In-year admissions

Most school admissions take place when children start reception class or when they transfer from primary to secondary school at the age of 11.

In-year admissions take place outside the normal admission period like for children who have recently moved to the area and do not have a school place. 

Before you apply

Please read the Starting school in Tower Hamlets (for primary schools) and Ready for secondary school in Tower Hamlets (for secondary school) booklets for useful information on the in-year admission process. 

How to apply

Applications for in-year admissions must be made through Pupil Services, who coordinate this process.

To make an in-year application, please complete the relevant in-year common application form for primary and secondary schools.

You can obtain a form from all primary and secondary schools or by calling the Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006 or

If you are applying to an academy, free school or voluntary-aided school, you may also need to complete a supplementary information form (SIF), which can be obtained from and must be returned to the school. 

You may also need to provide a baptism certificate or priest's reference. Further information on the schools admissions policy should be obtained directly from the school.

Download a copy of the Common Application Form (CAF) for primary and secondary school.

In-year transfer

If your child is already in school and you are applying for a school transfer this will only take place at the beginning of a school term or half term.

You should use the same form to apply for a school transfer but note that transfers are processed in accordance with our timetable which can be found in the accompanying guidance notes or the in year admissions leaflet.

Schools Admissions Module (SAM)

Schools Admissions Module (SAM) is the pupil admissions web-portal for schools to log in and view information about in-year admissions as well as checking student details.

It allows school users to log on and look at the information held about pupil preferences as updated by the local authority; this is especially helpful for in-year admissions.

Schools can update the number of places available so the local authority can make informed decisions when offering places.

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