Consultation on school admission arrangements for the school year beginning 2021/2022

Tower Hamlets Council is consulting on its school admission arrangements for the school year beginning 2021/22. View details of the consultation proposals and complete theĀ survey.

Closing date 3 January 2020

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.

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.

The school has arranged a revised series of open mornings which are different to those listed in the secondary booklet - the open evening remains the same:


  • Friday 13 September 2019 
  • Thursday 19 September 2019
  • Friday 20 September 2019 - Girls only
  • Tuesday 24 September 2019
  • Friday 27 September 2019 – Girls only
  • Wednesday 2 October 2019 – Girls only
  • Friday 4 October 2019
  • Thursday 10 October 2019
  • Friday 11 October 2019 – Girls only
  • Tuesday 15 October 2019
  • Thursday 17 October 2019 – Girls only


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 13 September

9am – 4pm

Thursday 26 September

9am - 4pm

Monday 16 September

9am – 4pm

Friday 20 September

9am – 4pm

Friday 11  October

9am – 4pm

Thursday 3rd October

9am – 4 pm

Monday 14  October

9am – 4pm

Friday 25 October

9am – 4pm

Friday 29 November

9am – 4pm

Friday 13 December 

9am - 4pm

Monday 11 November

9am - 4pm

Friday 15  November

9am –  4pm

Tuesday 21 January

9am – 4pm

Friday 24 January

9am –  4 pm

Monday 16 December

9am - 4pm

Friday 6 December

9am – 4pm

Tuesday 4 February

9am – 4pm


Monday 13  January

9am - 4pm

Friday 10 January    

9am – 4pm



Monday 17 February

9am - 4pm 

Friday 7 February    

9am – 4pm  




Friday 14 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