St Elizabeth Catholic School

Transition to Secondary School

Starting Secondary school in September 2021

If you live in Tower Hamlets and your child is in Year 6 (born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010) you will need to make an online application via 
eadmissions portal 
for them to transfer to secondary school in September 2021.
Closing date for making applications is 31 October 2020. For more information please contact:
Mohammed Malik: 020 7364 4307
Kelly Mack: 020 7364 5860
Email: school.admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk
 

Before you apply

contains all the information you need on applying, including a step by step guide to making your online application.  
We have also produced a film which explains the 
secondary transfer process
and gives useful tips and advice from parents and children who have experience of the process.
You may also find this short information clip highlighting the main dates and important information useful.
https://youtu.be/bq6HLEqvdsA

Visiting dates for Tower Hamlets Secondary Schools 
As a result of Covid-19 and the governments social distancing advice, some Tower Hamlets secondary schools have put alternative arrangements in place for visiting this year. Please visit the individual school website or check the most up to date information on the visiting dates page.
Please note that these arrangements are also subject to last minute change so please do check before you visit.

Changes to preference 

In response to Covid-19 related issues, many schools which test for a child’s ability or aptitude have decided to postpone admission tests until later in the autumn term.
Despite these changes, parents should still register their child for tests by published deadlines and submit their common application form by the national closing date, 31 October 2020. 
The schools in Tower Hamlets that select partially on aptitude are Stepney All Saints CofE School (formerly Sir John Cass) and St Pauls Way Trust School. However you will receive notification of the outcome for both schools before 31 October 2020 allowing you time to alter preferences, if you wish, before the closing date.
If you are a Tower Hamlets resident and you are applying for a selective school outside of Tower Hamlets:
  • Once you receive the results of the test, you can make changes to your application preferences (such as to add or remove a selective school) as long as you notify school.admissions@towerhamlets.gov.uk by 10 December 2020. Changes to preference after this date will only be considered after places are offered on 1 March 2021.
If you are NOT a Tower Hamlets resident:
  • Please contact your home local authority for their policy on making changes to a school admission application.
 
 
Please refer to the Pupil Ability Banding FAQ leaflet for explanation on why Tower Hamlets uses banding and how it works in practice.
Special note: Given the circumstances with Covid-19 it was not possible to carry out the usual testing arrangements of Year 5 pupils in the summer term 2020 in order for this data to then be used for secondary school banding.
The band for a pupil attending a Tower Hamlets primary school will therefore be determined this year by a teacher assessment in reading.
The assessment will be based on where the pupils would have been predicted to have been working at the end of Year 5 had schools been functioning 'as normal' and following the national curriculum Year 5 programme of study.
The result of the assessment is used to place a child in one of four bands A, B, C and D.  D is the highest scoring band.
For pupils applying from primary schools outside of Tower Hamlets we will also determine the band by asking the primary school for a teacher assessment in reading.



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