Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020

 
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Closing date for applications: 16 February 2020                         2017
Apply online at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/schooladmissions
Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
Applying for a nursery place – summary
  Your child would be             If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 and you wish to
  eligible for a funded           apply for a nursery place for September 2020, you must complete an online application
  nursery place from              by 16 February 2020 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 (SIF), if they have one.

  From 12 June 2020,                                                    If your application was received on or before the closing
  Pupil Services will                                                   date (16 February 2020), Pupil Services will notify you
  identify nursery                  Your Child                          of the outcome of your application by letter and email.
  places for any                      Starts                            The letter will be sent on 7 May 2020 and will name
  children that are                                                     the nursery at which a place has been offered for your
  unplaced and those                 Nursery                            child. The email will be sent after 5pm on the same
  that applied late.                                                    day. 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 22 May 2020.             a part-time place,
  given the opportunity to visit and apply to one of               If you do not reply by 22 May                you may request
  these nurseries. Your child will also be placed on               2020, the offer will be withdrawn.           a full-time place
  the waiting list for your preferred nursery.                                                                  from your nursery.

From September 2019, parents wishing to make an in-year transfer application, or parents who wish to make an application
who have not yet done so, must make an application direct to the Local Authority using the ‘In-Year Nursery Admission
2019/20’ application form which will be available to download from the Tower Hamlets website or available from Pupil Services.
If your child turns three during the 2019/20 school year, you may apply for a nursery place for the term following their third birthday.
Please contact Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006 or email school.admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk for more information.
Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
Foreword by the Corporate Director

Dear parents and carers,

Starting nursery is a big moment for both    For more information and advice, please          than there are places available, so some
parents and children. We know that you       call Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006.            children may not be offered a place at
want your child to have the best start in    We have a number of multilingual as well         the preferred school(s). Please be aware
life and choosing the right place for your   as Bengali speaking admissions officers.         of this when deciding which schools to
child can often be a difficult decision.                                                      apply to in order of preference.
This booklet is designed to help you         You should make your application online
make the right choice so that your child     and, if you don’t have your own computer,        I am sure you have very high aspirations
is happy and successful at school.           you can access the internet at any of the        for your child and expect high levels of
                                             borough’s Idea Stores.                           achievement as well as good behaviour
Inside you will find information about       The website address is www.                      and regular attendance.
schools in Tower Hamlets, including          towerhamlets.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
addresses, phone numbers and maps            Please see page 36 for more information.         The council and our schools look to work
showing exactly where they are. We have                                                       in partnership with parents and carers.
also tried to answer the most frequently     More than 97% of Tower Hamlets                   Together we can ensure your child and all
asked questions.                             maintained nursery and primary schools           children in Tower Hamlets progress well
                                             have now been judged ‘Good’ or                   and make the best of their time at school.
It is a good idea to visit some schools      ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and the borough          You can be sure our teachers and other
and take the time to see the range of        has some of the fastest improving                staff strive for nothing short of excellence
opportunities that are available before      schools in the country. The latest nursery       and, working with you, we can achieve
making up your mind. School staff are        and primary school results show that very        this for your child.
always pleased to meet new parents           high standards are common in schools
and carers. As long as you make an           across the borough. This has meant a             We look forward to your child attending
appointment first, they will be happy to     rise in the number of parents wanting to         one of our schools.
show you around. All of our local schools    send their children to our schools and in        Yours sincerely,
produce brochures about themselves, so       turn there is a greater demand for school
you may want to contact those you are        places in the borough. Most schools in           Debbie Jones
most interested in to ask for a copy.        Tower Hamlets receive more applications          Corporate Director for Children and Culture

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Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
Contents

                                                            aps of nursery schools and
                                                           M
1 	Introduction                                 5    3    schools with nursery classes               15
l   Who is nursery education for?                5    l    Schools list and catchment area maps       15
l   The benefits of choosing nursery education   5    l    School catchment area 1 (Stepney)          16
l   Nursery provision in Tower Hamlets           6    l    School catchment area 2 (Bow))             17
l   Other pre-school provisions                  6    l    School catchment area 3 (Poplar)           18
l   Nursery class sessions                       6    l   School catchment area 4 (Isle of Dogs)      19
l   Part-time and full-time funding              7    l   School catchment area 5 (Wapping)           20
l   Early learning for two-year-olds             7    l   School catchment area 6 (Bethnal Green)     21
                                                      l   List of nursery schools and
                                                           schools with nursery classes               22
2   Applying for a nursery place                8

l   Start dates                                   8
l   How to apply                                  8
                                                      4   Children’s centres                        26

l   Completing an application                     8
                                                           requently asked questions
                                                          F
l   Closing date                                  9   5   about nursery admission                     28
l   How decisions are made                       10
l   Admission arrangements for voluntary
    
    aided schools and academies                  11   6   Primary place review for parents            31
l   Notification of decisions                    11
l   Appeals                                      11
l   Waiting lists                                11   7   Appendices                                  33

l   Post-offer process                           12     Appendix A – Understanding school catchment
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l   Children with additional needs               12     areas and the oversubscription criteria       33
l   Nursery readiness                            12     Appendix B – A step-by-step guide to
                                                      l	
                                                        applying online                               36
l   Applying for a nursery place in 2019/20      12
                                                        Glossary
                                                      l	                                             41
l   Transferring from one nursery to another
    
