The policy and arrangements for admission to the school are set out in the Local Authority’s school admissions booklet ‘Starting School in Tower Hamlets’, which can be accessed at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/schooladmissions. A paper copy can be obtained from the Local Authority’s Pupil Admissions Team on 0207 364 5006.
The school has a maximum intake of 75 pupils for each year group. The number of pupils who can attend the school is 525 plus 55 full-time or the equivalent part-time in the Nursery (40 full time and 30 part time places). The school is organised into two Year 6 classes, 1 Year 5 & 6 class, 2 Year 5 classes, 2 Year 4 classes, 1 Year 3 & 4 class, 2 Year 3 classes, 2 Year 2 classes, 1 Year 1 & 2 class, 2 Year 1 classes, and 3 Reception classes.
We admit children according to the policy agreed by Tower Hamlets Education Authority using the following criteria:-
- Children who are or have been looked after by the local authority within one year prior to the admission date (children in public care).
- Children with a proven social/educational/medical need for this school.
- Children with brothers or sisters in the school.
- Children living nearest the school. In the case of Stepney schools this was firstly to children living nearest within the designated area for our school. Children living outside the designated area were allocated places on the basis of nearness to school.
Under 5s Admissions
Parents can apply direct for nursery admission and must complete a Nursery application form available from the school. It is recommended that applications are not accepted before the child has reached the age of 2. The actual age at which children may start will not be before the age of 3. The admission decisions should be taken at the beginning of April for admission in the following autumn term. Places must be offered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria, but would not normally be offered for less than a term. If there are applicants with an equal claim to the place, for example children with exceptional social/educational or medical needs or siblings, distance from school should be used as the tie-breaker.
N.B. There is no automatic transfer from the nursery to the school.
Primary Reception Admissions
There is a timetable for the Pan London Admission process which is published in October each year by the Local Authority. Although the law now requires that all children start in reception in the September of the school year in which they will become five years of age, a parent can defer their child’s entry. This can be until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year. However, parents cannot defer their child’s entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted (i.e. entry cannot be deferred until the start of Year 1). (Please see separate guidance available from LBTH Pupil Admissions Team). Parents need to make their application through the local authority in which they live, regardless of what borough the school they are applying to is situated. Parents living in Tower Hamlets must therefore complete the Common Application Form (CAF) for both Tower Hamlets and out-of-borough schools. Likewise, parents living outside of Tower Hamlets must complete their home borough’s CAF, even if they are applying to a Tower Hamlets school(s).
All admissions are co-ordinated centrally by the Local Authority’s Pupil Admissions Team. Application forms are available from any school or directly from the team based at Mulberry Place. See details below.
Applications for all school places for children from Reception to Year 6 should be made directly to LBTH Pupil Admissions Team at Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London, E14 2BG on 0207 364 5006.
Prospective parents who wish to visit the school should telephone the school on 0208 980 4299 to make an appointment.