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Applying for a secondary school place for September 2018

Applications open on 1 September 2017 for children who will start secondary school in September 2018.  The closing date for Hackney residents is Friday 20 October 2017.

Secondary School Open Events

All applicants are encouraged to visit their preferred schools before making their application.  The open mornings and evenings for Hackney secondary schools are listed below.

School Open Events
Cardinal Pole Catholic School Tuesday 26 September, 5 – 8pm (Headteacher speaks at 5.30pm and 6.30pm)
Thursday 28 September through to Friday 6 October from 9 – 10.15 am
City of London Academy, Shoreditch Park Wednesday 27 September, 4.30-7.30pm
Clapton Girls’ Academy Saturday 16 September, 10 am – 12.30pm
Thursday 21 September, 9.15 - 10.30 am
Tuesday 26 September, 9.15 - 10.30 am
Wednesday 4 October, 9.15 - 10.30 am
Thursday 12 October, 5 – 7.30 pm
Hackney New School Friday 22 September, 9 – 11 am
Friday 29 September, 9 – 11 am
Friday 6 October, 9 – 11 am
Open mornings by appointment only in 30 min blocks)
Tuesday 10 October, 7 – 9 pm

Haggerston School

Monday 2 October, 5 – 7.30pm

Lubavitch Senior Girls School Wednesday 13 September
(Contact the school for further information.)
Mossbourne Community Academy Thursday 21 September, 4.30 - 7.30 pm
(Last entry: 7:30pm.  Evening ends at 8 pm)
Mossbourne Victoria Park Thursday 28th September, 4.30 - 7.30pm
(Last entry: 7:30pm.  Evening ends at 8pm)
Our Lady’s Convent High School Tuesday 19 September, 4.00 - 8.00pm
(Last entry: 7:30pm. Evening ends at 8pm)
Skinners’ Academy Wednesday 20 September, 4.30 - 6.30pm
Wednesday 4 October, 5 - 7pm
Thursday 5 October, 9 - 10am
Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form Monday 18 September, 5 - 7.30 pm
Monday 9 October, 5 - 7.30 pm
Monday 25 through to Thursday 28 September, 9.45 to 10.45 am
Monday 16 October, 9.45 to 10.45 am
The Bridge Academy Thursday 14 September, 4.30 - 7.30 pm. (Last admission 7.00 pm)
Thursday 28 September & Thursday 5 October 9.00 - 10.15 am (Last admission at 9.15 am)
The City Academy, Hackney Thursday 5 October, 5 - 8 pm (Visitors from 4.30 pm. Last entry: 7:30 pm. Evening ends at 8 pm)
Thursday 12 October, 9.45 – 11 am & 10.20 – 11.30 am
Friday 13 October 9.45 – 11 am & 10.20 – 11.30 am (Open mornings by appointment only, book via school website)
The Petchey Academy Monday 25 September, 5.30-8pm (last entry at 7.30 pm)
Open Mornings every Thursday 8:30 am (by appointment only, book by emailing
The Urswick School Tuesday 3 October, 5.30 – 7.30 pm (Headteacher speaks at 6.15pm & 7.00pm)
Tours commence at 9am and 10am every Tuesday and Thursday between 14 September and 19 October 2017.
Contact the school for further information.
Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School Open mornings are held in September and October 2017 by appointment only.


Offer of a secondary school place September 2017

What to do with your offer

Applicants who applied online will get an email from eAdmissions of the result of the application from 5pm on the 1st March 2017. Those applicants who completed paper applications will be sent a letter posted on 1st March 2017 by first class post.

How do I accept my school place?

The email from eAdmissions will tell you what to do, simply follow the instruction to accept your child’s school place directly online.

Those of you who receive the outcome by post must complete and return the reply slip enclosed. Remember that either way you must accept the offer by Wednesday 15th March 2017. If you don’t do this, we may withdraw the offer. We also need to know if your circumstances have changed and you no longer want the place

What happens if I don't get a place in any of my preferred schools?

Hackney Learning Trust will ask you to consider Schools that still have places available. You will need to rank your new preferences in order of 1st, 2nd and 3rd on the reply form. You will only get one offer of a school place. If you need to discuss your situation in more detail, you can contact either the Admissions Team on 020 8820 7489/7247 for advice about your options, including details of available schools outside Hackney

Will my child be on the application waiting list for the schools I do not get a place at?

If you have been offered a place at a lower preference school, your child will automatically be added to the waiting lists of any Hackney schools you have ranked higher on your application form. If you have been refused a place at all Hackney schools you listed on your application form, your child will automatically be added to the waiting lists of all of them. Your child’s position on the lists will be worked out according to the admissions criteria for each school and can go up or down depending on whether other children have been added to the lists. Hackney Learning Trust will continue to offer places and maintain the lists until the end of August 2017. Parents will need to confirm by 1 September 2017 if they wish their child to remain on the waiting lists. From this date, waiting lists will be maintained in accordance with the secondary school in-year admissions process. All secondary schools will inform us when a vacancy becomes available. The next child on the waiting list will be offered a place, and the Admissions Team will send an offer letter to the parent.

How do I appeal?

If you believe there are exceptional reasons why your child can only attend a particular school, you can appeal against the refusal of a place at that school. (Appeal forms below) Please note that very few appeals are successful. You must complete and return an appeal form by the date specified on the individual form.

You can get independent advice about appeals from:

Further information

The admissions criteria for each school is in the admissions brochure below, to view the full version of the admissions policy go to the school's own website or contact the school direct.


Appeal forms

Starting Year 7 - The City Academy 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - Cardinal Pole School 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - Hackney New School 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - Mossbourne Community Academy 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - Skinners' Academy 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - Stoke Newington School 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - The Bridge 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - Clapton Girls' Academy 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - The Petchey Academy 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - The Urswick School 2017Secondary2017
Starting Year 7 - City Of London Academy Shoreditch Park Appeal form 2017Secondary2017


Supplementary forms

Cardinal Pole - Certificate of Religious Practice
Lubavitch Senior Girls' School - Supplementary Information Form 2017 18
Our Lady's Convent - Supplementary Information Form
The Urswick School - Supplementary Information Form 2017.18
Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls' School 2017.18