    (in-year nursery transfer)                   13     Useful contacts
                                                      l	                                             42
l   Admission to primary school                  13
l   Data protection                              14
Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
1                Introduction

This booklet is for parents with a child born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017
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 2020.
Children will usually start nursery school or a nursery class in the September following their third birthday. It is possible for
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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Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
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 and Schools with           nurseries, preschools and play groups          school will allocate these. These may be
    nursery classes                            also offer pre-school provision. A list of     allocated in consultation with parents.
                                               these providers is available from the Family   No guarantee is made of the session time
    There are six maintained nursery           Information Service on 020 7364 6495.          when a place is offered. Children from
    schools in Tower Hamlets:
                                                                                              multiple births, such as twins or triplets,
    ll   Alice Model Nursery School                                                           will be offered the same session.
    ll   Children’s House Nursery School        Nursery class sessions
    ll   Columbia Market Nursery School
    ll   Harry Roberts Nursery School          Nursery classes are part-time for 15
    ll   Old Church Nursery School             hours or full-time for 30 hours each week
    ll   Rachel Keeling Nursery School.        during school term.

    More information about these nursery
    schools can be found on page 22.
    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 22.

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Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
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 going to:
a year to be eligible.
                                               available to children and families that            www.myearlylearning.co.uk
For more information on eligibility go         meet certain criteria.
to: www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-                                                               Alternatively you can go to your nearest
costs/free-childcare-and-education-            Children love to play and learn, and               children’s centre, and they will be able to
for-2-to-4-year-olds                           Tower Hamlets has some excellent                   do the check. For more information on
                                               nurseries, pre-school playgroups and               children’s centres please see page 26.
                                               childminders where they can do just that.
  Only part-time places will be                                                                   You can also call the Family Information
  offered as part of this coordinated          Your child could take up their place in            Service on 020 7364 6495 to check your
  scheme. Once your child has been             the term after they turn two (with 15              eligibility. They will also be able to discuss
  offered a part-time place, you               hours a week of free care) if: you are on          with you what childcare is available and
  may request a full-time place from           a low income; if your child has additional         what best suits you and your child.
  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 child will probably be
                                               eligible for a free two year old place too.

                                                                                              Apply online at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/schooladmissions   7
Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
2                  Applying for a nursery place

                                                  If you are not able to make an online     Applications must be made by the
     Start dates                                  application, you should contact Pupil     child’s parent or the person with parental
                                                  Services on 020 7364 5006.                responsibility. If you are not the parent of
    Children will usually start nursery school                                              the child on the application form, you must
    or a nursery class in the September                                                     include evidence of parental responsibility
    following their third birthday. However, it     If you wish to apply to a private
                                                    nursery or a nursery in another         i.e. a court order, a solicitor’s letter, or a
    is possible for eligible children to access                                             letter from the parent named on the child’s
    a funded place from the beginning of            local borough, you must contact
                                                    the nursery directly.                   birth certificate giving you permission to
    the term after their third birthday.                                                    care for their child. If you are not a blood
                                                                                            relative you must register with the local
                                                  To find out how to apply for a nursery    authority as a private foster carer. The Pupil
     How to apply                                 place for other than a September start    Services team will refer applications to the
                                                  i.e. January or April, please refer to    local authority’s social care team if it has
    If your child was born between 1              page 12. Alternatively, you can contact   concerns about whom a child is living with.
    September 2016 and 31 August 2017             Pupil Services.
    and you would like a nursery place for                                                  When submitting your online application
    September 2020, you must submit an                                                      you are confirming the information you
    online application by 16 February 2020.        Completing an application                have given is accurate and complete,
    You should apply online at                                                              and that you understand if it is not, the
    www.eadmissions.org.uk                        Parents must complete and submit an       local authority has the right to withhold
                                                  online application via the eAdmissions    or withdraw the offer of a place.
    Please see page 36 for instructions on
                                                  website: www.eadmissions.org.uk.          For guidance on completing an online
    how to make an online application.
                                                  You can apply for up to three Tower       application, please see Appendix B.
    When you have completed and                   Hamlets nurseries.
    submitted your application you will                                                     If you are unable to make an online
                                                  If you would like a nursery place at      application, please contact Pupil Services.
    receive an instant email confirmation.
                                                  a voluntary aided school, free school
    You can then make changes to your
                                                  or academy, you must – as well as
    application up until the 16 February                                                      You can contact Pupil Services on
                                                  completing an online application –
    2020 closing date.                                                                        020 7364 5006 or by email school.
                                                  complete the school’s supplementary
                                                  information form if they have one.          admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
Applying for a nursery place

 Closing date
                                           It is very important not to apply late,
                                           because applications made after the              You must
The closing date for applications is
                                           closing date will be considered only after
                                           places have been allocated to children
                                                                                            submit an online
Sunday 16 February 2020.
All applications made up until the
                                           whose parents applied on time.                   application by
closing date will be treated in the same
way in accordance with the procedure
                                           Nursery class places are in considerable
                                           demand and most schools will not
                                                                                            16 February 2020
described in the following sections.       have vacancies once all applications
Applications are not processed on a        that have been received on time have
first come first served basis.             been processed.

