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.

*Please find admission arrangements here for 17/18

*Please find admission arrangements here for 18/19

*Please find admission arrangements here for 19/20

All children applying to the academy, including children with statements of Special Educational Needs and looked after children, will be required to take the Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT4 Level C) designed by GL Assessments. 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. An equal number of children will be assigned to each band (where possible) based on the range of ability of the applicants. Each band represents approximately 25% of the applicants. Children with EHCP identifying SEND and looked after children are included in the appropriate 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 EHCP identifying SEND 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:

a) Children in public care

b) A child subject to a child protection plan

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

d) Up to a maximum of nine children (across all bands) resident in the City of London (if more than nine students apply, selection within fair bands to be determined by drawing lots).

e) 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.

f) 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.

Tie Break

Random allocation undertaken by an independent body will be used as a tiebreaker in categories b – f above to decide who has highest priority for a place if the distance between a child’s home and The City Academy, Hackney is equidistant in any two or more cases.


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.

You can read The Appeals Guide HERE.

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.

In Year Admissions

In Year applications should be made via Hackney Learning Trust. The Academy will participate in the arrangements published by Hackney Learning Trust, which provide for the allocation of places in line with the Academy’s admissions policy and the maintenance of a waiting list of pupils applying to the Academy, should no vacancies be available at the time of application. The Academy retains sole responsibility for ranking applications and deciding which applicants will be admitted.

More information about admissions can be found here.