Primary school admissions
Reception school admissions: starting reception in 2019/20
Pupils usually start primary school in the September following their fourth birthday. If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 this will be from September 2019. You must complete an application for a reception place, even if your child is already attending the school's nursery.
You must apply via the e-admissions portal. Closing date for making applications is 15 January 2019.
Before you apply
The Starting Primary School in Tower Hamlets brochure is available online and contains all the information you need on applying for your child's reception place. You can also get a copy from nurseries and primary schools in Tower Hamlets or by contacting the Pupil Services team. For more information on catchment areas and the tie-break criterion please see our 'Equal Chance' page.
How to apply
You must apply online, please visit the eadmissions portal. You can apply online from 1 September 2018 and until 15 January 2019. Applying online for your child's reception place is a simple process and you can easily make changes to your application up until the closing date.
We have arranged sessions at the borough's Idea Stores to help you make your application if you require support. If you do not have access to the internet at home, you can attend the Idea Stores at any time and use their internet services for free.
National offer day
All parents that applied for a Reception school place before January 2019 will be sent a letter with the outcome of their application on 16 April. Parents will also be able to view the outcome of their application on the evening of 16 April by visiting the eadmissions portal.
Parents will receive an email to inform them when the information is available to view on the website.
Deferring school entry
All children are expected to start school in the reception year in September, if they will be five in that school year. Deferring school entry means that a child begins school later than September, but still joins their own age-peer group. Please refer to the guidance on Deferring School Entry for more information and apply using the Deferring School Entry Form. Alternatively please call Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006 and a form can be sent to you.
If your child is not offered a place at a school of your preference you can appeal against that decision. The appeal panel is independent of the council and schools in the borough.
Infant class size legislation applies to appeals for children starting reception. This means that a class must not contain more than 30 pupils with a single school teacher. Parents should note that there are only very limited circumstances where reception appeals are successful.
If you wish to appeal you can download an admission appeals form or call Pupil Services. Please include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you must give the grounds for your appeal at the time the appeal is lodged. You may appeal for more than one school.
For your appeal to be heard in June 2019, you will need to submit your appeal form by 17 May 2019. Appeals received after this date will result in a delay to your appeal being heard. Please read the appeal timetable 2019 for more information.
Need a school place today?
If your child is of nursery, primary or secondary school age now and does not have a school place, please contact Pupil Services or visit our in-year admissions page.