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Applying for a nursery place

                                                1. Children looked after by the local
      How decisions are made                       authority including adopted children       Tie-break
                                                   who were previously looked after and       In the event of oversubscription within
     The Pupil Services team will process          children who leave care under a special    categories 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 above,
     applications and coordinate the               guardianship or residence order.           priority will be given to children who
     decisions for all those who apply.
                                                2. Children for whom it is deemed there       live closest to the school by the
     Your application for each school is
                                                   is strong educational, medical or          shortest walking distance. A digitised
     processed individually and, in each
                                                   social reason to attend the school         ordnance survey map is used to
     case, a decision is taken to determine
                                                   applied to (see note 1).                   measure the distance from the home
     whether or not your child can be
                                                                                              address to the school’s designated
     offered a place.                           3. Children living within the catchment
                                                                                              official entrance. In the event of two
                                                   area who have a sibling attending
     If we find that we can place your                                                        distances being the same, a decision
                                                   the school (including the school of
     child at more than one of your school                                                    will be made by random allocation.
                                                   separate infant and junior schools) and
     preferences, only one school will be          who will continue to do so on the date
     allocated. This will be for the highest       of admission (see note 2).
     preference school at which an offer                                                      Notes
                                                4. Children whose parent is a member
     can be made.                                                                             Note 1: This can include the parents’,
                                                   of staff who has been employed at
     The decisions on applications for             the school concerned for two or more       carers’ or other family members’
     Tower Hamlets community nurseries             years at the time of application and/      medical conditions and the family’s
     are made by the local authority. If a         or children of a member of staff who       social needs. Parents must
     Tower Hamlets community nursery               has been recruited to fill a vacancy       complete the relevant section on the
     receives more applications than there         for which there is a demonstrable skill    application form and attach medical
     are places available, the decision on         shortage;                                  and/or social reports from a suitable
     whether or not a place can be offered                                                    professional (e.g. a doctor or social
                                                5. Children who live within the catchment     worker) to support the application.
     will be made in accordance with the           area of the school and for whom the
     local authority’s admission criteria set      school applied for is their nearest        Note 2: Sibling means a whole, half
     out in priority order as follows:             community school within the                or step-brother or step-sister who
                                                   catchment area.                            reside at the same address.
                                                6. Other children from within the
                                                   catchment area of the school.
                                                7. Children living outside of the catchment
                                                   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
                                             before the closing date (16 February             not have the right of appeal if they do
For voluntary aided schools, free schools    2020), Pupil Services will notify you of         not get their preferred nursery choice.
and academies, it is the school’s            the outcome of your application by letter        However, parents may contact the local
governors who will make decisions,           and email. The letter will be sent on            authority for more information on the
based on the information you provided        7 May 2020 and will name the nursery             reason as to why their child was not
in your application and the school’s         at which a place has been offered for            offered a place.
supplementary information form.              your child. The email will be sent after
Admission policies and oversubscription      5pm on the same day. This offer will
criteria for these schools can be found on   be for a part-time place only.                     Waiting lists
their websites or at www.towerhamlets.
                                             If you have not been offered a place at          All children will automatically be added
gov.uk/schooladmissions
                                             your chosen nurseries, you will be sent          to the waiting lists of higher preference
                                             a list of nurseries that still have places       nurseries than the one offered, unless
  The Paradigm Academies (Culloden           remaining and given the opportunity to           parents ask to remove their child from a
  and Old Ford), St Paul’s Way               visit and apply to one of these nurseries.       waiting list.
  Foundation Trust School, The LETTA         Your child will also be placed on the
                                             waiting list for your preferred nursery.         Waiting lists for Tower Hamlets
  Trust Primary Schools (Bygrove
                                                                                              community nurseries will be kept and
  Primary School and Stebon Primary          You must accept or decline the offer of          maintained by Pupil Services in the order
  School) and The Clara Grant                a place by 22 May 2020 so that nursery           of priorities set out on page 10.
  Primary School (part of The Tower          places can then be re-allocated. If you
  Trust) have delegated decisions on         do not reply by 22 May 2020, the offer           Waiting lists for own admission authority
  admissions to the Local Authority          will be withdrawn.                               nurseries i.e. voluntary aided schools,
  and, therefore, use the same                                                                academies and free schools, will be kept
  oversubscription criteria as Tower                                                          and maintained by the nursery itself.
  Hamlets community schools.

                                             You must accept or decline the
                                             offer of a place by 22 May 2020
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Applying for a nursery place

