Secondary school admissions

Starting Secondary School in September 2019

If you live in Tower Hamlets and your child is in Year 6 (born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008) you will need to make an online application via eadmissions portal for them to transfer to secondary school in September 2019.

Closing date for making applications is 31 October 2018

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 arranged support sessions to help you make your online application at the following venues:

Apply Online Sessions

Bow Idea Store, 1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road, E3 5ES 9am - 4pmShadwell Centre, 455 The Highway, E1W 3HP 9am - 4pmWhitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU9am - 4pmChrisp St Idea Store, 1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road, E14 6BT 9am - 4pm

Friday 21 September

Wednesday 5 December

Tuesday 11 September

 Monday 1 October

Friday 12 October

Friday 14 December

Tuesday 25 September

 Monday 15 October

Friday 2 November

Monday 28 January

Monday 12 November

Thursday 25 October

Friday 23 November


Tuesday 18 December

Monday 5 November

Friday 4 January


Tuesday 8 January

Monday 26 November

Friday 25 January


Monday 14 January


Tuesday 5 February


Monday 11 February


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.

Offer Day 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.

Additional information


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.

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