Year 7 Admissions

Applying for Year 7 Entry

The City of London Academy Islington is a 11 – 19 mixed, comprehensive Academy sponsored by the City of London Corporation and City, University of London. 

City Academies are publicly funded independent schools. We are a centre of excellence and we provide high quality education for children from Islington and the surrounding areas. The educational vision for the Academy is based on a culture of high expectations and achievement, within a caring community.

We expect high standards of behaviour and achievement from Academy students, to ensure that all students have every opportunity to succeed, and indeed from parents through their support for their children. A high quality, wide-ranging curriculum is offered both within the school day and after school.

The City of London Academy has an agreed admission number of 165 pupils. Entrants must reach the age of 11 during the year 1st September - 31st August inclusive, immediately prior to entry to the Academy.

Admissions Policy 2022 - 23

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Banding Tests:

All students applying for a place at our Academy are required to attend a banding test. 

The Banding Tests for September 2022 intake will take place on

  • Saturday 2nd October 2021
  • Saturday 16 October 2021

Applicants who fail to attend the banding test will not be considered until after every applicant who did sit the test, regardless of score, has been offered a place.  Please contact our Admissions Manager, Karen Becker, if there are exceptional reasons why your child is unable to sit the test.   In order to register for our banding test, please complete the attached application form and return the same to Karen Becker via email.

The Academy operates an Equal Opportunities Policy.


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School Admissions Appeal Process

Selection of places for the City of London Academy Islington is carried out by the London Borough of Islington. The Academy will be informed by the London Borough of Islington why a child has not been offered a place. All parents are allowed to appeal.

Success in an appeal is not guaranteed; places are offered at the Academy under strict criteria.

The appeals process for September 2021 has now been closed.