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


Please Note:

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.

Applications for In Year places at Skinners’ Academy should be made via the admissions team at Hackney Learning Trust (click through here)



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

 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.


Admissions Policy (11-16) 2016-2017

Admissions Policy (11-16) 2017-2018

Admissions Policy (11-16) 2018-2019

Admissions Policy (11-16) 2019-2020

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