Starting Nursery - in Tower Hamlets 2019

Starting Nursery - in Tower Hamlets 2019
Starting Nursery
                                                        in Tower Hamlets 2019
                                                        For children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016




Closing date for applications: 17 February 2019. Apply online at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/schooladmissions
Starting Nursery - in Tower Hamlets 2019
Applying for a nursery place – summary

  Your child would             If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 and you wish to
  be eligible for a            apply for a nursery place for September 2019, you must complete an online application
  nursery place from           by 17 February 2019 through the eAdmissions website: www.eadmissions.org.uk.
  the term following           If you would like a nursery place at a voluntary aided school, free school or academy,
  their third birthday.        you must – as well as completing an online application – complete the school’s
                               Supplementary Information Form, if they have one.




  From 10 June 2019,                                                  Pupil Services will notify you of the outcome of
  Pupil Services will                Your Child                       your application by letter and email. The letter will
  identify nursery places                                             be sent on 7 May 2019 and will name the nursery
  for any children that                Starts                         at which a place has been offered for your child.
  are unplaced and                    Nursery                         The email will be sent after 5pm on the same day.
  those that applied late.                                            This offer will be for a part-time place only.




  If you have not been offered a place at your                                                         Once your child
  chosen nurseries, you will be sent a list of              You must accept or decline the             has been offered
  nurseries that still have places remaining and            offer of a place by 24 May 2019.           a part-time place,
  given the opportunity to visit and apply to one                                                      you may request
                                                            If you do not reply by this date,
  of these nurseries. Your child will also be placed                                                   a full-time place
                                                            the offer will be withdrawn.
  on the waiting list for your preferred nursery.                                                      from your nursery.




Please contact Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006 or email school.admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk for more information.
Starting Nursery - in Tower Hamlets 2019
Foreword by the Corporate Director

Dear parents and carers,
Starting nursery is a big moment for both     most interested in to ask for a copy.           there are places available, so some
parents and children. We know that you        For more information and advice, please         children may not be offered a place at
want your child to have the best start        call Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006.           the preferred school(s). Please be aware
in life and choosing the right place can      We have a number of multilingual as well        of this when deciding which schools to
often be a difficult decision. This booklet   as Bengali speaking admissions officers.        apply to in order of preference.
is designed to help you make the right
choice so that your child is happy and        You should make your application online         I am sure you have very high aspirations
successful at school.                         and, if you don’t have your own computer,       for your child and expect high levels of
                                              you can access the internet at any of           achievement, as well as good behaviour
Inside you will find information about        the borough’s Idea Stores. The website          and regular attendance.
schools in Tower Hamlets, including           address is www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/
addresses, phone numbers and maps             schooladmissions. Please see page 32            The council and our schools look to work
showing exactly where they are. We have       for more information.                           in partnership with parents and carers.
also tried to answer the most frequently                                                      Together we can ensure your child
asked questions.                              All of Tower Hamlets maintained nursery         progresses well and makes the best of
                                              and primary schools have now been               their time at school. You can be sure our
It is a good idea to visit some schools       judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted        teachers and other staff strive for nothing
and take the time to see the range of         and the borough has some of the fastest         short of excellence and, working with
opportunities that are available before       improving schools in the country. The           you, we can achieve this for your child.
making up your mind. School staff are         latest nursery and primary school results
always pleased to meet new parents            show that very high standards are               We look forward to your child attending
and carers. As long as you make an            common in schools across the borough.           one of our schools.
appointment first, they will be happy to      This has meant a rise in the number of          Yours sincerely,
show you around. All of our local schools     parents wanting to send their children
produce brochures about themselves, so        to our schools. Many schools in Tower           Debbie Jones
you may want to contact those you are         Hamlets receive more applications than          Corporate Director for Children’s Services




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Contents

                                                            aps of nursery schools and
                                                           M
1   	Introduction                               5    3    schools with nursery classes               13
l   Who is nursery education for?                5    l    Schools list and catchment area maps       13
l   The benefits of choosing nursery education   5    l    School catchment area 1 (Stepney)          14
l   Nursery provision in Tower Hamlets           6    l   School catchment area 2 (Bow))              15
l   Other pre-school provisions                  6    l   School catchment area 3 (Poplar)            16
l   Nursery class sessions                       6    l   School catchment area 4 (Isle of Dogs)      17
l   Part-time and full-time funding              7    l   School catchment area 5 (Wapping)           18
l   Early learning for two-year-olds             7    l   School catchment area 6 (Bethnal Green)     19
                                                      l   List of nursery schools and
                                                           schools with nursery classes               20
2   Applying for a nursery place                8

l   Start dates                                  8
l   How to apply                                 8
                                                      4   Children’s centres                        24

l   Completing an application                    8
                                                           requently asked questions
                                                          F
l   Closing date                                 9    5   about nursery admission                     26
l   How decisions are made                       9
l   Admission arrangements for voluntary
    
    aided schools and academies                  10   6   Appendices                                  29
l   Notification of decisions                    10     Appendix A – Understanding school catchment
                                                      l	
l   Appeals                                      10     areas and the oversubscription criteria       29
l   Waiting lists                                10     Appendix B – A step-by-step guide to
                                                      l	
l   Post-offer process                           11     applying online                               32
l   Children with additional needs               12     Glossary
                                                      l	                                             37
l   Nursery readiness                            12     Useful contacts
                                                      l	                                             38
l   Admission to primary school                  12
l   Data protection                              12
Starting Nursery - in Tower Hamlets 2019
1              Introduction

This booklet is for parents with a child born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016
who wish to apply for a place in a nursery school, or a nursery class attached to a primary
school in Tower Hamlets, for September 2019.
Children will usually start nursery school or a nursery class in the September following their third birthday. It is possible
for eligible children to access a funded place from the beginning of the term after their third birthday. Both part-time (15
hours per week) and full-time (30 hours per week) places are available at Tower Hamlets nurseries.


                                               to be part of a large group of children of       12.30pm to 3.30pm. Some settings offer
 Who is nursery education for?                 their own age. We work in partnership            wrap-around-care which means children
                                               with parents to give your child the best         can attend breakfast club (e.g. from 8am)
Nursery education is free for all three to     possible start to their education and            and after school care (e.g. until 5.30pm).
four year olds. Your child is entitled to 15   prepare them for reception class.
hours of free early years education per                                                         For more information on how a typical day
week and this is available from the term       Our nurseries are run by experienced,            in nursery is arranged you can contact
after their third birthday. Eligible parents   early years trained teachers and                 your local nursery. You can also learn more
may also be entitled to an additional 15       supported by nursery nurses and early            about the early years foundation stage from
hours per week. Some parents of two            years trained teaching assistants. All           www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/earlyyears
year olds are also eligible for 15 hours       nursery education in Tower Hamlets’              or the Department for Education website:
free nursery, but must meet certain            nursery schools and nursery classes              www.gov.uk/dfe
                                               in primary schools are rated ‘good’ by
government (income-based) criteria.                                                             Nurseries welcome visits from parents as
                                               Ofsted and many are rated ‘outstanding’.
                                                                                                they want you to feel confident that you
                                               The nursery day is arranged to allow             pick the right setting for your child. It is
 The benefits of choosing                      each child to develop at their own pace.         well worth visiting a few nursery settings
 nursery education                             Nursery classes are usually organised            before making your application.
                                               in the same way as a school, with three
Attending a nursery school or a                terms. A typical day in nursery consists
nursery class gives children a valuable        of two sessions: a morning session from
introduction to school. They will have the     approximately 9am to 12pm and an
opportunity to develop their skills and        afternoon session from approximately


