Admission and Transfer Procedure

Ben Jonson is a non-selective, state-funded school serving children of all abilities. Places will be allocated to those who live nearest to the school as well as, of course, providing for those with a statement of educational need and those who are in Local Authority care.

Priorities for admission after 5 years of age:

  • Children looked after by a Local Authority (children in care).
  • Children for whom there is an identified special need - educational, social, emotional, physical or medical.
  • Sisters or brothers of children already attending Ben Jonson, provided they live within 1.5 miles of the school.
  • Children who live closest, measured by the shortest walking distance.

If you are unsuccessful in your bid for a place in the Foundation Two (Reception) or older classes, you have the right to appeal. Appeal forms are available from the school office. 

During the Autumn Term, parents of children in their final year at Ben Jonson will receive information about transferring to a secondary school the following September. A parents/carers session is also arranged for the end of Year 5 to explain necessary procedures.

The policy and arrangements for admission to the school are set out in the Local Authority's school admissions booklet 'Starting School in Tower Hamlets', which can be accessed at A paper copy can be obtained from the Local Authority's Pupil Admissions Team on tel: 020 7364 5006.

Children with Statements of SEN

For children with a Local Authority Statement of Special Educational Needs, parents must contact the SEN Department at LB of Tower Hamlets, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG, requesting a place.

Years 1 to 6

If you have just moved to the area with children of school age, please contact Pupil Services at Tower Hamlets Pupil Admissions Team, 020 7364 5006.

All other admissions are coordinated centrally through that office. However, parents/carers can state a preference for where their child is placed.

Queries for Parents

If you have any questions regarding our school please contact Dee Dillon, our Attendance and Family Welfare Officer.