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This page contains information about admissions in September 2024, September 2025 & Appeals for September 2024.


Admissions to Year 7 in September 2024

The deadline for applying for a place in Year 7 in September 2024 has passed.  If you have not applied, and wish to do so, you must contact the local authority in which you live.


Admissions to Year 7 in September 2025

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.

Year 6 Open Events

Our Open Events will take place in September and October. Dates will be provided here towards the end of the summer term.  In the meantime please watch our short tour video which we hope will give you a true sense of what Skinners’ Academy is about and what we have to offer.

Please Note:

Applications for Year 7 Admissions to Skinners’ Academy will be coordinated through your home borough’s co-ordinated admission arrangements (e.g. through Hackney Education (HE) for Hackney residents) and we use HE ’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 late November. More information is given in our FAQ sheet below. Any enquiries about taking the banding test should be made direct to HE. Please see our Admissions Policy 2024-2025, and 2025-2026 below 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 2024-2025, some additional information from the prospectus and a brief Skinners’ Academy Admissions FAQ sheet which you may find helpful, can all be accessed below.



The Academy’s oversubscription criteria (which apply if there are more applications than places) applicable to admissions to Year 7 in September 2025, are clearly explained in our Admissions Policy 2025-2026 which can be accessed below (likewise in relation to late admissions in September 2024).

Appeals for a place in Year 7 in September 2024


If you have not been offered a place at Skinner’s 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. All appeals will be heard online which has the advantage that your appeal can be heard from your home or place of work.


If you wish to appeal, please use this link to complete your appeal online. Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is suggested that you download the explanatory booklet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form. Booklet Link 


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, but on different forms.


Any letters or reports that you wish the panel to see should be uploaded at this time. You are asked to bear in mind that if you later send additional information, the closing date is 5 working days before the STAGE 1 hearing.  All appointed panels have agreed NOT to take any late letters or reports after the 5 working day deadline.  This will be strictly enforced.  For secondary/primary transfer appeals, the hearing will take place at least TWO months after the refusal letter.  This gives you plenty of time to get your evidence together if you act early and take account of school holidays.


Please note that the online form will ask you to download two utility bills dated in the last THREE months.  If you do not have access to a scanner, please take two photographs with a mobile phone and upload the photographic files.


Full details about the hearing will be sent to you with your invitation to the hearing.

If you wish to contact the clerk – email :


The timetable for appeals is as follows: -

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