Catchment areas being widened over pressure for Tower Hamlets school places

School catchment areas could soon be widened in London’s East End because of soaring demand for primary places.

Parents are being asked to comment on new arrangements proposed by Tower Hamlets council.

Consultations have begun this week on its new policy for the year after next, from September 2015.

The authority is seeking views on admission numbers and ambitious schemes to coordinate nursery, reception, Year-7 admissions as well as reducing catchment areas from seven to six because of the East End’s rocketing population.

The proposals are aimed at meeting the demand for primary school places close to home, especially around Bow, Old Ford and Mile End where there is a shortage because of more housing development and growing numbers of births.

Details of the proposals are available from the Pupil Admissions office on 020-364 5006, or online at