Nursery admission

Children will usually start nursery the September following their third birthday. However, it is possible for eligible children to access a funded nursery place from the beginning of the term after their third birthday.

All parents are entitled to 15 hours per week i.e. a part-time place. This starts from the first school term after their child’s third birthday and ends when the child reaches compulsory school age i.e. the term after their fifth birthday.

An additional free 15 hours per week i.e. a full-time place, will be available for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working). Typically each parent must earn at least the national minimum or living wage for 16 hours a week and less than £100,000 a year to be eligible. For more information on eligibility visit this childcare support page.

How to apply for Nursery admission 2024:

If your child was born between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021 and you wish to apply for a nursery place for September 2023, you must complete an online application by 16 February 2024 through the E-admissions website.

Find out more about nursery admissions.

Reception admission 2024

Pupils usually start primary school in the September following their fourth birthday. If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 this will be from September 2024.

You must complete an online application by 15 January 2024 through the E-admissions website.

You must make an online application for a reception place, even if your child is already attending the school’s nursery.

Find out more about primary school (reception) admission.

In-year admissions

In-year admissions take place outside the normal admission period – for example, children who have recently moved to the area and do not have a school place.

If your child is out of school and you need a school place please contact Pupil Services.

Find out about in-year admissions.

Admission to Year 7 (secondary school) 2024

If you live in Tower Hamlets and your child is in Year 6 (born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013) you will need to make an online application via for them to transfer to secondary school in September 2024.

Closing date for making applications is 31 October 2023.

For more information about admission visit the secondary school admissions page.


If you wish to appeal you must complete and submit your appeal onlineThis 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.