Tower Hamlets community nursery and primary schools admissions arrangements for 2017/18
Equal chance system for Tower Hamlets children and families
Tower Hamlets Council seeks to operate an admissions system that provides equal and fair opportunities to all applicants. This includes having due regard to children living in areas where there are limited options in applying for a school place.
Understanding school catchment area and the oversubscription criteria
A school catchment area is a geographically defined boundary used to help provide children with fairer access to a local school and ensure all schools in an area have an equal share of children. A child living in the schools catchment area will, therefore, be given priority over a child living outside the school's catchment area.
There are six school catchment areas for admission to Tower Hamlets community schools and each catchment area has a number of schools that you can choose from, view a map of primary and nursery school catchment areas.
What happens if a school is oversubscribed with applications from within its catchment area?
If a school receives more applications than places available and more than one child has an
equal claim under any of the main admission criteria (i.e. catchment area), the Council must
then decide who gets priority. This is called a ‘tie break’ and the Council will be using the option
Nearest School - In the event of oversubscription, priority will be given, to children for
whom the school applied for is their nearest school within the catchment area; and then
by the shortest walking distance. It reduces the possibility of a family having to undertake
an unreasonable journey to school and provides equal opportunity for families living in
parts of the borough where access to a local school may otherwise be limited.
The frequently asked questions (FAQs) page explains the admission system, including catchment areas for community nursery and primary schools.
See our main schools page for detailed arrangements for nursery, primary and secondary schools.
If you would like more information please contact the Pupil Services Team on 020 7364 5006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. View a more detailed map of Tower Hamlets schools