Applying to join The City Academy, Hackney

Applications for places at The City Academy, Hackney will be made in accordance with Hackney Learning Trust’s co-ordinated admission arrangements.

All children applying to the academy, including children with statements of Special Educational Needs and looked after children, will be required to take the GL Assessment, CATS3 Level C test. Children who do not sit the test will be considered after those who sit the test.

Applicants will be placed in one of four bands, based on their performance in the test. Approximately the same number of children will be admitted in each of the four bands so that each band represents 25% of the applicants. Children with statements of SEN and looked after children are placed in a band. If they are unable to take the test, their band allocation will be based on their primary school teacher assessments. The academy will consider all applicants for places. Where fewer than 180 applications are received, the academy will offer places to all those who have applied.

After the admission of pupils with statements of SEN where The City Academy, Hackney is named and the number of applications for admission is greater than the published capacity, applications will be considered within each band against the following criteria:

1. Children in public care

2. A child subject to a child protection plan

3. Students whose siblings currently attend the academy and will continue to do so on the date of admission

4. Up to nine students resident in the City of London (if more than nine students apply, selection within fair bands to be determined by drawing lots)

5. Children of staff employed at the academy, where a member of staff has been employed for two or more years at the time at which the application is being made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.

6. Students will then be offered places on the basis of the proximity of their home (permanent residence) to the main entrance of the academy measured in a straight line on a map.


If you have not been offered a place at The City Academy, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. The appeals are held in Hackney.

If you wish to appeal, please download an Appeal Form HERE or tel 020 8525 5440 and a form will be sent to you. You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school.

The timetable for appeals is as follows:

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2018 4 pm on Thursday 29 March 2018. Any appeal forms received after this date will be considered a late appeal and may not be heard until September 2018. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage.
Appeals will take place on A general meeting, known as stage 1, for all parents appealing on Monday 4 June 2018 at 6.00 pm at the school. 5, 6 and 7 June 2018 for individual “stage 2” hearings. These hearings are held during the day and you will be given an allocated time for your hearing. The stage 2 hearings will be held at ANOTHER venue to be advised on the invitation letter.
 Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel At least 10 school days before the hearing
Any additional or supporting evidence Friday 25 May 2018. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account.
Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel By Friday 15 June 2018
 In year appeals These appeals are heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being lodged with the Clerk. Unless you waive this right, you will be given 10 school days’ notice of the hearing. Additional evidence must be sent to the Clerk to the panel not later than 5 working days before the hearing. Decision letters are dispatched 5 working days after the hearing.

More information about admissions can be found here.