      Post-offer process                                Children with additional needs                  Applying for a nursery place
                                                                                                        in 2019/20
     After 7 May 2020, unsuccessful applicants         If your child has an education, health
     will automatically be added to the waiting        and care plan (EHCP) then you must              If your child was born between
     list for their preferred nursery. At this         contact the local authority’s Special           1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016
     stage consideration will be given to late         Educational Needs (SEN) Team to access          and does not attend nursery, you can
     applicants (i.e. those that applied after 16      a nursery place. You can contact the            apply for a nursery place for the 2019/20
     February 2020) alongside those that were          SEN team on 020 7364 4880.                      school year by making an application
     unsuccessful in the initial round of offers.                                                      direct to the Local Authority using the
                                                       If your child has additional/special
                                                                                                       ‘In-Year Nursery Admission 2019/20’
     From 12 June 2020, Pupil Services will            educational needs or a disability but
                                                                                                       application form which is available to
     identify nursery places for any children that     does not have an EHCP, you should
                                                                                                       download from the Tower Hamlets
     are unplaced and those that applied late.         apply for a nursery place through the
                                                                                                       website and available from Pupil Services.
                                                       usual route. You may also contact your
     From September 2020, parents wishing              local children’s centre for advice on
     to make an in-year transfer application, or                                                       Pupil Services will normally let parents
                                                       getting additional support.                     know whether or not a place can
     parents who wish to make an application
     who have not yet done so, must make an            Information on children’s centres in Tower      be offered within ten school days of
     application direct to the Local Authority using   Hamlets can be found on page 26.                receiving an application for a child who
     the ‘In-Year Nursery Admission 2020/21’                                                           does not have a nursery place.
     application form which will be available
                                                        Nursery readiness                              If your child turns three during the
     to download from the Tower Hamlets
                                                                                                       2019/20 school year, you may apply for
     website and available from Pupil Services.
                                                                                                       a nursery place for the term following
                                                       It is expected that your child will be toilet
     Once children are in nursery, transfers                                                           their third birthday i.e. January 2020 or
                                                       trained before they start in a nursery
     to other nurseries (in-year transfers) will                                                       April 2020.
                                                       class. They should also be able to
     only take place at the start of each term         initiate requests and have conversations
     (January and April), unless there are                                                             Please contact Pupil Services for more
                                                       with others.                                    information.
     exceptional circumstances for a transfer
     to be considered earlier.
     If your child turns three during the
     2020/21 school year, you may apply for              You can contact Pupil Services on 020 7364 5006 or email
     a nursery place in the term following               school.admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk for more information
     their third birthday.

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                                               The local authority will consider transfer
 Transferring from one                         requests in line with the timetable below:         Admission to primary school
 nursery to another (in-year
 nursery transfer)                             Transfer          Closing     Parents            Whether or not your child is accepted
                                               point             date        sent               for a nursery class place, you will need
You may want your child to transfer from                                     outcome            to apply separately for a place in the
one Tower Hamlets nursery to another.                                                           reception class of a primary school.
This can be arranged by Pupil Services,        Spring Term       1        4
but you will first need to speak with the      (January 2020     November December                 There is no automatic right of
head teacher of your child’s current           Start)            2019     2019                     transfer from the nursery class to
nursery and complete the ‘In-Year                                                                  the reception class in the same
Nursery Admission 2019/20’ application         Summer Term 21                                      school, and attending a nursery
                                                                             20 March
form which is available to download from       (April 2020 February                                class does not give any priority
                                                                             2020
the Tower Hamlets website and available        Start)      2020                                    for admission to reception class
from Pupil Services.                                                                               at the same school.
                                               For more information on submitting
Once children are in nursery, transfers        an in-year nursery application, please
to other nurseries (in-year transfers) will                                                     You can apply for a reception place at
                                               contact the Pupil Services team on
only take place at the start of each term                                                       a different primary school to one where
                                               020 7364 5006.
(i.e. January and April), unless there are                                                      your child attends the nursery.
exceptional circumstances for a transfer
to be considered earlier.                                                                       Children eligible for nursery in 2020/21
                                                                                                would normally start primary school in
It is not always possible for a child to                                                        September 2021.
transfer to another school if that school is
                                                                                                The application period for admission
already full or if there are more applicants
                                                                                                to Reception class in 2021 will be
than places available at the time you
                                                                                                from 1 September 2020 to 15 January
make your application. Your child will,
                                                                                                2021. A booklet with information about
therefore, be placed on the school’s
                                                                                                applying for a Reception place will
waiting list in line with the school’s
                                                                                                be available from primary schools in
admission criteria.
                                                                                                Tower Hamlets, from the Pupil Services
                                                                                                team or online at www.towerhamlets.
                                                                                                gov.uk/schooladmissions from
                                                                                                1 September 2020.

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Applying for a nursery place

      Data protection

     The information you provide on your
     application will be held by the London
     Borough of Tower Hamlets in accordance
     with the General Data Protection
     Regulation (GDPR). Your information
     may be shared with relevant council
     departments, schools or other local
     education authorities for the purposes of
     admissions or fulfilling a statutory duty.
     We will pass the information to the school
     your child is offered a place at, where it
     will form part of the pupil database that
     the school keeps. Your information will
     be kept by the local authority for eight
     years after an offer of a place is made.
     You may withdraw your consent for the
     processing of your information, which
     will also mean the withdrawal of the
     nursery place that is offered, at any time
     by contacting the Pupil Services team
     within the local authority. You also have a
     right to complain, object to or access the
     information that is held and processed
     about you. Please see the council’s
     website (www.towerhamlets.gov.uk)
     for further details on contacting the
     Complaints and Information Team.

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3   Schools list and catchment area maps

                          1    Alice Model Nursery          35   Mowlem
                          2    Arnhem Wharf                 36   Old Church
                          3    Bangabandhu                  37   Old Ford
                          4    Bigland Green                38   Olga
                          5    Blue Gate Fields Infants     39   Osmani
                          6    Bonner (Mile End)            40   Our Lady & St Joseph
                          7    Bygrove                      41   Rachel Keeling
                          8    Canon Barnett                42   Redlands
                          9    Cayley                       43   Seven Mills
                          10   Children’s House             44   Shapla
                          11   Chisenhale                   45   Sir William Burrough
                          12   Christ Church CE             46   Smithy Street
                          13   Columbia Market Nursery      47   St Agnes RC
                          14   Columbia                     48   St Anne’s RC
                          15   Cubitt Town Infants          49   St Edmund’s RC
                          16   Culloden                     50   St Elizabeth’s RC
                          17   Cyril Jackson                51   St John’s CE
                          18   Elizabeth Selby &            52   St Luke’s CE
                               Lawdale Junior               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 Trust
                          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