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Introduction


                                                                                              Usually children attend either a morning
     Nursery provision in                       Other pre-school provisions                   or afternoon session of three hours, or
     Tower Hamlets                                                                            a full day. Where a school offers both
                                               Private, voluntary and independent             morning and afternoon sessions, the
    Nursery schools                            nurseries, preschools and play groups          school will allocate these. These may be
                                               also offer pre-school provision. A list of     allocated in consultation with parents.
    There are six maintained nursery           these providers is available from the Family   No guarantee is made of the session time
    schools in Tower Hamlets:                  Information Service on 020 7364 6495.          when a place is offered. Children from
    ll   Alice Model Nursery School                                                           multiple births, such as twins or triplets,
    ll   Children’s House Nursery School                                                      will be offered the same session.
    ll   Columbia Market Nursery School         Nursery class sessions
    ll   Harry Roberts Nursery School
    ll   Old Church Nursery School             Nursery classes are part-time for 15
    ll   Rachel Keeling Nursery School.        hours or full-time for 30 hours each week
                                               during school term.
    More information about these nursery
    schools can be found on page 20.
    Primary Schools with nursery classes
    There are 61 maintained primary schools
    which have an attached nursery class in
    Tower Hamlets.
    A full list of these nursery schools and
    classes, along with more information
    about them, can be found on page 20.




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Introduction


                                               Parents not eligible for the additional free       Your child will be eligible if any of the
 Part-time and full-time funding               15 hours may still access a full time place        following apply:
                                               by paying a top-up fee. This fee will be           ll they have a current education, health
All parents are entitled to 15 hours per       set by each nursery.                                  and care plan (EHCP)
week of free early years education for
38 weeks each year from the start              Please contact your local nursery for              ll they get disability living allowance
of the school term after their child’s         further information.                               ll they have left care through special
third birthday until the child reaches                                                               guardianship or an adoption or child
compulsory school age i.e. the term                                                                  arrangement order
after their fifth birthday.                     Early learning for
                                                two year olds                                     ll they are looked after by the local
An additional free 15 hours will only be                                                             authority.
available for families where both parents      Some children may be eligible for                  Families who have no recourse to public
are working (or the sole parent is working).   15 hours of funded childcare from the              funds are not eligible for a funded early
Typically each parent must earn at least       term after their second birthday. Unlike           learning place for two year olds.
the national minimum or living wage for        the nursery education for three and
                                               four year olds, which is open to all, the          You can check whether your child is
16 hours a week and less than £100,000
                                               early learning for two year olds is only           eligible by contacting your nearest
a year to be eligible.
                                               available to children and families that            children’s centre.
For more information on eligibility go         meet certain criteria.
                                                                                                  For more information on children’s
to: www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-
                                               Children love to play and learn, and               centres please see page 24.
costs/free-childcare-and-education-
for-2-to-4-year-olds.                          Tower Hamlets has some excellent
                                                                                                  You can also call the Family Information
                                               nurseries, pre-school playgroups and
                                                                                                  Service on 020 7364 6495 to check your
                                               childminders where they can do just that.
  Only part-time places will be                                                                   eligibility. They will also be able to discuss
  offered as part of this coordinated          Your child could take up their place in            with you what childcare is available and
  scheme. Once your child has been             the term after they turn two (with 15              what best suits you and your child.
  offered a part-time place, you               hours a week of free care) if: you are on
  may request a full-time place from           a low income; if your child has additional
  your nursery. Full-time places will          needs; or if your child is looked after by
  be subject to availability and will          the council. If you have an older child at
  depend on the eligibility criteria           school and they receive free school meals,
  outlined in the previous paragraph.          your younger children will probably be
                                               eligible for a free two year old place too.



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2                 Applying for a nursery place

                                                                                                form, you must include evidence of
     Start dates                                    If you wish to apply to a private           parental responsibility i.e. a court
                                                    nursery or a nursery in another             order, a solicitor’s letter, or a letter
    Children will usually start nursery school      local borough, you must contact             from the parent named on the child’s
    or a nursery class in the September             the nursery directly.                       birth certificate giving you permission
    following their third birthday. However, it                                                 to care for their child. If you are not a
    is possible for eligible children to access                                                 blood relative you must register with
                                                  To find out how to apply for a nursery
    a funded place from the beginning of                                                        the local authority as a private foster
                                                  place for other than a September start
    the term after their third birthday.                                                        carer. The Pupil Services team will refer
                                                  i.e. January or April, please contact
                                                  Pupil Services.                               applications to the local authority’s
                                                                                                social care team if it has concerns
     How to apply                                                                               about whom a child is living with.
                                                   Completing an application
    If your child was born between 1                                                            When submitting your online application
    September 2015 and 31 August 2016                                                           you are confirming the information you
                                                  Parents must complete and submit an           have given is accurate and complete,
    and you would like a nursery place for
                                                  online application via the eAdmissions        and that you understand if it is not, the
    September 2019, you must submit an
                                                  website: www.eadmissions.org.uk.              local authority has the right to withhold
    online application by 17 February 2019.
                                                  You can apply for up to three Tower           or withdraw the offer of a place.
    You should apply online at                    Hamlets nurseries.
    www.eadmissions.org.uk.                                                                     For guidance on completing an online
                                                  If you would like a nursery place at          application, please see Appendix B.
    Please see page 32 for instructions on        a voluntary aided school, free school
    how to make an online application.            or academy, you must – as well as             If you are unable to make an online
                                                  completing an online application –            application, please contact Pupil Services.
    When you have completed and                   complete the school’s supplementary
    submitted your application you will           information form if they have one.
    receive an instant email confirmation.                                                        You can contact Pupil Services on
    You can then make changes to your             Applications must be made by the                020 7364 5006 or by email school.
    application up until the 2019 closing         child’s parent or the person with               admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk
    date (17 February).                           parental responsibility. If you are not the
                                                  parent of the child on the application




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                                               be for the highest preference school at
 Closing date                                  which an offer can be made.                        Tie-break

                                               The decisions on applications for Tower            In the event of oversubscription within
The closing date for applications is
                                               Hamlets community nurseries are made               categories 3, 4, 5, and 6 above,
Sunday 17 February 2019.
                                               by the local authority. If a Tower Hamlets         priority will be given to children who
All applications made up until the
                                               community nursery receives more                    live closest to the school by the
closing date will be treated in the same
                                               applications than there are places available,      shortest walking distance. A digitised
way in accordance with the procedure
described in the following sections.           the decision on whether or not a place             ordnance survey map is used to
Applications are not processed on a            can be offered will be made in accordance          measure the distance from the home
first come first served basis.                 with the local authority’s admission               address to the school’s designated
                                               criteria set out in priority order below:          official entrance. In the event of two
It is very important not to apply late,                                                           distances being the same, a decision
                                               1. Children looked after by the local
because applications made after the                                                               will be made by random allocation.
                                                   authority including adopted children
closing date will be considered only after         who were previously looked after and
places have been allocated to children             children who leave care under a special
whose parents applied on time.                     guardianship or residence order.               Notes
Nursery class places are in considerable       2. Children for whom it is deemed there            Note 1: This can include the parents’,
demand and most schools will not                   is strong educational, medical or              carers’ or other family members’
have vacancies once all applications               social reason to attend the school             medical conditions and the family’s
that have been received on time have               applied to (see note 1).                       social needs. Parents must
been processed.                                                                                   complete the relevant section on the
                                               3. Children living within the catchment
                                                   area who have a sibling attending              application form and attach medical
                                                   the school (including the school of            and/or social reports from a suitable
 How decisions are made                            separate infant and junior schools) and        professional (e.g. a doctor or social
                                                   who will continue to do so on the date         worker) to support the application.
The Pupil Services team will process               of admission (see note 2).                     Note 2: Sibling means a whole, half
applications and coordinate the decisions                                                         or step-brother or step-sister who
                                               4. Children who live within the catchment
for all those who apply. Your application                                                         reside at the same address.
                                                   area of the school and for whom the
for each school is processed individually
                                                   school applied for is their nearest
and, in each case, a decision is taken to
                                                   community school within the
determine whether or not your child can
be offered a place.
                                                   catchment area.
                                                                                                  You must submit an
                                               5. Other children from within the
If we find that we can place your child at         catchment area of the school.                  online application by
more than one of your school preferences,
only one school will be allocated. This will
                                               6. Children living outside of the catchment        17 February 2019
                                                   area of the school applied to.

