Prospective parents and carers are welcome to visit Cayley at any time but are encouraged to visit the school whilst the children are learning, in order to see the various activities taking place and the high standards of work being achieved first hand.

Appointments should be made by calling the school office.

There is more information about the school, our vision and what we offer, in our prospectus.

Our admissions policy is set by Tower Hamlets Local Authority, there is more information about school admissions on their website.

Nursery Admissions

How to apply?

If your child was born between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021 and you would like a Nursery place for September 2024, you must apply online via the eAdmissions portal.

The closing date for Nursery applications is 16 February 2024. All applications submitted before this date are considered equally, and are not processed on a first come first served basis.

It is very important not to apply late, because applications made after the closing date will be considered only after places have been allocated to children whose families applied on time.

If your child turns three during the 2023/24 school year, you may apply for a nursery place for the term following their third birthday i.e. January 2024 or April 2024. Please contact The School Admissions Service on for more information.

Notification of decisions

If your application was received on or before the closing date, The School Admissions Service will notify you of the outcome of your application by letter and email. The letter will be sent on 9 May 2024 and will name the nursery at which your child has been offered a place. The email will be sent after 5pm on the same day.

This offer will be for a part-time place only. Once you have been offered a part-time place you may request a full time place from your nursery.

If you have not been offered a place at your chosen nurseries, you will be sent a list of nurseries that still have places remaining and given the opportunity to visit and apply to one of these nurseries. Your child will also be placed on the waiting list for your preferred nursery.

You must accept or decline the offer of a place by 23 May 2024 so that nursery places can then be reallocated. If you do not reply by 23 May 2024 the offer will be withdrawn.



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, may 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.

On occasion, if there are spaces available and parents are not eligible for the additional free 15 hours they may still access a full time place by paying a top-up fee of £25.00 per session.

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. Full-time places are subject to availability and will depend on the eligibility criteria outlined in the previous paragraph.

Children with the 30 hour code are subject to paying and additional £3.00 per hour to cover the lunch hour, irrespective of whether they have a school lunch or not.

Reception Admissions

Starting Reception in September 2024

If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 you will need to apply online for your child to start in the Reception class in September 2024. Even if your child attends Cayley Primary School. The closing date for making applications is 15 January 2024. For more information please visit the Tower Hamlets Admissions website.

National Offer Day

All families that applied for a Reception school place before 15 January 2024 will be sent a letter with the outcome of their application on 16 April 2024.

Parents will also be able to view the outcome of their application on the evening of 16 April by visiting the eAdmissions portal. Families will receive an email to inform them when the information is available to view on the website.