"Can I please extend my thanks once again to the staff involved with the transition newsletters/website and those who were at the zoom meeting last week. It can't be easy having to adapt to this current situation, but everything so far has been informative and my daughter has gone from apprehensive to very excited to join!" 

(New year 7 parent, summer 2020)

We realise that the transition from primary to secondary school can be a daunting time for both parents and students. If you have any queries about admissions to the academy please contact our Admissions Officer on
020 7275 1508 or email

Year 6 into 7 Admissions

Applications to join the academy in Year 7 in September 2021 should go via the Hackney Learning Trust website.  The deadline for applications is 23rd october 2020.

Our Year 7 intake is 180 students. Priority is given to siblings of students currently at the academy, after which we use a randomised lottery system which allocates 50% of places from Zone 1 and 50% from Zone 2 as shown on the map below.

Places at the academy are allocated equally across bands A-D which are determined by the CATS test that every Year 6 student in Hackney sits in the autumn.


Each year the academy is over subscribed but all Hackney residents and some Islington residents have an equal and fair chance of a place and a waiting list for those that would still like to be considered for a place after initial allocation.

Mid Year Admissions

Any student interested in joining the academy mid way through the year must apply via:

Hackney Learning Trust website

Applications to Sixth Form

We welcome applications to our Sixth Form from students all over Hackney and the surrounding boroughs. Please visit our Sixth Form pages for more information.

Admissions Policy

Please note that our Admissions Policy covers admissions at all stages, including Year 6 into 7, mid year and Year 11 into Sixth Form.

Admissions-Policy 2022-2023

Admissions Policy 2021-2022

Admissions Policy 2020-2021

Operation of Waiting List

Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in The Learning Trust's co-ordinated admission scheme, the academy will operate a waiting list. Parents wishing to add their child to the waiting list must contact Hackney Learning Trust. Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out in our Admissions Policy. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria and their CATS band score.

For more information and advice on applying to secondary school go to