Admissions for school year 2020-21

Following a period of consultation and the Tower Hamlets Cabinet Meeting on 27 February 2019 the council has determined its school admission arrangements for the 2020/21 school year.  View the determined admissions arrangements.

Secondary school admissions

Starting Secondary school in September 2019

National Offer Day 1 March 2019

All parents that applied on time will be able to access the outcome their application on 1 March 2019 via the eadmissions portal - Pupil Services will also send a letter on this day. 

If your child is due to transfer to Secondary school in September 2019 and you have not made an application, please call Pupil Services 020 7364 5000

Before you apply

The Ready for Secondary School in Tower Hamlets booklet is now available and contains all the information you need on applying including a step by step guide to making your online application.  When applications are open, we will offer support sessions to help you make your online application.
We have also produced a short film which explains the secondary transfer process and gives useful tips and advice from parents and children who have experience of the process.
Please refer to the Pupil Ability Banding FAQ leaflet for explanation on why Tower Hamlets uses banding and how it works in practice.

Waiting lists

If your child is not offered a place at your first preference school or you are offered one of your lower preference schools your child will be added to the waiting list - you will need to reapply in December 2019 to remain on the waiting list after this time.


If you are not offered a place at a school of your preference you can appeal that decision. The appeal panel is independent of the council and schools in the borough. Timetable for appeals 2019.
If you wish to appeal you can download an admissions appeal form or call pupil services for more advice. Please include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you must give the grounds for your appeal at the time the appeal is lodged. You may appeal for more than one school. 
Admissions policies for the following schools are available from the schools' websites:

Need a school place today?

If your child is of secondary school age now and does not have a school place, please contact the council's Pupil Services team or visit our in-year admissions page.

Further information