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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

                                                  To find out the catchment area for your home address, please visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/equalchance
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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

 To find out the catchment area for your home address, please visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/equalchance
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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 Trust
          (uses same admissions policy
          as community schools)
     60 	Stebon (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
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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

 To find out the catchment area for your home address, please visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/equalchance
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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
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School catchment area 6 (Bethnal Green)

Community nursery schools
13 Columbia Market Nursery

Community schools with nursery class
14 Columbia
18 Elizabeth Selby & Lawdale Junior
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
                                                                                                          Apply online at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/schooladmissions   21
List of Nursery schools and schools with nursery classes

                                                                                              places available†

                                                                                                                  Full time places
      Nursery name

                                                                                                                                                                Headteacher
      and address

                                                                                                                                                 After school

                                                                                                                                                                                  and website
                                                        Catchment

                                                                                                                                                                                  Telephone
                                                                                              Number of

                                                                                                                                     Breakfast
                                                                           Nursery
                                                                           type
                                                        area

                                                                                                                                     club

                                                                                                                                                 club
      Alice Model Nursery School *                                                                                                                                                020 7790 5425
                                                        Stepney            Community          21                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Lynn Cottle
      14 Beaumont Grove, London, E1 4NQ                                                                                                                                           www.alicemodel.weebly.com
      Arnhem Wharf Primary School *                                                                                                                                               020 7515 4310
                                                        Isle of Dogs       Community          40                  Yes                Yes         No             Sara Haynes
      1 Arnhem Place, London, E14 3RP                                                                                                                                             www.arnhemwharfprimaryschool.com
      Bangabandhu Primary School *                                                                                                                                                020 8980 0580
                                                        Stepney            Community          39                  No                 No          No             Marie Maxwell
      Wessex Street, London, E2 0LB                                                                                                                                               www.bangabandhu.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Bigland Green Primary School *                                                                                                                            Abdul-Hayee       020 7702 7088
                                                        Wapping            Community          120                 Yes                No          No
      Bigland Street, London, E1 2ND                                                                                                                            Murshad           www.biglandgreen.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Blue Gate Fields Infant School *                                                                                                                                            020 7790 3611
                                                         Wapping           Community          90                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Catherine Jones
      King David Lane, London, E1 0EH                                                                                                                                             www.bluegatefieldsinfant.co.uk
      Bonner Mile End Primary School *                                                                                                                                            020 8980 1004
                                                         Bow               Community          60                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Nicola Denton
      2C Ropery Street, London E3 4QE                                                                                                                                             www.bonner.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Bygrove Primary School *                                                                                                                                                    020 7538 4925
                                                         Poplar            Academy            60                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Joanna Franklin
      Bygrove Street, London, E14 6DN                                                                                                                                             www.bygrove.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Canon Barnett Primary School •                                                                                                                            Sarah Jane        020 7247 9023
                                                         Wapping           Community          52                  Yes                Yes         No
      Gunthorpe Street, London, E1 7RQ                                                                                                                          Bellerby          www.canonbarnett.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Cayley Primary School •                                                                                                                                                     020 7790 1490
                                                         Stepney           Community          50                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Lissa Samuel
      Aston Street, London, E14 7NG                                                                                                                                               www.cayley.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Children's House Nursery School *                                                                                                                                           020 8980 4662
                                                         Bow               Community          33                  Yes                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                  Yes                Yes         Yes
      Chisenhale Road, London , E3 5QY                                                                                                                          Sezgin            www.chisenhale.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Christchurch CofE Primary School *                                                                                                                                          020 7247 0792
                                                         Bethnal Green     Voluntary Aided    28                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Julian Morant
      47A Bricklane, London, E1 6PU                                                                                                                                               www.christchurchbricklaneprimary.org
      Columbia Market Nursery School *                                                                                                                                            020 7739 4518
                                                         Bethnal Green     Community          21                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Lynn Cottle
      Columbia Road, London E2 7PG                                                                                                                                                www.columbiamarket.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Columbia Primary School *                                                                                                                                                   020 7739 3835
                                                         Bethnal Green     Community          72                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Oliver Woodward
      Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG                                                                                                                                               www.columbia.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Cubitt Town Infants' School *                                                                                                                                               020 7987 3373
                                                         Isle of Dogs      Community          90                  No                 No          No             Nikki Daly
      Manchester Road, London, E14 3NE                                                                                                                                            www.cubitttowninf.co.uk
      Culloden Primary - A Paradigm Academy *                                                                                                                                     020 7364 1010
                                                         Poplar            Academy            90                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Ben Carter
      Dee Street, London, E14 0PT                                                                                                                                                 www.cullodenacademy.paradigmtrust.org
      Cyril Jackson Primary School *                                                                                                                            Gillian Kemp/     020 7987 3737
                                                         Poplar            Community          64                  Yes                Yes         Yes
      Limehouse Causeway, London,E14 8AQ                                                                                                                        Hodo Drir         www.cyriljackson.towerhamlets.sch.uk

     †
       The number of places available may change and are subject to availability. *There are no consultations planned to change admission numbers to this school before September 2020.
     • This school is involved in the current Primary Place Review and its planned admission number for September 2020 may change (see page 31).

