Category Archives: 6th Form

Make music in Tower Hamlets

The Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) provides opportunities for children and young people to learn a musical instrument and express themselves both in and out of school, by taking part in choirs, ensembles and projects including:

  1. Children’s Choir – Mondays after school (7–11 year olds)
  2. Wednesday Music Centre – Wednesdays after school (7-11 year olds)
  3. Saturday Music Centre – Saturday mornings (7-18 year olds)
  4. Soundbox inclusive ensemble for disabled and non-disabled young people, fortnightly on Saturdays (11-25 year olds)
  5. Youth Orchestra – during school holidays (11-21 year olds)

Opportunities are either free or heavily subsidised and open to children and young people who live or go to school in Tower Hamlets.

Platform to Talk – new programme launched

Platform to Talk – the online discussion-based sessions delivered by the Parental Engagement Team, have just launched a programme for the new academic year.

The sessions, provide a safe space for you to come together with other parents, share your experiences and get reliable information.

The new programme covers a range of issues that matter to parents or relate to national awareness dates.

GCSE Results 2021!

Swanlea School
GCSE Press Release
August 2021

Well done to our amazing Year 11 students on their exceptional GCSE and BTEC examination results! Swanlea students’ have excelled this year, despite the challenges faced from the pandemic, with our grades and progress amongst the best in the country. Some of their achievements are listed below.

Giuly Uddin – Best progress results in her GCSES, made more than 3 grades progress compared to previous similar students on entry at secondary school. She worked really hard to achieve 3 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s, and 4 grade 7s.

Muaj Rahman – Our top performing student, with 9 grade 9s, 1 distinction and 1 grade 8. Muaj has been the Year Team council head boy and played an important role over the years representing the students’ views on the school council.

Nadia Ahmed – One of our top performing students. Consistently working hard through the pandemic to achieve 4 grade 9s, 5 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s. Grade 9s in subjects English Language, German, Physics and RE.

Umar Subhan – One of our top performing students. Consistently working hard through the pandemic to achieve 3 grade 9s, 5 grade 8s and 1 grade 7 and a distinction. Grade 9s in subjects English Language and English Literature.

Our attainment 8 score is a fantastic 56.10, with 85% of students achieving the key 9-4 grades in English and Maths. A superb 67% of students went on to achieve grades 9-5 in English and Maths. 90% of students were rewarded with a grade 4 or higher in English, with 87% achieving the same figure in Maths.

All of our Year 11 students have been a credit to themselves and their families, they deserve great credit for their hard work and resilience over the past two years. We are so proud of them and wish them every success in their future studies at Swanlea 6th form and beyond. Well done Year 11!

Covid-19 testing update

We are asking that anyone over the age of 11-years-old who lives, works, or learns in Tower Hamlets has a PCR test for Covid-19. 

This includes people who do not have any symptoms, people who have been vaccinated and people who have recently had a negative LFT (‘rapid’ test).

We are opening more testing sites for people to get tested or collect home test kits. Some of these will be temporary, all of them will offer walk-in testing, with no appointment necessary.

In addition to doing your one-off PCR test, we ask that you continue with regular rapid tests and follow the usual guidance if you have symptoms.

Visit for the latest information on testing options, locations and opening times, or you can call the council’s helpline on 020 7364 3030 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Why is more testing being made available?

Tower Hamlets has one of the lowest Covid-19 testing rates in London and we need your help to change it.

Testing finds Covid-19 cases and stops further spread, because people can self-isolate when they know they are positive. This protects everyone.

In recent weeks, a small number of Covid-19 variants of concern have been identified in Tower Hamlets. These variants of concern were first identified in Brazil and South Africa. Testing helps us learn more about these new variants, as well as reduce or even stop their spread.

With more social restrictions easing from Monday 17 May, more people will be coming into contact with each other, meaning it is important that everyone is taking regular tests – whether they have symptoms or not.

What does this mean for education settings?

Education settings should remain open as usual and continue to follow government guidance.

Please share this new testing information with your school community and display copies of our testing poster in your school or college from Monday 17 May:

  • Letter to residents
  • Testing poster for schools

If you have staff who do not live in Tower Hamlets, please ask them to do a test in the borough to ensure that it is picked up by the lab as part of Tower Hamlets testing.

Your local Health & Safety team have reviewed the risk assessment template considering these new Covid-19 variants. Please review and refresh your risk assessment to ensure that existing control measures are well implemented.

To support families to self-isolate when they need to, please share details of the council’s self-isolation support programme which offers a £500 payment to eligible parents who are required to self-isolate. Visit the council website to learn more.

Stay local as lockdown rules ease

Stay local as lockdown rules ease, get tested, and plan your park visit.

On Monday 29 March, rules in England around Covid-19 were eased slightly as part of the roadmap announced by the Prime Minister on 22 February.

The stay at home message has now been lifted and people can:

  • Meet outdoors, including in gardens, either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible).
  • Take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be reopening).
  • Childcare and supervised activities, and organised parent and child groups (up to 15 attendees), will be allowed outdoors.

For more information, please click here.