondary
  • Lynne Cottle – nursery


Schools – voluntary aided

  • Elizabeth Dickson (St Peter's London Docks) – primary
  • Rob Hullett (Raine's Foundation) – secondary


Schools – academy/free

  • Sarah Counter (Canary Wharf College) – primary
  • vacancy – secondary


Diocesan/Council of Mosque representatives

  • Penny Harvey – Church of England Diocese
  • Mary Ryan – Catholic Diocese
  • Aslam Uddin – Council of Mosques


Parent representatives

  • Salma Mahbub
  • Emdad Islam
  • Shahana Begum


Community representatives

  • Jenny Miller – Parents Advice Centre
  • Viv Thomas – Under-5s
  • 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