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List of Nursery schools and schools with nursery classes

                                                                                         places available†

                                                                                                             Full time places
 Nursery name

                                                                                                                                                           Headteacher
 and address

                                                                                                                                            After school

                                                                                                                                                                                         and website
                                                   Catchment

                                                                                                                                                                                         Telephone
                                                                                         Number of

                                                                                                                                Breakfast
                                                                      Nursery
                                                                      type
                                                   area

                                                                                                                                club

                                                                                                                                            club
 Elizabeth Selby Infant School *                                                                                                                                                         020 7739 6187
                                                   Bethnal Green      Community          52                  Yes                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    26                  Yes                Yes         yes            Bronagh Nugemt
 St Marks Street, London, E1 8DJ                                                                                                                                                         www.englishmartyrs.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Globe Primary School *                                                                                                                                                                  0208 980 1738
                                                   Stepney            Community          39                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Marie Maxwell
 Gawber Street, London, E2 0JH                                                                                                                                                           www.globeschool.org.uk
 Hague Primary School *                                                                                                                                                                  020 7739 9574
                                                   Bethnal Green      Community          25                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Judy Coles
 Wilmot Street, London, E2 0BP                                                                                                                                                           www.hague.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Halley Primary School *                                                                                                                                   Shoshannah                    020 7265 8061
                                                    Stepney           Community          30                  Yes                No          No
 Halley Street, London , E14 7SS                                                                                                                           Thompson                      www.halley.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Harbinger Primary School *                                                                                                                                                              020 7987 1924
                                                    Isle of dogs      Community          45                  No                 Yes         No             Andy Smith
 Cahir Street, London, E14 3QP                                                                                                                                                           www.harbingerschool.co.uk
 Harry Gosling Primary School *                                                                                                                                                          020 7481 1650
                                                    Wapping           Community          51                  Yes                No          No             Jennie Bird
 Fairclough Street, London, E1 1NT                                                                                                                                                       www.harrygoslingprimary.co.uk
 Harry Roberts Nursery School *                                                                                                                                                          020 7790 6711
                                                    Stepney           Community          160                 Yes                Yes         No             Alexandra Law
 Commodore Street, London, E1 4PF                                                                                                                                                        www.harryroberts.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Hermitage Primary School *                                                                                                                                                              020 7702 1037
                                                    Wapping           Community          70                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Zoe Howe
 Vaughan Way, London, E1W 2PT                                                                                                                                                            www.hermitage.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 John Scurr Primary School *                                                                                                                                                             020 7790 3647
                                                    Stepney           Community          102                 Yes                No          No             Maria Lewington
 Cephas Street, London, E1 4AX                                                                                                                                                           www.johnscurrprimary.weebly.com
 Kobi Nazrul Primary School *                                                                                                                                                            020 7375 3626
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          30                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Belinda King
 Settle Street, London, E1 1JP                                                                                                                                                           www.kobinazrul.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Lansbury Lawrence Primary School *                                                                                                                                                      020 7987 4589
                                                    Poplar            Community          90                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Owen O'Regan
 Cordelia Street, London, E14 6DZ                                                                                                                                                        www.lansburylawerence.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Malmesbury Primary School •                                                                                                                                                             020 8980 4299
                                                    Bow               Community          60                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Frank Harrowell
 Coborn Street, London, E3 2AB                                                                                                                                                           www.malmesburyschool.uk
 Manorfield Primary School *                                                                                                                                                             020 7987 1623
                                                    Poplar            Community          90                  Yes                No          No             Paul Jackson
 Wyvis Street, London, E14 6QD                                                                                                                                                           www.manorfield.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Marion Richardson Primary School *                                                                                                                                                      020 7790 1441
                                                    Stepney           Community          20                  Yes                Yes         No             Angie Kruger
 Senrab Street, London, E1 0QF                                                                                                                                                           www.marionrichardson.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Marner Primary School *                                                                                                                                                                 020 7987 2938
                                                    Poplar            Community          104                 Yes                Yes         No             Nicholas Hague
 Devas Street, London, E3 3LL                                                                                                                                                            www.marnerprimary.com
 Mayflower Primary School *                                                                                                                                                              020 7987 2782
                                                    Poplar            Community          50                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Dee Bleach
 Upper North Street, London, E14 6DU                                                                                                                                                     www.mayflower.towerhamlets.sch.uk

†
  The number of places available may change and are subject to availability. *There are no consultations planned to change admission numbers to this school before September 2020.
• This school is involved in the current Primary Place Review and its planned admission number for September 2020 may change (see page 31).

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List of Nursery schools and schools with nursery classes

                                                                                              places available†

                                                                                                                  Full time places
      Nursery name

                                                                                                                                                                Headteacher
      and address

                                                                                                                                                 After school

                                                                                                                                                                                   and website
                                                        Catchment

                                                                                                                                                                                   Telephone
                                                                                              Number of

                                                                                                                                     Breakfast
                                                                           Nursery
                                                                           type
                                                        area

