Thank you for your interest in Skinners’ Academy. This page contains information about admissions in September 2018 and September 2019, In Year Admissions (i.e. admissions to all year groups), and information about appeals.
Admissions to Year 7 in September 2019
The last year of primary school for your child typically speeds by, partly due to the fact that you are looking to the future as soon as Year 6 starts. The deadline for applying to Hackney secondary schools is in the October of the year before your child progresses to secondary school, so this is an important time of research and exploration.
We’re very proud of our Academy and welcome any questions you may have.
Skinners’ Academy is holding Open Events at the Academy in the Autumn term on the following dates:
- Wednesday 19 September – 4.30 – 6.30pm (Principal’s presentations begin at 4.45pm and 5.45pm)
- Wednesday 10 October, 5.00-7.00pm (Principal’s presentations begin at 5.15pm and 6.15pm)
- Thursday 11 October – 9.00 – 10.00am (Principal’s presentation begins at 9.35am)
A Parent View:
“My child feels extremely safe and happy at Skinners’ Academy. The staff are approachable and always willing to provide support which I am very pleased with.”
Parent of a Year 8 Pupil
Applications for Year 7 Admissions to Skinners’ Academy will be co-ordinated through your home borough’s co-ordinated admission arrangements (e.g. through Hackney Learning Trust for Hackney residents) and we use HLT’s published timetable. Applications for places at the Academy must be made using the Common Application Form for the relevant local authority where the applicant resides.
(For your reference, the Skinners’ Academy DFE number is 204 6909)
All applicants need to take a banding test. Those living in Hackney, and attending Hackney primary schools, will take the test at their primary school. Those who live outside Hackney, or attend primary schools outside Hackney, must make sure that they take the test which is carried out in Hackney, generally in early December. Any enquiries about taking the banding test should be made direct to Hackney Learning Trust. Please see our Admissions Policy 2019-2010 here for further information on untested applicants.
More information about the co-ordinated secondary schools admissions procedure is available on the “Before you apply” section of the Hackney Learning Trust website. A copy of the Skinners’ Academy Prospectus 2018-2019 is available here, some additional information from the prospectus is available here and finally a brief Skinners’ Academy Admissions FAQ sheet here which you may find helpful. The prospectus for 2019-20, an updated FAQ (frequently asked questions) sheet and additional information will be posted here when available.
Admissions to Year 7 in September 2018
The deadline for applying for a place in Year 7 in September 2018 has passed. If you have not applied, and wish to do so, you must contact the local authority in which you live.
In Year Admissions (i.e. admissions for all year groups)
Skinners’ Academy’s Admissions Policy 2017-2018 which is available here governs our admissions. A copy of the Skinners’ Academy Prospectus 2017-2018 is available here, some additional information from the prospectus is available here and finally a brief Skinners’ Academy Admissions FAQ sheet here which you may find helpful.
The Academy’s oversubscription criteria (which apply if there are more applications than places) are clearly explained in our Admissions Policy 2017-2018 which is found here. The oversubscription criteria applicable to admissions to Year 7 in September 2019, are clearly explained in our Admissions Policy 2019-2020
If you have not been offered a place at Skinners’ 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 8800 7411 and ask to speak to the Admissions Administrator, Mrs Howard, 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. For appeal forms for other schools please contact Hackney Learning Trust or the relevant school direct.
The timetable for Skinners’ appeals is as follows:-
Year 7 September 2018
|Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2018||4 pm on Thursday 29 March 2018. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage. (Any appeal forms received after this date will be considered a late appeal and may not be heard until September 2018).|
|Appeals will take place on||Friday 8 June 2017|
|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 unless you waive this right|
|Any additional or supporting evidence should be provided by you||On or before Friday 1 June 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 generally you may wish to refer to Admission Appeals for Academies – A Guide for parents and carers which is available here.