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      Admission arrangements                       Notification of decisions                    Appeals
      for voluntary aided schools,
      academies and free schools                  If your application was received on or       As nursery is non-statutory, parents do not
                                                  before the closing date (17 February         have the right of appeal if they do not get
     For voluntary aided schools, free schools    2019), Pupil Services will notify you of     their preferred nursery choice. However,
     and academies, it is the school’s            the outcome of your application by letter    parents may contact the local authority
     governors who will make decisions,           and email. The letter will be sent on        for more information on the reason as to
     based on the information you provided        7 May 2019 and will name the nursery         why their child was not offered a place.
     in your application and the school’s         at which a place has been offered for
     supplementary information form.              your child. The email will be sent after
     Admission policies and oversubscription      5pm on the same day. This offer will          Waiting lists
     criteria for these schools can be found on   be for a part-time place only.
     their websites or at www.towerhamlets.                                                    All children will automatically be added
                                                  If you have not been offered a place at      to the waiting lists of higher preference
     gov.uk/schooladmissions.
                                                  your chosen nurseries, you will be sent      nurseries than the one offered, unless
                                                  a list of nurseries that still have places   parents ask to remove their child from a
       The Paradigm Academies (Culloden,          remaining and given the opportunity to       waiting list.
       Old Ford and Solebay), St Paul’s           visit and apply to one of these nurseries.
                                                  Your child will also be placed on the        Waiting lists for Tower Hamlets
       Way Foundation Primary School,
                                                  waiting list for your preferred nursery.     community nurseries will be kept and
       The LETTA Trust Primary Schools
                                                                                               maintained by Pupil Services in the order
       (Bygrove Primary School and                You must accept or decline the offer of      of priorities set out on page 9.
       Stebon Primary School) and The             a place by 24 May 2019 so that nursery
       Clara Grant Primary School (part           places can then be reallocated. If you do    Waiting lists for own admission authority
       of The Tower Trust) have delegated         not reply by 24 May 2019, the offer will     nurseries i.e. voluntary aided schools,
       decisions on admissions to the             be withdrawn.                                academies and free schools, will be kept
       council and, therefore, use the same                                                    and maintained by the nursery itself.
       oversubscription criteria as Tower
       Hamlets community schools.


                                                    You must accept or decline the
                                                    offer of a place by 24 May 2019
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                                                From September 2019, parents wishing              (January and April), unless there are
 Post-offer process                             to make an in-year transfer application,          exceptional circumstances for a transfer
                                                or parents who wish to make an                    to be considered earlier.
After 7 May 2019, unsuccessful applicants       application who have not yet done so,
will automatically be added to the waiting      must make an application direct to                If your child turns three during the
list for their preferred nursery. At this       the local authority using the Nursery             2019/20 school year, you may apply for
stage consideration will be given to late       Admission 2019 application form, which            a nursery place in the term following
applicants (i.e. those that applied after 17    will be available to download from the            their third birthday.
February 2019) alongside those that were        Tower Hamlets website or available
unsuccessful in the initial round of offers.    from Pupil Services.
                                                                                                     You can contact Pupil Services
From 10 June 2019, Pupil Services will          Once children are in nursery, transfers              on 020 7364 5006 or email school.
identify nursery places for any children that   to other nurseries (in-year transfers) will          admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk
are unplaced and those that applied late.       only take place at the start of each term            for more information




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      Children with additional needs                  Admission to primary school                 Data protection
     If your child has an education, health          Whether or not your child is accepted       The information you provide on your
     and care plan (EHCP) then you must              for a nursery class place, you will need    application will be held by the London
     contact the local authority’s Special           to apply separately for a place in the      Borough of Tower Hamlets in accordance
     Educational Needs (SEN) Team to access          reception class of a primary school.        with the General Data Protection
     a nursery place. You can contact the                                                        Regulation (GDPR). Your information
     SEN team on 020 7364 4880.                                                                  may be shared with relevant council
                                                       There is no automatic right of
                                                                                                 departments, schools or other local
     If your child has additional/special              transfer from the nursery class to
                                                                                                 education authorities for the purposes of
     educational needs or a disability but             the reception class in the same
                                                                                                 admissions or fulfilling a statutory duty.
     does not have an EHCP, you should                 school, and attending a nursery
                                                                                                 We will pass the information to the school
     apply for a nursery place through the             class does not give any priority
                                                                                                 your child is offered a place at, where it
     usual route. You may also contact your            for admission to reception class
                                                                                                 will form part of the pupil database that
     local children’s centre for advice on             at the same school.
                                                                                                 the school keeps. Your information will
     getting additional support.
                                                                                                 be kept by the local authority for eight
     Information on children’s centres               You can apply for a reception place at      years after an offer of a place is made.
     in Tower Hamlets can be found on                a different primary school to one where     You may withdraw your consent for the
     page 24.                                        your child attends the nursery.             processing of your information, which
                                                                                                 will also mean the withdrawal of the
                                                     Children eligible for nursery classes in    nursery place that is offered, at any time
      Nursery readiness                              2019/20 would normally start primary        by contacting the Pupil Services team
                                                     school in September 2020. The application   within the local authority. You also have a
     It is expected that your child will be toilet   period for admission to reception will be   right to complain, object to or access the
     trained before they start in a nursery          from 1 September 2019 to 15 January         information that is held and processed
     class. They should also be able to              2020. A booklet with information about      about you. Please see the council’s
     initiate requests and have conversations        applying for a reception place will be      website (www.towerhamlets.gov.uk)
     with others.                                    available from primary schools in Tower     for further details on contacting the
                                                     Hamlets, from the Pupil Services team       Complaints and Information Team.
                                                     or online at www.towerhamlets.
                                                     gov.uk/schooladmissions from
                                                     1 September 2019.




