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Secondary school admissions

Starting Secondary school in September 2023

If you live in Tower Hamlets and your child is in Year 6 (born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012) you will need to make an online application via eadmissions portal for them to transfer to secondary school in September 2023.

The closing date for making applications is 31 October 2022 

  • Mohammed Malik: 020 7364 4307
  • Marjia Billah: 020 7364 4670
  • Kelly Mack: 020 7364 5860


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 film which explains the secondary transfer process and gives useful tips and advice from parents and children who have experience of the process.
You may also find this short information clip highlighting the main dates and important information useful.

Parents advice session

Join the Pupil Services Team and the Transitions Team for a parents advice session on Thursday 15 September at 6pm

 reserve your place now (various dates)

Mulberry Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College

(Formerly Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College)

Mulberry 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.


Banding is used at secondary transfer to help to ensure that secondary schools maintain a balanced admission intake. This should reflect the full range of abilities of all children in the local authority.

Pupil assessment from each Primary school in the summer term of year 5 is used to place every pupil in one of four quartiles. For administrative purposes, the quartiles are Band A, B, C or D.

In the case of oversubscription, secondary schools will take equal amount of pupils from each quartile. This will ensure children from all abilities have equality of access.

For pupils who apply from primary schools outside of Tower Hamlets, teacher assessment will also be used to determine which in quartile they will be placed.

All the borough’s community schools use banding. Please refer to the Pupil Ability Banding FAQ leaflet for more details.


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. 
Appeals for Canary Wharf College Schools should be made via the schools website:
Appeals timetable

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

4pm on 31 March 2023

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

4pm on 17 May 2023

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 2023

Primary appeals will take place from

June to July 2023

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.

Tower Hamlets Transition Support Service provides impartial advice, information and assistance to support children, young people and their families during key points of transition. They can provide help with a range of school issues including school admissions, appeals and home/school communication.

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 2022 to remain on the waiting list after this time. Admissions policies for the following schools are available from the schools' websites:

Contact the Admissions Service

By email:

You can contact the admissions service by email at 

We can only make changes to an existing application if you email your request - this includes change of address and preference/s.

By telephone:

  • Mohammed Malik - 020 7364 4307
  • Marjia Billah - 020 7364 4760
  • Kelly Mack - 020 7364 5860

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