Apply for a secondary school place

Offer of a school place

If you apply online you will receive an email on the evening of Friday 1 March 2019 to inform you of the outcome of your application. If you apply using a paper application, your offer will be sent by first class post on 1 March and should arrive by 3 March.

The offer will be for the highest ranked school on your application that was able to offer your child a place. If your child is not offered a place at any of your preferred schools, then a place has been offered at the nearest Hackney school to your home that has vacancies remaining after everyone who applied on-time has been offered a place.

How do I accept my school place?

You must respond to the offer by Friday 15 March 2019. Your offer email will explain how to respond online. You will need to login to your online application using your email address or username and your password. (These details were emailed to you when you registered to apply online).

If you applied using a paper application form, you must complete and return the reply slip enclosed. If you don’t respond by 15 March we may withdraw the offer. We also need to know if your circumstances have changed and you no longer want the place.

Waiting lists

If you have been offered a place at a lower preference school, your child will automatically be added to the waiting lists for any Hackney schools you 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 for all of them.

Accurate waiting list positions for Hackney schools will be available from us from 1 April 2019. 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 as other children leave or join the lists.

If you applied for transfer to Year 7 in September 2019 your child will remain on waiting lists for Hackney schools until October Half Term 2019. On 25 October 2019 waiting lists will close and you must re-apply for your child to remain on waiting lists after this date.

To ensure that your child remains on the waiting list and in consideration after 25 October 2019 you must make a separate 2019/20 In Year application before Friday 18 October 2019. You can re-apply to remain on the waiting list from 1 September 2019 onward.

NOTE: We will not contact you directly to remind you to reapply. It is your responsibility to remember to reapply before 18 October 2019.

How school places were offered?

The document how school places were offered provides a breakdown of the numbers of places offered under each criteria for on time applicants for each oversubscribed Hackney schools.

Further offers

After 1 March we will continue to process applications and make offers on behalf of schools. Schools do not offer places directly. A second round of offers will be made in the week ending 29 March 2019. All late applicants, further preferences and changes to applications (eg change of address) will be considered in the next round of offers. Offers will then be made monthly when places become available. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

You are encouraged to accept the school you have been offered and wait to see if you can be offered one of your preferred schools. Accepting this offer will not reduce your chances of gaining a place in your preferred school.

Please see below a list of schools that have places or a short waiting list.

  • Arts and Media School Islington – Islington
  • Bishop Challoner School – Tower Hamlets
  • Cardinal Pole Catholic School
  • George Green's School – Tower Hamlets
  • Hackney New School
  • Haggerston School
  • Haverstock School – Camden
  • Holloway School – Islington
  • London Enterprise Academy – Tower Hamlets
  • Our Lady’s Convent High School (Girls)
  • Regent High School – Camden
  • St Aloysius' College (Boys) – Islington
  • The Urswick School
  • Wapping High School – Tower Hamlets
  • Heathcote School and Science College – Waltham Forest
  • Holy Family Catholic School – Waltham Forest
  • Lammas School – Waltham Forest
  • Kelmscott School – Waltham Forest
  • South Chingford Foundation School – Waltham Forest

To add further preferences email us at before 15 March 2019. Please include your child’s full name and date of birth and the schools you wish to add in your preferred order.


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. Appeals are heard by an Independent Appeal Panel and their decision is binding on Hackney Learning Trust, the school and the parent. If the Independent Appeal Panel agrees that your appeal should be upheld, the school must admit your child.

You must complete and return an appeal form by Friday 29 March 2019.

You can get independent advice about appeals from the Advisory Centre for Education on 0300 0115 142 or at and Coram Children’s Legal Centre on 0300 330 5485 or at

Uniform grant / free school meals

If your child will be starting in a Hackney secondary school in September 2019, they may be entitled to a clothing voucher grant (£100) and/or free school meals, further information is available on our pupil benefits pages.


Admissions and Pupil Benefits Team

020 8820 7000 (option 3)

In person: Tuesdays 9am - 1pm and Thursdays 1pm - 5pm at 2nd Floor Reception, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

This page was last modified on: 31 Jul 2019