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3   Schools list and catchment area maps

                          1    Alice Model                  36   Old Church
                          2    Arnhem Wharf                 37   Old Ford
                          3    Bangabandhu                  38   Olga
                          4    Bigland Green                39   Osmani
                          5    Blue Gate Fields Infants     40   Our Lady & St Joseph
                          6    Bonner (Mile End)            41   Rachel Keeling
                          7    Bygrove                      42   Redlands
                          8    Canon Barnett                43   Seven Mills
                          9    Cayley                       44   Shapla
                          10   Children’s House             45   Sir William Burrough
                          11   Chisenhale                   46   Smithy Street
                          12   Christ Church CE             47   St Agnes RC
                          13   Columbia Market              48   St Anne’s RC
                          14   Columbia                     49   St Edmund’s RC
                          15   Cubitt Town Infants          50   St Elizabeth’s RC
                          16   Culloden                     51   St John’s CE
                          17   Cyril Jackson                52   St Luke’s CE
                          18   Elizabeth Selby Infants      53   St Mary & St Michael RC
                          19   English Martyrs RC           54   St Matthias CE
                          20   Globe                        55   St Paul’s With
                          21   Hague                             St Luke’s CE
                          22   Halley                       56   St Paul’s Way Foundation
                          23   Harbinger                    57   St Paul’s Whitechapel CE
                          24   Harry Gosling                58   St Peter’s
                          25   Harry Roberts                     (London Docks) CE
                          26   Hermitage                    59   St Saviours CE
                          27   John Scurr                   60   Stebon
                          28   Kobi Nazrul                  61   Stewart Headlam
                          29   Lansbury Lawrence            62   The Clara Grant
                          30   Malmesbury                   63   Thomas Buxton
                          31   Manorfield                   64   Virginia
                          32   Marion Richardson            65   Wellington
                          33   Marner                       66   William Davis
                          34   Mayflower                    67   Woolmore
                          35   Mowlem


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School catchment area 1 (Stepney)


     Community nursery schools
     1  Alice Model Nursery
     25 Harry Roberts Nursery
     36 Old Church Nursery
     41 Rachel Keeling Nursery

     Community schools
     with nursery class
     3   Bangabandhu
     9   Cayley
     20 Globe
     22 Halley
     27 John Scurr
     32 Marion Richardson
     42 Redlands
     46 Smithy Street

     Academy/Free schools
     with nursery class
     45 Sir William Burrough

     Area Covered
     ll South of Approach Road and Old Ford Road
     ll West of Regents Canal
         (up to the Railway Bridge on Grove Road)
     ll West of Grove Road and Burdett Road
     ll North of Limehouse Cut from Burdett Road
         to River Thames
     ll North of River Thames
     ll East of Brodlove Lane and Devonport Street
     ll East of Lukin Street
     ll North of Commercial Road
         (from Lukin Street to Sidney Street)
     ll East of Sidney Street and Cambridge Heath Road




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School catchment area 2 (Bow)


Community nursery schools
10 Children’s House Nursery

Community schools
with nursery class
6   Bonner (Mile End)
11 Chisenhale
30 Malmesbury
38 Olga
65 Wellington

Voluntary aided schools
with nursery class
47 St Agnes RC

Academy/Free schools
with nursery class
37 	Old Ford - a Paradigm Academy
     (uses same admissions policy as
     community schools)

Area covered
ll South of Approach Road and
    A106 Victoria Park Road
ll South of Cadogan Terrace
ll West of River Lea
ll East of Regents Canal (from
    Railway Bridge on Grover Road)
    and Burdett Road
ll North of the railway line
    connecting Limehouse and
    Bromley by Bow




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School catchment area 3 (Poplar)


     Community schools with nursery class
     17 Cyril Jackson
     29 Lansbury Lawrence
     31 Manorfield
     33 Marner
     34 Mayflower
     67 Woolmore

     Voluntary aided schools
     with nursery class
     40 Our Lady & St Joseph
     55 St Paul’s with St Luke’s CE
     59 St Saviours CE

     Academy/Free schools
     with nursery class
     7 	Bygrove (uses same admission
          policy as community schools)
     16 	Culloden – a Paradigm Academy
          (uses same admissions policy
          as community schools)
     56 	St Paul’s Way Foundation
          (uses same admissions policy
          as community schools)
     60 	Steborn (uses same admission
          policy as community schools)
     62 	The Clara Grant (uses same admission
          policy as community schools)

     Area covered
     ll South of the railway line connecting
         Limehouse and Bromley by Bow
     ll West of River Lea
     ll East of Burdett Road and the River Thames
     ll North of South Dock Entrance



                                                    To find out the catchment area for your home address, please visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/equalchance
16    Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2019
School catchment area 4 (Isle of Dogs)


Community schools
with nursery class
2   Arnhem Wharf
15 Cubitt Town Infants
23 Harbinger
43 Seven Mills

Voluntary aided schools
with nursery class
49 St Edmund’s RC
52 St Luke’s CE

Area covered
ll South of South Dock Entrance
ll North of River Thames




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School catchment area 5 (Wapping)




     Community schools
     with nursery class:
     4   Bigland Green
                                               Area covered
     5   Blue Gate Fields Infants
     8   Canon Barnett                         Tower Hamlets                                           City of London
     24 Harry Gosling                          ll South of Wentworth Street (up to                     ll South of Cornhill, Leadenhall Street,
     26 Hermitage                                  Osborn Street)                                           Aldgate High Street
     44 Shapla                                 ll South of Commercial Road (from                       ll South of Harrow Place (from White
                                                   Whitechurch Lane to Lukin Street)                        Kennet Street)
     Voluntary aided schools                   ll South of Poonah Street                               ll West of Middlesex Street, Mansell
     with nursery class:                       ll West of Lukin Street, Devonport                           Street and Trinity Square
     19 English Martyrs RC                         Street and Brodlove Lane                            ll North of River Thames
     53 St Mary & St Michael RC                ll North of River Thames                                ll East of King Williams Street
     57 St Paul’s Whitechapel CE               ll East of Trinity Square, Mansell
     58 St Peter’s (London Docks) CE               Street and Middlesex Street


                                                 To find out the catchment area for your home address, please visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/equalchance
18    Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2019
School catchment area 6 (Bethnal Green)


Community nursery schools
13 Columbia Market Nursery

Community schools with nursery class
14 Columbia
18 Elizabeth Selby Infant
21 Hague
28 Kobi Nazrul
35 Mowlem
39 Osmani
61 Stewart Headlam                                                                                         Hackney
63 Thomas Buxton                                                                                           ll South of Ash Grove and Earlston Grove
64 Virginia                                                                                                ll East of Fremont Street
66 William Davis                                                                                           ll West and South of Christchurch Square
                                                                                                           ll North of Regent’s Canal (up to Ash Grove)
Voluntary Aided schools                                                                                    ll South of Dunloe Street (from Dawson
with nursery class                                                                                             Street to Columbia Road)
16 Christ Church CE                                                                                        ll West of Columbia Road
55 St Anne’s RC                                                                                            ll North of Hackney Road
57 St Elizabeth’s RC                                                                                       ll East of Weymouth Terrace (from Hackney
58 St John’s CE                                                                                                Road to 14 Dunloe Court)
61 St Matthias CE                                                                                          ll South of Cremer Street
                                                                                                           ll West of Hackney Road, Boundary Street
                                                                                                               and Shoreditch High Street
                                                                                                           ll North of Worship Street East of Scrutton
                                                                                                               Street, Christina Street,
                                                                                                           ll Gatesborough Street, Great Eastern
Area covered
                                                                                                               Street and Curtain Road
Tower Hamlets                                                                                              ll East of Shoreditch High Street (from
ll South of Hackney Road (from Shoreditch High Street to Goldsmiths                                            Rivington Street to Waterson
    Row), South of Teale Street Pritchard’s Road and Regent’s Canal                                        ll Street) and Nazrul Street City of London
ll West of Approach Road and Old Ford Road                                                                 ll South of South Place, Sun Street, Appold
ll West of Cambridge Heath Road and Sidney Street                                                              Street and Worship Street
ll North of Commercial Road (from Sidney Street to Whitechurch Lane)                                       ll West of Norton Folgate and Bishopsgate
ll North of Wentworth Street (from Osborn Street to Middlesex Street)                                      ll North of Cornhill
ll East of Middlesex Street, Norton Folgate and Boundary Street                                            ll East of Prince’s Street and Moorgate


