Schools during Covid-19

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

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School admissions criteria 2023/24

The determined school admissions arrangements 2023/2024

Following the earlier public consultation and the council cabinet meeting on 26 February 2022, the local authority has now determined its arrangements for school admissions for the 2023/24 school year as follows:

  1. The determined admissions policy for community nursery schools 2023/2024
  2. The determined admissions policy for community primary schools 2023/2024
  3. The determined admissions policy for community secondary schools 2023/2024
  4. Coordinated schemes for admission to nursery, reception and year 7 2023/2024
  5. Coordinated scheme for in-year admissions 2023/2024
  6. Planned admission numbers for schools in Tower Hamlets 2023/2024
  • The LA will continue with the variation to its banding arrangements for its Year 7 admissions policy, in light of the effects of COVID. Pupil bands will be determined using teacher assessment in reading, replacing the use of the NFER Test for reading and mathematics.

  • No other changes have been made to existing arrangements, that were previously consulted upon in Autumn of 2019.

  • Academy and faith schools that are their own admission authority are responsible for determining admission arrangements annually and providing a copy of their formally agreed arrangements to the LA by no later than the 15th March each year. This information is collated by the LA’s school admissions team

Own admission authority schools – admissions policies 2023/24

The admission arrangements for voluntary aided schools, academies and free schools are required to be displayed on the individual school websites. The following schools in Tower Hamlets determine their own admission policies and can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Each school has a published admissions number, the maximum number of places that can be offered. Details on the number of places available can be found in the Starting School in Tower Hamlets brochure for primary schools and the Moving to a Secondary School in Tower Hamlets brochure for secondary schools.

Some schools receive more applications than there are places available. If one of your preferences is for a school that has more applications than places, the admissions criteria for the school will be applied and it is possible that your child may not be offered a place.

It is, therefore, important that you consider the admissions criteria and the likelihood of your child being offered a place before you name a school on your application form.

Please note that Tower Hamlets is not able to exceed the school's admission number because, to do so, would result in overcrowding and would have an adverse effect on the school's ability to provide quality education. Additional children would place too much strain on the school's resources.

Equality impact assessment 2015

The authority has completed an equality impact assessment. Please download the full equality impact assessment report.

For more information on the specific arrangements for admission to Tower Hamlets community primary schools, visit the equal chance page.