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 (for primary school) 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 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. 

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.

In-year transfer

You should use the same form to apply for a school transfer. 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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