Secondary school admissions

Starting Secondary School in September 2018

If you live in Tower Hamlets and your child is in Year 6 (born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007) you will need to make an online application via eadmissions portal for them to transfer to secondary school in September 2018.

Closing date for making applications is 31 October 2017.


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.

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.

Additional information

Admissions policies for the following schools are available from the schools website

Pupil Services has organised a series of Online Workshops to help parents make their online application - no appointment is necessary:

Shadwell Idea Store

455 The Highway E1W 3HP

Whitechapel Idea Store

321 Whitechapel Road E1 1BU


Chrisp Street Idea   Store

1 Vesey Path

East India Dock Road E14 6BT

Thurs 14 September

9am – 4pm

Friday 22September

9am – 4pm

Monday 25 September

9am – 4pm

Monday 2 October

9am – 4pm

Friday 13 October

9am – 4pm

Tuesday 17 October

9am – 4pm

Wednesday 25 October

9am – 4pm

Friday 3 November

9am – 4pm

Thursday 26 October

9am – 4pm

Friday 17 November

9am – 4pm

Friday 24 November

9am – 4pm

Monday 6 November

9am – 4pm

Friday 8 December

9am – 4pm

Wednesday 13 December

9am – 4pm

Tuesday 28 November

9am – 4pm

Monday 8th January

9am – 4pm

Friday 19th January

9am – 4pm

Thursday 4th  January

9am – 4pm



Tuesday 9 January

9am – 4pm

National Offer Day - 1 March 2018

All parents that applied on time will be sent a letter on 1 March 2018 with the outcome of their application.  Parents who will be able to access the outcome of their application on the evening of 1 March 2018 by visiting the eadmissions portal.

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 2018 to remain on the waiting list after this time.

Admission appeals

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 2018.

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.

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 on 020 7364 5006 or visit our in-year admissions page.

Further information