 To find out the catchment area for your home address, please visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/equalchance
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List of Nursery schools and schools with nursery classes
      Nursery name




                                                                                                                                                 Headteacher
      and address




                                                                                                                                  After school




                                                                                                                                                                   and website
                                                        Catchment




                                                                                                                                                                   Telephone
                                                                                                          Afternoon


                                                                                                                      Breakfast
                                                                                              sessions*


                                                                                                          sessions*
                                                                                              Morning
                                                                           Nursery
                                                                           type
                                                        area




                                                                                                                      club


                                                                                                                                  club
      Alice Model Nursery School                                                                                                                                   020 7790 5425
                                                         Stepney           Community          15          15          Yes         No             Lynn Cottle
      14 Beaumont Grove, London, E1 4NQ                                                                                                                            www.alicemodel.weebly.com
      Arnhem Wharf Primary School                                                                                                                                  020 7515 4310
                                                         Isle of Dogs      Community          52          26          Yes         No             Sara Haynes
      1 Arnhem Place, London, E14 3RP                                                                                                                              www.arnhemwharfprimaryschool.com
      Bangabandhu Primary School                                                                                                                                   020 8980 0580
                                                         Stepney           Community          60          24          Yes         No             Marie Maxwell
      Wessex Street, London, E2 0LB                                                                                                                                www.bangabandhu.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Bigland Green Primary School                                                                                                               Abdul-Hayee       020 7702 7088
                                                         Wapping           Community          60          60          No          No
      Bigland Street, London, E1 2ND                                                                                                             Murshad           www.Biglandgreen.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Blue Gate Fields Infant School                                                                                                                               020 7790 3611
                                                         Wapping           Community          69          66          Yes         No             Catherine Jones
      King David Lane, London, E1 0EH                                                                                                                              www.bluegatefields-inf.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Bonner Mile End Primary School                                                                                                                               020 8980 1004
                                                         Bow               Community          60          60          Yes         No             Nicola Denton
      2C Ropery Street, London E3 4QE                                                                                                                              www.bonner.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Bygrove Primary School                                                                                                                                       020 7538 4925
                                                         Poplar            Academy            30          30          Yes         Yes            Joanna franklin
      Bygrove Street, London, E14 6DN                                                                                                                              www.bygrove.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Canon Barnett Primary School                                                                                                                                 020 7247 9023
                                                         Wapping           Community          26          26          No          No             Jackie Trudgeon
      Gunthorpe Street, London, E1 7RQ                                                                                                                             www.canonbarnett.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Cayley Primary School                                                                                                                                        020 7790 1490
                                                         Stepney           Community          30          30          Yes         Yes            Lissa Samuel
      Aston Street, London, E14 7NG                                                                                                                                www.cayley.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Children's House Nursery School                                                                                                                              020 8980 4662
                                                         Bow               Community          80          80          Yes         Yes            Chris Lewis
      92 Bruce Road, London, E3 3HL                                                                                                                                www.childrenshouse.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Chisenhale Primary School                                                                                                                  Sharon Taylor-    020 8980 2584
                                                         Bow               Community          36          36          Yes         Yes
      Chisenhale Road, London , E3 5QY                                                                                                           Sezgin            www.chisenhale.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Christchurch CofE Primary School                                                                                                                             020 7247 0792
                                                         Bethnal Green     Voluntary Aided    30          30          Yes         Yes            Julian Morant
      47A Bricklane, London, E1 6PU                                                                                                                                www.christchurchbricklaneprimary.org
      Columbia Market Nursery School                                                                                                                               020 7739 4518
                                                         Bethnal Green     Community          80          80          Yes         Yes            Lynn Cottle
      Columbia Road, London E2 7PG                                                                                                                                 www.columbiamarket.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Columbia Primary School                                                                                                                                      020 7739 3835
                                                         Bethnal Green     Community          16          16          No          No             Oliver Woodward
      Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG                                                                                                                                www.columbia.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Cubitt Town Infants' School                                                                                                                                  020 7987 3373
                                                         Isle of Dogs      Community          45          45          Yes         yes            Nikki Daly
      Manchester Road, London, E14 3NE                                                                                                                             www.cubitttowninf.co.uk
      Culloden Primary - A Paradigm Academy                                                                                                                        020 7364 1010
                                                         Poplar            Academy            84          84          No          No             Ben Carter
      Dee Street, London, E14 0PT                                                                                                                                  www.cullodenacademy.paradigmtrust.org
      Cyril Jackson Primary School                                                                                                                                 020 7987 3737
                                                         Poplar            Community          48          12          Yes         Yes            Gillian Kemp
      Limehouse Causeway, London,E14 8AQ                                                                                                                           www.cyriljackson.towerhamlets.sch.uk

     *Note: the number of morning and/or afternoon sessions may change and are subject to availability.



20     Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2019
List of Nursery schools and schools with nursery classes

 Nursery name




                                                                                                                                            Headteacher
 and address




                                                                                                                             After school




                                                                                                                                                                          and website
                                                   Catchment




                                                                                                                                                                          Telephone
                                                                                                     Afternoon


                                                                                                                 Breakfast
                                                                                         sessions*


                                                                                                     sessions*
                                                                                         Morning
                                                                      Nursery
                                                                      type
                                                   area




                                                                                                                 club


                                                                                                                             club
 Elizabeth Selby Infant School                                                                                                                                            020 7739 6187
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          52          52          Yes         Yes            Ann Wood
 Old Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6PP                                                                                                                                   www.elizabethselby.school
 English Martyrs RC Primary School                                                                                                                                        0207 709 0182
                                                    Wapping           Voluntary Aided    32          27          Yes         Yes            Mugemt
 St Marks Street, London, E1 8DJ                                                                                                                                          www.englishmartyrs.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Globe Primary School                                                                                                                                                     0208 980 1738
                                                    Stepney           Community          29          7           Yes         No             Marie Maxwell
 Gawber Street, London, E2 0JH                                                                                                                                            www.globeschool.org.uk
 Hague Primary School                                                                                                                                                     020 7739 9574
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          25          25          Yes         No             Judy Coles
 Wilmot Street, London, E2 0BP                                                                                                                                            www.hague.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Halley Primary School                                                                                                                      Wendy Otterburn-              020 7265 8061
                                                    Stepney           Community          30          12          No          No
 Halley Street, London , E14 7SS                                                                                                            Hall                          www.halley.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Harbinger Primary School                                                                                                                                                 020 7987 1924
                                                    Isle of dogs      Community          45          45          Yes         Yes            Mandy Boutwood
 Cahir Street, London, E14 3QP                                                                                                                                            www.harbingerschool.co.uk
 Harry Gosling Primary School                                                                                                                                             020 7481 1650
                                                    Wapping           Community          30          30          Yes         Yes            Jennie Bird
 Fairclough Street, London, E1 1NT                                                                                                                                        www.harrygoslingprimary.co.uk
 Harry Roberts Nursery School                                                                                                                                             020 7790 6711
                                                    Stepney           Community          80          80          Yes         No             Alexandra Law
 Commodore Street, London, E1 4PF                                                                                                                                         www.harryroberts.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Hermitage Primary School                                                                                                                                                 020 7702 1037
                                                    Wapping           Community          37          37          Yes         Yes            Zoe Howe
 Vaughan Way, London, E1W 2PT                                                                                                                                             www.hermitage.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 John Scurr Primary School                                                                                                                                                020 7790 3647
                                                    Stepney           Community          52          50          No          No             Maria Lewington
 Cephas Street, London, E1 4AX                                                                                                                                            johnscurrprimary.weebly.com
 Kobi Nazrul Primary School                                                                                                                                               020 7375 3626
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          15          15          Yes         Yes            Belinda King
 Settle Street, London, E1 1JP                                                                                                                                            www.kobinazrul.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Lansbury Lawrence Primary School                                                                                                                                         020 7987 4589
                                                    Poplar            Community          30          30          Yes         No             Owen O'Regan
 Cordelia Street, London, E14 6DZ                                                                                                                                         www.lansbury.org.uk
 Malmesbury Primary School                                                                                                                                                020 8980 4299
                                                    Bow               Community          55          30          Yes         Yes            Joanne Clensy
 Coborn Street, London, E3 2AB                                                                                                                                            www.malmesburyschool.uk
 Manorfield Primary School                                                                                                                                                020 7987 1623
                                                    Poplar            Community          60          60          No          No             Paul Jackson
 Wyvis Street, London, E14 6QD                                                                                                                                            www.manorfield.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Marion Richardson Primary School                                                                                                                                         020 7790 1441
                                                    Stepney           Community          36          36          No          No             Ian Jones
 Senrab Street, London, E1 0QF                                                                                                                                            www.marionrichardson.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Marner Primary School                                                                                                                                                    020 7987 2938
                                                    Poplar            Community          52          52          Yes         No             Nick Hague
 Devas Street, London, E3 3LL                                                                                                                                             www.marnerprimary.com
 Mayflower Primary School                                                                                                                                                 020 7987 2782
                                                    Poplar            Community          50          0           Yes         Yes            Dee Bleach
 Upper North Street, London, E14 6DU                                                                                                                                      www.mayflower.towerhamlets.sch.uk

