Schools during Covid-19

All children and young people in Tower Hamlets should now be back at school or college.

See the latest information on:

School attendance

Travelling to and from school

Travel Support

Free School Meal

School Clothing Grant

 

See the latest advice, news and information on schools

School admissions

The Admissions Service are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm to respond to your queries over the phone or via email.

Please note that 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 2023

Please read the Ready for Nursery in Tower Hamlets booklet for useful information on the admission process.

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 2019 and 31 August 2020 and you wish to apply for a nursery place for September 2023, you must complete an online application by 16 February 2023 through the E-admissions website.

Find out more about nursery admissions.

Admission to Reception (primary school) 2023

Please read the Starting Primary School in Tower Hamlets booklet for useful information on the admission process.

Pupils usually start primary school in the September following their fourth birthday. If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 this will be from September 2023.

You must complete an online application by 15 January 2023 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) 2023

Please read the Ready for Secondary School in Tower Hamlets booklet for useful information on the admission process.

If you live in Tower Hamlets and your child is in Year 6 (born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012) you will need to make an online application via the E-admissions website for them to transfer to secondary school in September 2022.

Closing date for making applications is 31 October 2022.

For more information about admission visit the secondary school admissions page.

In-year admissions

Please read the In-Year Admissions Guidance leaflet for useful information on the admission process.

Please read the Ready for Nursery in Tower Hamlets, Starting Primary School in Tower Hamlets and Ready for Secondary School in Tower Hamlets booklet's for useful information on the admission process. 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 the Admissions Service.

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
  • Stepney All Saints Cof E School 

Primary schools

  • Canary Wharf College Schools
  • Christ Church Church of England
  • English Martyrs Roman Catholic
  • Our Lady and St Joseph 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

Appeals

If you wish to appeal you must complete and submit your appeal onlineThis is a simple and safe way to appeal and you will get a receipt to confirm it has been submitted.

Please include any evidence or supporting material with your online appeal and you must give the reasons for your appeal at the time the appeal is submitted. You may appeal for more than one school.

Key areas and contact numbers

These services can be contacted on the following telephone number
AreaPhone number

Nursery Admissions

Primary Admissions

Secondary Transfer Admissions

In-year Admissions

Travel Assistance

Elective Home Education

School Exclusions

020 7364 5006

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

Check this webpage on a regular basis for any changes to the current arrangements.

Further information