We are working hard to keep services running and will focus our efforts on the most critical elements. In doing so, disruption to this service is likely. However, School Admissions staff are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm to respond to your queries over the phone or via email.
Please note that school admissions staff are extremely busy at the moment. As a result there may be a slight delay in the time it takes to respond to your queries.
Admission to Nursery 2021
Children will usually start nursery in the September following their third birthday. It is possible for eligible children to access a funded nursery place from the beginning of the term after their third birthday.
Both part-time (15 hours per week) and full-time (30 hours per week) places are available at Tower Hamlets nurseries.
If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 and you wish to apply for a nursery place for September 2021, you must complete an online application by 16 February 2021 through the E-admissions website.
Find out more about nursery admissions.
Admission to Reception (primary school) 2021
Pupils usually start primary school in the September following their fourth birthday. If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 this will be from September 2021.
You must complete an online application by 15 January 2021 through the E-admissions website.
You must make an online application for a reception place, even if your child is already attending the school's nursery.
Find out more about primary school (reception) admission.
Admission to Year 7 (secondary school) 2021
If you live in Tower Hamlets and your child is in Year 6 (born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010) you will need to make an online application via www.eadmissions.org.uk for them to transfer to secondary school in September 2021.
Closing date for making applications is 31 October 2020.
For more information about admission visit the secondary school admissions page.
Other services including School Travel Assistance, Pupil Exclusion and Elective Home Education
These services are still available and can be contacted on the following telephone numbers.
Key areas and contacts numbers
Key areas and contacts numbers
|020 7364 4606
020 7364 4606
020 7364 4419
020 7364 4307
020 7364 5860
020 7364 3837
020 7364 0730
020 7364 0732
020 7364 1427
020 7364 4435
Elective Home Education
|020 7364 3439
020 7364 4301
020 7364 6150
For general enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check this webpage on a regular basis for any changes to the current arrangements.
Apply for a school place
Most school admissions take place when children start reception class or when they transfer from primary to secondary school at the age of 11. Applications are now made online and you can check admissions criteria.
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.
If your child is out of school and you need a school place please contact Pupil Services.
Find out about in-year admissions.
Supplementary information forms
Some schools require a completed supplementary form in addition to the online application form. You must complete and return both forms for your application to be considered. Supplementary forms must be returned to the appropriate school. If you have made an online application to any of the schools listed below, please contact them for a supplementary form.
- Bishop Challoner RC Boys School
- Bishop Challoner RC Girls School
- Canary Wharf College Crossharbour
- Stepney All Saints Cof E School (formerly Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat School)
- Canary Wharf College Schools
- Christ Church Church of England
- English Martyrs Roman Catholic
- Holy Family Roman Catholic
- Our Lady’s Roman Catholic
- St Agnes Roman Catholic
- St Anne's & Guardian Angels Roman Catholic
- St Edmund’s Roman Catholic
- St Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic
- St John’s Church of England
- St Luke’s Church of England
- St Mary and St Michael Roman Catholic
- St Matthias Church of England
- St Paul's (Whitechapel) Church of England
- St Paul’s with St Luke’s Church of England
- St Peter’s London Docks Church of England
- St Saviour’s Church of England
- Stepney Greencoat Church of England