*Note: the number of morning and/or afternoon sessions may change and are subject to availability.



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List of Nursery schools and schools with nursery classes
      Nursery name




                                                                                                                                                 Headteacher
      and address




                                                                                                                                  After school




                                                                                                                                                                   and website
                                                        Catchment




                                                                                                                                                                   Telephone
                                                                                                          Afternoon


                                                                                                                      Breakfast
                                                                                              sessions*


                                                                                                          sessions*
                                                                                              Morning
                                                                           Nursery
                                                                           type
                                                        area




                                                                                                                      club


                                                                                                                                  club
      Mowlem Primary School                                                                                                                                        020 8249 6880
                                                         Bethnal Green     Community          30          30          Yes         No             Julia Burns
      Mowlem St Bishops Way, London, E2 9HE                                                                                                                        www.mowlem.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Old Church Nursery School                                                                                                                                    020 7790 2824
                                                         Stepney           Community          120         80          Yes         Yes            Sarah Helm
      Walter Terrace, London, E1 0RJ                                                                                                                               www.oldchurch.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Old Ford Primary - A Paradigm Academy                                                                                                                        020 8980 1503
                                                         Bow               Academy            105         105         Yes         Yes            Kevin Jones
      Wrights Road, London, E3 5LD                                                                                                                                 oldfordacademy.paradigmtrust.org
      Olga Primary School                                                                                                                                          020 8981 7127
                                                         Bow               Community          78          78          Yes         Yes            Linda Ewers
      Lanfranc Road, London, E3 5DN                                                                                                                                www.olga.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Osmani Primary School                                                                                                                                        020 7247 8909
                                                         Bethnal Green     Community          60          60          Yes         No             Remi Atoyebi
      Vallance Road, London, E1 5AD                                                                                                                                www.osmani.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Primary School                                                                                                                 020 3764 8860
                                                         Poplar            Voluntary Aided    52          52          No          No             P Devereux
      Wades Place, London, E14 0DE                                                                                                                                 www.olsj.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Rachel Keeling Nursery School                                                                                                                                020 8980 5856
                                                         Stepney           Community          94          67          Yes         No             Becky Dolamore
      Bullards Place, Morpeth Street, London, E2 0PS                                                                                                               www.rachelkeeling.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Redlands Primary School                                                                                                                                      020 7790 4534
                                                         Stepney           Community          30          30          Yes         No             Ann O'Reilly
      Redmans Road, London, E1 3AQ                                                                                                                                 www.redlands.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Seven Mills Primary School                                                                                                                                   020 7987 2350
                                                         Isle Of Dogs      Community          30          30          No          No             Mike Hirst
      Malabar Street, London, E14 8LY                                                                                                                              www.sevenmills.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Shapla Primary School                                                                                                                                        020 7480 5829
                                                         Wapping           Community          30          30          No          No             Tim Barnes
      Wellclose Square, London, E1 8HY                                                                                                                             www.shaplaprimary.co.uk
      Sir William Burrough Primary School                                                                                                                          020 7987 2147
                                                         Stepney           Academy            17          17          No          No             Avril Newman
      Salmon Lane, London, E14 7PQ                                                                                                                                 www.sirwilliamburrough.net
      Smithy Street Primary School                                                                                                                                 020 7702 7971
                                                         Stepney           Community          32          32          Yes         Yes            Edith Philipsen
      Smithy Street, London, E1 3BW                                                                                                                                www.smithystreet.org.uk
      St Agnes RC Primary School                                                                                                                                   020 8980 3076
                                                         Bow               Voluntary Aided    30          30          Yes         Yes            Brid McDaid
      Rainhill Way, London, E3 3ER                                                                                                                                 www.st-agnes.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      St Anne's RC Primary School                                                                                                                                  020 7247 6327
                                                         Bethnal Green     Voluntary Aided    30          30          Yes         Yes            Sheila Mouna
      Underwood Road, London, E1 5AW                                                                                                                               www.stannesschool.org.uk
      St Edmund's RC Primary School                                                                                                                                020 7987 2546
                                                         Isle of Dogs      Voluntary Aided    25          25          No          Yes            Gail O'Flaherty
      299 Westferry Road, London, E14 3RS                                                                                                                          www.st-edmunds-school.org
      St Elizabeth's RC Primary School                                                                                                                             020 8980 3964
                                                         Bethnal Green     Voluntary Aided    30          20          Yes         Yes            A John
      Bonner Road, London, E2 9JY                                                                                                                                  www.st-elizabeth.uk
      St John's CofE Primary School                                                                                                                                020 8980 1142
                                                         Bethnal Green     Voluntary Aided    30          30          Yes         No             Terry Bennett
      Peel Grove, London, E2 9LR                                                                                                                                   www.st-johns.towerhamlets.sch.uk

     *Note: the number of morning and/or afternoon sessions may change and are subject to availability.



