Schools and coronavirus

Schools, childcare and other educational provisions are closed to everyone following the outbreak of coronavirus, except for:

Children of key (critical) workers

- Vulnerable children - this includes children with a social worker, an EHCP and those with safeguarding concerns

 

These schools will remain open for these children. They will be prioritised for early years and education provision. We are working with schools to provide support at this time, including for families who rely on free school meals for their children.

School admissions

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 – Friday, 9am – 5pm to respond to your queries over the phone or via email.

Applications for children out of school

If you have applied for a school place for a child who is currently out of school, you will receive a response approximately ten working days after schools re-open.
If you are a keyworker or a guardian of a vulnerable child, please

Email: school.admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Tel: 020 7364 3837 or 020 7364 0730

Applications for in-year school transfer

Please note that applications for in year (mid-year) transfers have been temporarily suspended whilst schools remain closed

In Year Transfer will now resume with transfers taking place for a September 2020 start.

If you have already submitted an application up to and including 12 June 2020, a notification letter will be sent out to you on 3 July 2020. All applications received after this date will be processed in time for a Spring Term Transfer (January 2021).

Admission to Nursery 2020

Applications for admission to nursery in September 2020 can still be made via www.eadmissions.org.uk

If you applied before the closing date, you will receive an email on 7 May notifying of the outcome of your application. If you would like to speak to a member of staff regarding your application, please

Tel: 020 7364 4606

Admission to Reception (primary school) 2020

Applications for admission to reception (primary school) in September 2020 can still be made via www.eadmissions.org.uk

If you have applied before the closing date, you will receive an email on 16 April notifying of the outcome of your application.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff regarding your application, please

Tel: 020 7364 4606

Admission to Year 7 (secondary school) 2020

Applications for admission to year 7 (secondary school) in September 2020 can still be made via www.eadmissions.org.uk

If you applied before the closing date, you should have already received notification of the outcome of your application.

If you applied after the closing date, you will be notified of the outcome either on or soon after the 30 March.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff regarding your application or a school admission appeal you submitted, please 

Tel: 020 7364 5860 or 020 7364 4307

Other services including School Travel Assistance, Pupil Exclusion and Elective Home Education

These services are still available and can be contacted on the telephone numbers listed below.

Key areas and contacts numbers

 Area Phone number
 Nursery Admissions  020 7364 4606
 Primary Admissions  020 7364 4606
 Secondary Admissions

020 7364 5860

020 7364 4307

020 7364 6196

 In-Year Admissions

 020 7364 3837

020 7364 0730

 Travel Assistance

 020 7364 1427

020 7364 4435

 Elective Home Education  020 7364 3439
 School Exclusions

 020 7364 4301

020 7364 6150

 

For general enquiries, please email school.admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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 here

In-year admissions

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.

Secondary schools

  • Bishop Challoner RC Boys School
  • Bishop Challoner RC Girls School 
  • Canary Wharf College Crossharbour
  • Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat School

Primary schools

  • Canary Wharf College Schools
  • Christ Church Church of England
  • English Martyrs Roman Catholic
  • Guardian Angels Roman Catholic
  • Holy Family Roman Catholic
  • Our Lady’s Roman Catholic
  • St Agnes Roman Catholic
  • St Anne's 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

Further information