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

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 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
AreaPhone number

Nursery Admissions

020 7364 4606

Primary Admissions

020 7364 4606

020 7364 4419

Secondary Admissions

020 7364 4307

020 7364 5860

In-Year Admissions

020 7364 3837

020 7364 0730

020 7364 0732

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

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

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
  • Stepney All Saints Cof E School (formerly Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat School)

Primary schools

  • 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

Further information