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School admissions criteria 2024/25

The determined school admissions arrangements 2024/2025

Following the earlier public consultation and the council cabinet meeting on 2 January 2023, the local authority has now determined its arrangements for school admissions for the 2024/25 school year as follows:

  1. The determined admissions policy for community nursery schools 2024/2025
  2. The determined admissions policy for community primary schools 2024/2025
  3. The determined admissions policy for community secondary schools 2024/2025
  4. Coordinated schemes for admission to nursery, reception and year 7 2024/2025
  5. Coordinated scheme for in-year admissions 2024/2025
  6. Planned admission numbers for schools in Tower Hamlets 2024/25
  • The LA will continue with the variation to its banding arrangements for its Year 7 admissions policy.  Pupil bands will be determined using teacher assessment in reading, replacing the use of the NFER Test for reading and mathematics.

  • Tower Hamlets consulted on its school admission arrangements in autumn 2022 as changes were proposed for arrangements for 2024/25. These arrangements were determined by Cabinet on 25 January 2023 and included:

    • Local Authority Relevant Area (geographical area) for admissions purposes
    • Admissions arrangements for Tower Hamlets community schools: Nursery Schools/Classes, Primary Schools and Secondary Schools
    • Schemes for the co-ordination of admissions for: Reception Year of Primary School; Year 7 of Secondary School; In Year Admissions (Admissions outside of the normal points of entry)
    • Published Admission Numbers for schools in Tower Hamlets.
  • Two significant changes were determined for the admission arrangements for community secondary schools in 2024/25; the removal of the criterion giving priority to the first born or eldest child in the family and the removal of the South Wapping and West Bethnal Green priority admission areas. A further minor change included the introduction of a clear tie break where there is an equal claim to a school.
  •  Any objections to these arrangements must be made to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator Complaints procedure - Office of the Schools Adjudicator by 15 May 2023.

Own admission authority schools – admissions policies 2024/25

 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. Their admission arrangements 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.