Schools and coronavirus

Schools, childcare and other educational provisions are closed to everyone following the outbreak of coronavirus, except for:

Children of key (critical) workers

- Vulnerable children - this includes children with a social worker, an EHCP and those with safeguarding concerns


These schools will remain open for these children. They will be prioritised for early years and education provision. We are working with schools to provide support at this time, including for families who rely on free school meals for their children.

Secondary school admissions

Starting Secondary school in September 2020

If you live in Tower Hamlets and your child is in Year 6 (born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009) you will need to make an online application via eadmissions portal for them to transfer to secondary school in September 2020. Closing date for making applications was 31 October 2019


National Offer Day 2 March 2020

All parents that applied on time will be able to access the outcome their application on 2 March 2020 via the eadmissions portal - Pupil Services will also send a letter on this day. 

Contact Numbers:

Kelly Mack - 020 7364 5860

Mohammed Malik - 020 7364 4307

Before you apply

The Ready for Secondary School in Tower Hamlets booklet contains all the information you need on applying, including a step by step guide to making 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.

Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College

Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College changed from a boys’ school to a co-educational (boys and girls) school from September 2019, please see the secondary booklet for further information.


Please refer to the Pupil Ability Banding FAQ leaflet for explanation on why Tower Hamlets uses banding and how it works in practice.


If you are not offered a place at a school of your preference you can appeal that decision. The appeals panel is independent of the council and schools in the borough. 
You must complete and submit your appeal online.  This is a simple and safe way to appeal and you will get a receipt to confirm it has been submitted. Please include any evidence or supporting material with your online appeal and you must give the reasons for your appeal at the time the appeal is submitted. You may appeal for more than one school. 

Last day for lodging appeal forms for places in year 7 at SECONDARY schools

4 pm on 31 March 2020

Appeals received after this date may not be heard by the end of the summer term.


Last day for lodging appeal forms for Reception in PRIMARY schools

4 pm on 15 May 2020

Appeals received after this date may not be heard by the end of the summer term.


Secondary appeals will take place from

April to June 2020

Primary appeals will take place from

June to July 2020

Invitation letter giving you details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel

At least 10 school days before the hearing

Any additional evidence or supporting evidence

At least 5 school days before the hearing.  You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent panel

Where possible this will be sent 5 school days after the last hearing for all the appeals held for that particular school.

If you would like some help completing the online appeal form please come along to one of our sessions at the Boroughs Idea Stores between 9am and 12 noon on the dates shown - no appointment is necessary.

Appeal online support sessions

Idea Store  Chrisp   Street

1 Vesey Path,  East India Dock Road, E14 6BT

Idea Store  Whitechapel

Whitechapel Road E1 1BU

 Friday 27  March 9 am - 12 noon

 Monday 23 March 9am - 12 noon

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 2020 to remain on the waiting list after this time.
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