22     Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2019
List of Nursery schools and schools with nursery classes

 Nursery name




                                                                                                                                            Headteacher
 and address




                                                                                                                             After school




                                                                                                                                                                          and website
                                                   Catchment




                                                                                                                                                                          Telephone
                                                                                                     Afternoon


                                                                                                                 Breakfast
                                                                                         sessions*


                                                                                                     sessions*
                                                                                         Morning
                                                                      Nursery
                                                                      type
                                                   area




                                                                                                                 club


                                                                                                                             club
 St Luke's CofE Primary School                                                                                                              Rebecca                       020 7987 1753
                                                    Isle of Dogs      Voluntary Aided    30          18          Yes         Yes
 Saunders Ness Road, London, E14 3EB                                                                                                        Abrahams                      www.st-lukes.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 St Mary & St Michael RC Primary School                                                                                                                                   020 7790 4986
                                                    Wapping           Voluntary Aided    52          52          Yes         Yes            Rachel Mahon
 Sutton Street, London, E1 0BD                                                                                                                                            www.st-marymichael.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 St Matthias CofE Primary School                                                                                                                                          020 7739 8058
                                                    Bethnal Green     Voluntary Aided    30          30          Yes         No             Clare Sealy
 Bacon Street, London, E2 6DY                                                                                                                                             www.stmatthiasschool.org.uk
 St Paul's with St Luke's CofE Primary School                                                                                                                             020 7987 4624
                                                    Bow               Voluntary Aided    30          30          Yes         Yes            Nicola Horton
 Leopold Street, London, E3 4LA                                                                                                                                           www.spsl.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 St Paul's Way Foundation Primary School                                                                                                                                  020 7987 1883
                                                    Poplar            Academy            26          26          Yes         Yes            Clare Lynam
 32 St Paul's Way, London, E3 4AL                                                                                                                                         www.spwft.net
 St Paul's Whitechapel CofE Primary School                                                                                                                                020 7480 6581
                                                    Wapping           Voluntary Aided    30          30          No          No             Terry Bennett
 Wellclose Square, London, E1 8HY                                                                                                                                         www.st-pauls.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 St Peter's London Docks CofE Primary School                                                                                                                              020 7488 3050
                                                    Wapping           Voluntary Aided    36          24          Yes         Yes            Elizabeth Dickson
 Garnet Sreet, London, E1W 3QT                                                                                                                                            www.stpetersprimary.org.uk
 St Saviours CofE Primary School                                                                                                                                          020 7987 4889
                                                    Poplar            Community          30          30          No          No             Fanoula Smith
 Chrisp Street, London, E14 6BB                                                                                                                                           www.stsavioursschool.org.uk
 Stebon Primary School                                                                                                                      Joanna Franklin &             020 7987 4237
                                                    Poplar            Academy            45          45          Yes         No
 Wallwood Street, London, E14 7AD                                                                                                           Mr Jeremy Iver                www.stebon.org.uk
 Stewart Headlam Primary School                                                                                                                                           020 7247 1201
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          30          30          Yes         No             Cathy Gillespie
 Tapp Street, London, E1 5RE                                                                                                                                              www.stewartheadlam.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 The Clara Grant Primary School                                                                                                                                           020 7987 4564
                                                    Poplar            Academy            32          32          Yes         No             Susan Ward
 Knapp Road, London,E3 4BU                                                                                                                                                www.claragrant.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Thomas Buxton Primary School                                                                                                                                             020 7247 3816
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          60          60          No          No             Lorraine Flanagan
 Buxton Street, London E1 5AR                                                                                                                                             www.thomasbuxton.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Virginia Primary School                                                                                                                                                  020 7739 6195
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          13          13          No          No             Kate Gooding
 Virginia Road, London, E2 7NQ                                                                                                                                            www.virginia.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Wellington Primary School                                                                                                                                                020 8980 2413
                                                    Bow               Community          30          30          No          No             Martin Grant
 Wellington Way, London, E3 4NE                                                                                                                                           www.wellington.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 William Davis Primary School                                                                                                                                             020 7739 1511
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          30          30          Yes         Yes            Annika Eadie
 Wood Close, Cheshire Street, London, E2 6ET                                                                                                                              www.williamdavis.org.uk
 Woolmore Primary School                                                                                                                                                  020 7987 2778
                                                    Poplar            Community          52          52          Yes         No             Tracy Argent
 37 Woolmore Street, London, E14 0EW                                                                                                                                      www.woolmore.towerhamlets.sch.uk




*Note: the number of morning and/or afternoon sessions may change and are subject to availability.



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4                 Children’s centres

     A Children’s centre, often                 Children’s centres in Tower Hamlets
     called a Sure Start Centre,
     is a place where parents,
                                               The vison of the Integrated Early Years’ Service is for every child in Tower Hamlets to
     carers or families with                   have the best possible start in life - through reducing inequalities and improving quality
     children under the age of                 of life. Children’s centre services aims to support children and their families to be safe
     five can go and use play                  and happy - improving lifelong health and wellbeing.
     facilities, join in groups and            There are 12 children’s centres across the borough each offering both universal
     receive support.                          and targeted services for families:

     The purpose of children’s centres is to   Around Poplar                  John Smith                     Mowlem
     improve outcomes for young children       115 Three Colt Street          90 Stepney Way,                Wadeson Street
     and their families by shaping:            London, E14 8AP                London, E1 2EN                 London, E2 9DL
                                               020 7364 0540                  020 7364 0537                  020 7364 7935
     ll child development and school           Chrisp Street                  Marner                         Ocean
        readiness                              23 – 27 Market Way             Marner Centre                  Whitehorse Road
     ll parenting aspirations and              London, E14 6AH                Devas Street                   London, E1 0ND
        parenting skills                       020 7364 2856                  London, E3 3LL                 020 7364 0544
     ll child and family health and life                                      020 7364 3534
        chances.                               Collingwood                                                   Overland
                                               St Bartholomew Gardens         Meath Gardens                  60 Parnell Road
     Children’s centres work with parents,     Buckhurst Street               1 Smart Street                 Bow, London, E3 2RU
     families, settings and the community      London, E1 5QT                 London, E2 0SN                 020 7364 1925
     from as early as possible to make         020 7364 0539                  020 7364 0349                  Wapping
     sure children are ready for school.       Isle of Dogs                   Mile End                       Bigland Street
     The centres offer a range of support      Millwall Park,                 9 Bede Square                  London, E1 2ND
     to parents including dedicated school     Stebondale Street              Joseph Street                  020 7364 0423
     readiness workshops which include         London, E14 3BX                London, E3 4GY
     potty training and managing behaviour.    020 7364 1179                  020 7364 7557




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Children’s centres


All children’s centre services are free,      Tower Hamlets
and they include:                             Children Centre
  	Universal play sessions                   Mini Clusters
  	Drop-in fun play activities, such as
    ball pools, rockers, sandpits, building
    blocks, story book and baby play areas
  	Targeted sessions (Little Talkers,
    Invitation to Play, Thames music, baby
    massage, healthy eating, weaning
    advice, breastfeeding support, etc)
  	Parenting programmes
  	Support into volunteering and
    employment: Tower Hamlets
    WorkPath and adult learning courses
  	Specialist programmes (e.g. Positive
    Change)
  	Support with EL2 applications
  	Healthy Start vitamins and vouchers
  	Signposting and referral on to
    appropriate services



  For more information on
  children’s centres please visit
  www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/
  childrenscentres. Alternatively, you
  can contact the Family Information
  Service on 020 7364 6495 or email
  fis@towerhamlets.gov.uk.



