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 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 is 31 October 2019

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.  When applications are open, 1 September 2019, 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.

Apply Online Support Sessions

Idea Store Bow

1 Gladstone Place

Roman Road

E3 5ES

The Shadwell Centre

455 The Highway


Idea Store  Chrisp   Street

1 Vesey Path

East India Dock Road

E14 6BT

Idea Store  Whitechapel

Whitechapel Road

E1 1BU

Friday 13th September

9am – 4pm

Thursday 26th September

9am - 4pm

Monday 16th September

9am – 4pm

Friday 20th September

9am – 4pm

Friday 11th  October

9am – 4pm

Thursday 3rd October

9am – 4 pm

Monday 14th  October

9am – 4pm

Friday 25th October

9am – 4pm

Friday 29th November

9am – 4pm

Friday 13th December 

9am - 4pm

Monday 11th November

9am - 4pm

Friday 15th  November

9am –  4pm

Tuesday 21st January

9am – 4pm

Friday 24th January

9am –  4 pm

Monday 16th December

9am - 4pm

Friday 6th December

9am – 4pm

Tuesday 4th February

9am – 4pm


Monday 13th  January

9am - 4pm

Friday 10th January    

9am – 4pm



Monday 17th February

9am - 4pm 

Friday 7th February    

9am – 4pm  




Friday 14th February  

9am – 4pm     

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. 

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.


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. Timetable for appeals 2020.
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