                                                                                                                                     club

                                                                                                                                                 club
      Mowlem Primary School *                                                                                                                                                      020 8249 6880
                                                        Bethnal Green      Community          30                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Julia Burns
      Mowlem St Bishops Way, London, E2 9HE                                                                                                                                        www.mowlem.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Old Church Nursery School *                                                                                                                                                  020 7790 2824
                                                        Stepney            Community          160                 Yes                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            150                 Yes                Yes         Yes            Kevin Jones
      Wrights Road, London, E3 5LD                                                                                                                                                 oldfordacademy.paradigmtrust.org
      Olga Primary School •                                                                                                                                                        020 8981 7127
                                                        Bow                Community          80                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Linda Ewers
      Lanfranc Road, London, E3 5DN                                                                                                                                                www.olga.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Osmani Primary School *                                                                                                                                                      020 7247 8909
                                                         Bethnal Green     Community          60                  Yes                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    60                  Yes                No          No             Patrick Devereux
      Wades Place, London, E14 0DE                                                                                                                                                 www.olsj.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Rachel Keeling Nursery School *                                                                                                                                              020 8980 5856
                                                         Stepney           Community          128                 No                 Yes         No             Becky Dolamore
      Bullards Place, Morpeth Street, London, E2 0PS                                                                                                                               www.rachelkeeling.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Redlands Primary School •                                                                                                                                                    020 7790 4534
                                                         Stepney           Community          60                  Yes                Yes         Yes            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                  Yes                No          No             Tom Foster
      Malabar Street, London, E14 8LY                                                                                                                                              www.sevenmills.towerhamlets.sch.uk
      Shapla Primary School •                                                                                                                                   John Musgrave      020 7480 5829
                                                         Wapping           Community          30                  Yes                Yes         Yes
      Wellclose Square, London, E1 8HY                                                                                                                          Bolanos            www.shapla.school
      Sir William Burrough Primary School *                                                                                                                                        020 7987 2147
                                                         Stepney           Academy            62                  Yes                No          No             Avril Newman
      Salmon Lane, London, E14 7PQ                                                                                                                                                 www.sirwilliamburrough.net
      Smithy Street Primary School •                                                                                                                                               020 7702 7971
                                                         Stepney           Community          64                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Edith Philipsen
      Smithy Street, London, E1 3BW                                                                                                                                                www.smithystreet.org.uk
      St Agnes RC Primary School *                                                                                                                                                 020 8980 3076
                                                         Bow               Voluntary Aided    26                  Yes                No          No             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    39                  Yes                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                  Yes                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    50                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Angelina John
      Bonner Road, London, E2 9JY                                                                                                                                                  www.st-elizabeth.uk
      St John's CofE Primary School *                                                                                                                                              020 8980 1142
                                                         Bethnal Green     Voluntary Aided    26                  Yes                Yes         No             Terry Bennett
      Peel Grove, London, E2 9LR                                                                                                                                                   www.st-johns.towerhamlets.sch.uk

     †
       The number of places available may change and are subject to availability. *There are no consultations planned to change admission numbers to this school before September 2020.
     • This school is involved in the current Primary Place Review and its planned admission number for September 2020 may change (see page 31).

24     Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
List of Nursery schools and schools with nursery classes

                                                                                         places available†

                                                                                                             Full time places
 Nursery name

                                                                                                                                                           Headteacher
 and address

                                                                                                                                            After school

                                                                                                                                                                                         and website
                                                   Catchment

                                                                                                                                                                                         Telephone
                                                                                         Number of

                                                                                                                                Breakfast
                                                                      Nursery
                                                                      type
                                                   area

                                                                                                                                club

                                                                                                                                            club
 St Luke's CofE Primary School *                                                                                                                                                         020 7987 1753
                                                   Isle of Dogs       Voluntary Aided    60                  No                 Yes         Yes            Rebecca Abrahams
 Saunders Ness Road, London, E14 3EB                                                                                                                                                     www.st-lukes.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 St Mary & St Michael RC Primary School *                                                                                                                                                020 7790 4986
                                                   Wapping            Voluntary Aided    52                  Yes                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                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Keeley Warren
 Bacon Street, London, E2 6DY                                                                                                                                                            www.stmatthiasschool.org.uk
 St Paul's with St Luke's CofE Primary School *                                                                                                                                          020 7987 4624
                                                   Poplar             Voluntary Aided    35                  No                 Yes         Yes            Nicola Horton
 Leopold Street, London, E3 4LA                                                                                                                                                          www.spsl.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 St Paul's Way Trust Primary School *                                                                                                                                                    020 7987 1883
                                                    Poplar            Academy            32                  Yes                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    28                  Yes                Yes         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                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Elizabeth Dickson
 Garnet Sreet, London, E1W 3QT                                                                                                                                                           www.stpetersprimary.org.uk
 St Saviours CofE Primary School *                                                                                                                                                       020 7987 4889
                                                    Poplar            Voluntary Aided    60                  Yes                No          No             Fanoula Smith
 Chrisp Street, London, E14 6BB                                                                                                                                                          www.stsavioursschool.org.uk
 Stebon Primary School *                                                                                                                                                                 020 7987 4237
                                                    Poplar            Academy            96                  yes                Yes         Yes            Jeremy Iver
 Wallwood Street, London, E14 7AD                                                                                                                                                        www.stebon.org.uk
 Stewart Headlam Primary School •                                                                                                                                                        020 7247 1201
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          60                  Yes                Yes         No             Cathy Gillespie
 Tapp Street, London, E1 5RE                                                                                                                                                             www.stewartheadlam.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 The Clara Grant Primary School *                                                                                                                                                        020 7987 4564
                                                    Poplar            Academy            48                  Yes                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                  Yes                No          No             Lorraine Flanagan
 Buxton Street, London E1 5AR                                                                                                                                                            www.thomasbuxton.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Virginia Primary School *                                                                                                                                                               020 7739 6195
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          26                  Yes                No          No             Kate Gooding
 Virginia Road, London, E2 7NQ                                                                                                                                                           www.virginia.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 Wellington Primary School *                                                                                                                                                             020 8980 2413
                                                    Bow               Community          45                  Yes                Yes         No             Martin Grant
 Wellington Way, London, E3 4NE                                                                                                                                                          www.wellington.towerhamlets.sch.uk
 William Davis Primary School *                                                                                                                                                          020 7739 1511
                                                    Bethnal Green     Community          26                  Yes                Yes         Yes            Annika Eadie
 Wood Close, Cheshire Street, London, E2 6ET                                                                                                                                             www.williamdavis.org.uk
 Woolmore Primary School *                                                                                                                                                               020 7987 2778
                                                    Poplar            Community          104                 Yes                Yes         No             Tracy Argent
 37 Woolmore Street, London, E14 0EW                                                                                                                                                     www.woolmore.towerhamlets.sch.uk