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5
                           Frequently asked questions
                           about nursery admission

            When can my child                           What if my child turns                        What if I am not a Tower
      Q     start nursery?                         Q    three during the 2019/20                 Q    Hamlets resident but
                                                        school year?                                  would like a place at a
     Children can start nursery from the term                                                         nursery in the borough?
     following their third birthday.              If your child turns three during the
                                                  2019/20 school year, you may apply for        If you are not a resident of Tower
     If your child was born between 1
                                                  a nursery place in the term following         Hamlets but wish to apply for a
     September 2015 and 31 August 2016
                                                  their third birthday by making an in-year     nursery in the borough, you can still
     and you would like a nursery place for
                                                  application. For information on how to do     submit your online application via
     September 2019, you must submit an
                                                  that, please contact Pupil Services.          www.eadmissions.org.uk.
     online application by 17 February 2019.
     For guidance on how to make an
                                                        How can I make sure                           Is there financial help
     application, please see page 32.              Q    my child settles into                    Q    available for nursery
                                                        nursery quickly?                              provision?
            What if I want a
      Q     nursery place before                  Important independence skills, such as        All children aged three and four are
            September 2019?                       using the toilet independently, putting       entitled to 15 hours a week of free
                                                  on their coat, eating using cutlery,          nursery education during school term
     If you would like a nursery place for your   washing their hands, sharing with             times (38 weeks a year) from the term
     child for the term following their third     others, initiating conversation with peers    following their third birthday. This
     birthday but before September 2019 i.e.      and adults will help a child to settle into   entitlement can also be taken in a private
     in January or April 2019, please contact     nursery quickly. It would also be helpful     or voluntary provision.
     Pupil Services for advice on how to          if children were used to spending time
     make an application.                         away from their parents.



      Contact Pupil Services on
      020 7364 5006 or email school.
                                                  You must submit an online
      admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk
                                                  application by 17 February 2019
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Frequently asked questions about nursery admission


Only where both parents are working                   Will my child be offered a                    minimum or living wage for 16 hours a
a minimum of 16 hours – or a single              Q    full-time place?                              week and less than £100,000 a year to
parent working a minimum of 16 hours                                                                be eligible.
in a single parent family – will a child        The local authority will only offer part-time
be eligible for a free full-time place (30                                                          For more information on eligibility go
                                                places i.e. for 15 hours per week. Once
hours a week).                                                                                      to: www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-
                                                your child has been offered a part-time
                                                                                                    costs/free-childcare-and-education-
                                                place, you may request a full-time place
If you are not eligible for a full-time place                                                       for-2-to-4-year-olds
                                                from your nursery.
and you would like for your child to
attend for longer hours, you will be asked                                                          Parents not eligible for the additional free
                                                An additional free 15 hours i.e. a full time
to pay for the additional services.                                                                 15 hours may still access a full time place
                                                place will only be available for families
                                                                                                    by paying a top-up fee. This fee will be
                                                where both parents are working (or the
Some two year olds may also be eligible                                                             set by nurseries. Please contact your
                                                sole parent is working). Typically each
for 15 hours funding for 38 weeks, but                                                              local nursery for further information.
                                                parent must earn at least the national
must meet certain government (income-
based) criteria. You can check your
eligibility by calling the Family Information
Service on 020 7364 6495.
Further information can be found at
www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-
costs/free-childcare-and-education-
for-2-to-4-year-olds
For information on private or voluntary
nurseries or playgroups, you can
contact them directly or you can contact
the Family Information Service on
020 7364 6495.



 Contact Pupil Services on
 020 7364 5006 or email school.
 admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk



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Frequently asked questions about nursery admission


            Can my child attend more                       When can my child                              If my child is not offered
      Q     than one provision?                       Q    move from a nursery                      Q     a nursery place can I
                                                           to primary school?                             appeal the decision?
     It is not recommended for a child to
     be attending more than one type of              Children usually start the reception year     Parents do not have the right of appeal
     under fives activity (e.g. playgroup            of primary school at the beginning of         against the decision to refuse their child
     in the morning and nursery class in             the school year (September) following         a nursery place. However, parents may
     the afternoon). The adjustment is too           their fourth birthday. If your child was      contact the local authority for more
     demanding and confusing for most                born between 1 September 2015 and             information on the reason why their
     children of this age and much of the            31 August 2016 they will start reception      child was not offered a place.
     benefit from either activity could be lost.     in September 2020. Children who
                                                     attend a school’s nursery class do not
                                                     automatically transfer to reception, as              Can I get help with free
            Can I transfer my child                                                                 Q     early education or childcare
      Q     between nurseries?
                                                     decisions on primary school admissions
                                                     are taken separately. You must apply for             for my two year old?
                                                     a reception place by 15 January 2020.
     Once children are admitted to nursery                                                         Your two year old child may be entitled
     education, it is in their interests to remain                                                 to 15 hours of free education or
     at that school until they have to move                If my child is already in               childcare a week if you are in receipt of
     on and start reception class. Children           Q    the school’s nursery class,             low income welfare benefit or your child
     take at least a term to settle and can                is there an automatic                   meets other criteria. For a list of eligibility
     find it very upsetting to move at this                                                        criteria visit www.gov.uk/help-with-
                                                           right to a place in the
     stage. Transfers will only take place at                                                      childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-
     the start of each term and should only
                                                           reception class?
                                                                                                   education-for-2-to-4-year-olds.
     be considered if a family has moved from        No. When parents apply for their
     the area or on exceptional grounds.                                                           Your child would be eligible from the
                                                     children to start reception, no priority is
                                                                                                   beginning of the term after their second
                                                     given to children that attend the nursery
                                                                                                   birthday if you qualify for a funded
                                                     of the school. The decision on whether
                                                                                                   place. For more information, please
                                                     or not a place can be offered will be
                                                                                                   call the Family Information Service on
       Contact Pupil Services on                     made in accordance with the school’s
                                                                                                   020 7364 6495.
       020 7364 5006 or email school.                admission policy. The policy used for
       admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk                community schools in Tower Hamlets is
                                                     explained on page 9.




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                    Appendix A – Understanding school catchment
                    areas and the oversubscription criteria

                                                Other exceptional cases, such as                   This reduces the possibility of a family
 Understanding school                           medical and social reasons, will also be           having to undertake an unreasonable
 catchment areas and the                        given priority before children living in the       journey to school and provides equal
 oversubscription criteria                      catchment area.                                    opportunity for families living in parts
                                                                                                   of the borough where there are a
Tower Hamlets Council seeks to operate          There are six school catchment areas for           limited number of schools. Please see
an admissions system that provides equal        admission to Tower Hamlets community               the examples on the next page which
and fair opportunities to all applicants.       schools. The Paradigm Academies                    show how this works in practice.
This includes having due regard to children     (Culloden, Old Ford and Solebay),
living in areas where there are limited         St Paul’s Way Foundation Primary School,
options in applying for a local school place.   Bygrove Primary School, Stebon Primary               Tie break criteria
                                                School and The Clara Grant Primary
                                                School also use these catchment                    When there are more children within
 School catchment area                          areas in their admissions criteria. Each           one of the admission priorities than
                                                catchment area has a number of schools             there are places remaining at the
A school catchment area is a                    that you can choose from. Maps of each             school, the council must decide who
geographically defined boundary used to         catchment area and the schools within              to offer places to. The tie break gives
help provide children with fairer access to     them can be found on pages 13 to 19.               priority to children that live the shortest
a local school and ensure all schools in        To find out which catchment area you               walking distance from the school. For
an area have an equal share of children.        live in, view the maps on pages 13 to              example, a school may have 25 places
                                                19 or visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/               remaining once all children for whom
A child living in the school’s catchment                                                           the school is the nearest school in
area will, therefore, be given priority         equalchance
                                                                                                   the catchment area, but there are 30
over a child living outside of the school’s                                                        other children who have applied and
catchment area. This does not affect
admission categories where children
                                                 Nearest school within the                         live within the same catchment area.
                                                 catchment area.                                   The 25 children that live closest to the
with an education, health and care plan                                                            school will be offered a place and the
(EHCP) are considered before any other                                                             five children that live furthest from the
admission. Catchment areas also do              Higher priority is given to children who
                                                apply to the nearest school within their           school will not be offered a place.
not affect looked after children who are
given first priority in the admission policy.   catchment area.




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