An enjoyable, challenging and relevant Sixth Form

The aim of our Sixth Form is to develop young learners into independent, studious and professional young adults, by insisting on the same core values that characterise the work of the academy as a whole.

In 2014, our students made more academic progress than in any other school in London. In fact, the attainment of our students in their GCSEs demonstrated the best progress of any co-educational secondary school in the country as a whole. In addition, we have received two ‘Outstanding’ grades from Ofsted; judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in every category.

In 2016 and 2017 our A level students received outstanding grades.  All of them progressed to university or high level apprenticeships with over a third attending Russell group universities, twice the national average.


Progression rate.


Year 11: 100% progression to sixth form/college/apprenticeship.

Year 13: 88% University, 3% Degree Apprenticeship & 9% Gap Year.

Retention rate.

46% of our year 11 students progressed onto our Sixth Form programme.


When we were established in 2009 our aim was to build an exceptional academy for our students based on the highest expectations.

The education we offer, and the standards we deliver are not the only reasons for choosing The City Academy, Hackney. We have established links with Russell Group universities including unique links, through our sponsors, with Clare College, Cambridge and Wadham College, Oxford. Our joint sponsor, KPMG, provides volunteer subject mentoring as well as paid alternatives to higher education, while The City of London Corporation also offer work experience opportunities. Our dedicated University Support Programme and partnership with The Access Project are designed to help students prepare for university and guide them through the application process. Our hand-picked, experienced, Personal Advisers will support, guide, mentor and provide the help and intervention required for students to achieve the best possible grades in their chosen A levels.

In the Sixth Form our commitment to excellence extends to our enrichment offer, where we provide an extensive sports, arts and community enrichment programme certified through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

The Mark Emmerson Sixth Form Centre opened in November 2016 offering exceptional accommodation including a dedicated café, common room, classrooms, study areas and library, adding to our range of excellent facilities including collaborative work areas, gym, Astroturf sports pitch, and industry-standard music and drama studios.

Our Sixth Form provides our students, and those who join the academy at 16, with the best opportunities to achieve in a supportive and challenging environment where the highest expectations are reflected in all we do.

Mark Malcolm