School admissions criteria 2018/19

Following the earlier public consultation, the admissions arrangements for community schools in Tower Hamlets for the 2018/19 school year have now been determined as follows:

  1. The admission criteria for community nursery schools
  2. The admission criteria for community primary school
  3. The admission criteria for community secondary schools
  4. The schemes for the co-ordination of admissions for entry to Reception and Year 7 Admissions
  5. The scheme for the co-ordination of in-year admissions
  6. Planned admission numbers for schools in Tower Hamlets

There are no changes to the existing arrangements and criteria for admission to community nursery, primary or secondary schools for 2018/19.

Admissions to nursery schools and classes in 2019/20

The council has decided on changes to the application arrangements for admissions to community nursery schools and classes for children starting in September 2019 or later.  Nursery applications will be co-ordinated centrally, similar to how the system works for admissions to primary school.  Further details of these changes will be notified throughout the coming year on the school admissions website:

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.

Own admission authority schools – admissions policies 2018/19

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.