Secondary School Transfer
There will be a Secondary School Transfer meeting for all Year 6 Pupils and their parents on Wednesday 21st September 2022 starting at 3:45pm.
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 e-admissions portal (https://www.eadmissions.org.uk/) for them to transfer to secondary school in September 2023.
The closing date for making applications is 31 October 2022
For more information and support about the e-admissions process please contact Tower Hamlets Admissions directly:
Mohammed Malik: 020 7364 4307
Marjia Billah: 020 7364 4760
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.
Tower Hamlets 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. This is available to view at: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/education_and_learning/schools/school_admissions/secondary_school_admissions.aspx
Ready for Secondary School in Tower Hamlets Booklet
Diocese of Westminster Guidance
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.
Frequently Asked Questions: Pupil Banding
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. See link on Tower Hamlets School admissions website: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/education_and_learning/schools/school_admissions/secondary_school_admissions.aspx
You may 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. Please note that appeals for Canary Wharf College Schools should be made via the school's website.
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 schools are available from the schools' websites.