We admit children according to the policy agreed by Tower Hamlets Education Authority. The school has a maximum intake of 45 pupils each academic year. The number of pupils able to attend the school is 310 plus 35 full-time and 18 part-time in Nursery. The school is organised into one and a half form entry – one full year group class and a mixed year group class. There is no automatic transfer from nursery to reception class – parents and carers will need to apply centrally as below.

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 on the Tower Hamlets website. A paper copy can be obtained from the Local Authority’s Pupil Admissions Team:

Pupil Services
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 5000

School admissions (

Tower Hamlets In Year Admission 2018/19 Guidance

Tower Hamlets In Year Admission Fair Access Protocol

Tower Hamlets Determined Scheme for Co-ordinated In-Year Admissions in 2020/21

Tower Hamlets Determined Co-ordinated Scheme for Admission to Reception and Year 7 in 2020/21

Admissions to Reception (EYU)

If your child is born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 they will be eligible to start school (reception) in the Autumn term 2017.

If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 this will be from September 2019. You must complete an application for a reception place, even if your child is already attending the school's nursery.

Parents/ carers must apply via the e-admissions portal. Closing date for making applications is 15 January 2019.

All parents that applied for a Reception school place before January 2019 will be sent a letter with the outcome of their application on 16 April. Parents will also be able to view the outcome of their application on the evening of 16 April by visiting the eadmissions portal.

Parents will receive an email to inform them when the information is available to view on the website.

Further information about admission to Reception can be found on the Tower Hamlets website.

Admission to Nursery 2019/20 (EYU)

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 and you would like a nursery place for September 2019, you must submit an online application by 17 February 2019.

You should apply online via the eadmissions portal. You can apply for up to three Tower Hamlets nurseries. 

Further information about admission to Nursery and key dates can be found on the Tower Hamlets website.

Admission to Nursery 2018/19 (EYU)

If your child was born between born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 and you would like to apply for a nursery place at Harbinger Primary School for the current academic year 2018/19 please contact the school office directly.

Nursery Admissions
Harbinger School
Cahir Street
London E14 3QP
Telephone: 0207 087 1924


Parents / carers will be notified of placements by letter from school within three weeks of receipt

Prospective parents/ carers wishing to visit the school should telephone the school on 0207 987 1924 for an appointment.

Nursery Funding in 2018/19 and 2019/20


All parents are entitled to 15 hours per week i.e. a part-time place, of free early years education for 38 weeks each year. This starts from the first school term after their child’s third birthday and ends when the child reaches compulsory school age i.e. the term after their fifth birthday.


An additional free 15 hours per week i.e. a full-time place, will be available for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working). Typically each parent must earn at least the national minimum or living wage for 16 hours a week and less than £100,000 a year to be eligible. For more information on eligibility visit this childcare support page.

Only part-time places will be offered as part of this coordinated scheme. Once your child has been offered a part-time place, you may request a full-time place from your nursery. Full-time places will be subject to availability and will depend on the eligibility criteria outlined in the previous paragraph.

"Over time, leaders and staff have worked effectively to improve the quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils."

- Ofsted, 2016