Admissions for school year 2020-21

The council is consulting on its school admission arrangements for the 2020/21 school year.  Complete the consultation before 4 January 2019.

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. For example, children who have recently moved to the area and do not have a school place. 

Before you apply

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

How to apply

Applications for in-year transfers and 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 also obtain a form from all primary and secondary schools or by calling 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 the school and must be returned to them. See a list of schools requiring SIFs. Some schools may also require a baptism certificate or priest's reference. Further information on the school's admissions policy should be obtained directly from the school. 

Please note that transfers are processed in accordance with our timetable. This can be found in the accompanying guidance notes or the in-year admissions leaflet.

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