†
  The number of places available may change and are subject to availability. *There are no consultations planned to change admission numbers to this school before September 2020.
• This school is involved in the current Primary Place Review and its planned admission number for September 2020 may change (see page 31).

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4                  Children’s centres

     A Children’s centre, often                 Children’s centres in Tower Hamlets
     called a Sure Start Children’s
     Centre, is a place where
                                               The vision of the Integrated Early Years’ Service is for every child in Tower Hamlets to
     parents, carers or families               have the best possible start in life - through reducing inequalities and improving quality
     with children under the age               of life. Children’s centre services aims to support children and their families to be safe
     of 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

26    Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
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, 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
  	Early help 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 2020/21                   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
                                                2020/21 school year, you may apply for          If you are not a resident of Tower
     If your child was born between
                                                a nursery place in the term following           Hamlets but wish to apply for a
     1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017
                                                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 2020, you must submit an
                                                that, please refer to page 12. Alternatively,   www.eadmissions.org.uk
     online application by 16 February 2020.
                                                you can contact Pupil Services.
     For guidance on how to make an
     application, please see page 36.
                                                      How can I make sure
                                                 Q    my child settles into
            What if I want a                          nursery quickly?
      Q     nursery place before
            September 2020?                     Important independence skills such as
                                                using the toilet independently, putting
     If you would like a nursery place for      on their coat, eating using cutlery,
     your child for the term following their    washing their hands, sharing with
     third birthday but before September        others, initiating conversation with peers
     2020 i.e. in January or April 2020,        and adults will help a child to settle into
     please refer to page 12 for advice         nursery quickly. It would also be helpful
     on how to make an in-year nursery          if children were used to spending time
     application, or contact Pupil Services.    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 16 February 2020
28    Starting Nursery in Tower Hamlets 2020
Frequently asked questions about nursery admission

       Is there financial help                   For information on private or voluntary                    Can my child attend more
 Q     available for nursery                     nurseries or playgroups, you can contact            Q      than one provision?
       provision?                                them directly or you can contact the Family
                                                 Information Service on 020 7364 6495.              It is not recommended for a child to be
All children aged three and four are                                                                attending more than one type of under-
entitled to 15 hours a week of free                                                                 fives activity (e.g. playgroup in the morning
                                                       Will my child be offered a
nursery education during school term
times (38 weeks a year) from the term
                                                  Q    full-time place?
                                                                                                    and nursery class in the afternoon). The
                                                                                                    adjustment is too demanding and confusing
following their third birthday. This                                                                for most children of this age and much of
entitlement can also be taken in a               The local authority will only offer part-          the benefit from either activity could be lost.
private or voluntary provision.                  time places i.e. for 15 hours per week.
                                                 Once your child has been offered a part-
Only where both parents are working a            time place, you may request a full-time                    Can I transfer my child
minimum of 16 hours – or a single parent         place from your nursery.                            Q      between nurseries?
working a minimum of 16 hours in a single
parent family – will a child be eligible for a   An additional free 15 hours i.e. a full time
                                                                                                    Once children are admitted to nursery
free full-time place (30 hours a week).          place will only be available for families
                                                                                                    education, it is in their interests to remain
                                                 where both parents are working (or the
                                                                                                    at that school until they have to move on
If you are not eligible for a full-time place    sole parent is working).
                                                                                                    and start Reception class. Children take
and you would like for your child to                                                                at least a term to settle and can find it
attend for longer hours, you will be asked       Typically each parent must earn at least
                                                 the national minimum or living wage for            very upsetting to move at this stage.
to pay for the additional services.
                                                 16 hours a week and less than £100,000
                                                                                                    Transfers will only take place at the
Some two year olds may also be eligible          a year to be eligible.
                                                                                                    start of each term and should only be
for 15 hours funding for 38 weeks, but                                                              considered if a family has moved from the
must meet certain government (income-            For more information on eligibility go to:
                                                 www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-                    area or on exceptional grounds. Please
based) criteria. You can check your                                                                 refer to page 13 for more information.
eligibility by visiting www.myearlylearning.     costs/free-childcare-and-education-
co.uk/EarlyYears/About or by calling             for-2-to-4-year-olds
the Family Information Service on                Parents not eligible for the additional free
020 7364 6495.                                   15 hours may still access a full time place
Further information can be found at              by paying a top-up fee. This fee will be in          Contact Pupil Services on
www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-                  the region of £7.50 per additional hour.             020 7364 5006 or email school.
costs/free-childcare-and-education-              Please contact your local nursery for                admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk
for-2-to-4-year-olds                             further information.

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