School profile

The City Academy, Hackney

The City of London Academies Trust (CoLAT) is driven by the ambition to provide world-class experiences and deliver exceptional educational outcomes for the young people we serve.

We are working in partnership with Teach First to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) where you will gain Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE.

Our academies draw upon the best traditions, institutions, heritage and historical successes of the City Corporation and London. We deliver life-transforming learning experiences allowing all our pupils, whatever their background, to make a positive contribution to their local, national and global communities.

Your career is our priority. We are committed to providing first-rate training and development opportunities to all our staff, in addition to excellent career advancement opportunities within our growing Trust.
Through training with us, you will get the opportunity to take part in a programme delivered by expert practitioners from across the Trust whilst being based in a school local to you.

About our school experience


Experience at one of our academies will include:
• A school tour to see the school in action.
• Lesson observations in the subject you are interested in.
• Meeting subject specialists and different members of the team.
• Meeting with our Trust professional development lead who can answer any questions you have about training to teach.
You are welcome to visit more than one school in our Trust – please do ask when you submit your request.
If you have any questions, please do email us at:

Start and finish times
10.00am to 12.00pm - Flexible

Contact us if you would like to request another time slot.

Dress code

Business dress

Teacher training

Our flexible programme has been designed to support you at every step. This course includes:

Two weeks of intensive training in September at our central office in the historic Guildhall, London. This is followed by a further two weeks of intensive training at Guildhall later in the year.

A hybrid training approach. Once you start your placement, you will spend four days a week at your main placement school. You will also spend one day a week dedicated to training and development.
This training will be offered via home study days and half-termly face-to-face subject networks.

The opportunity to work closely with a highly skilled and knowledgeable mentor, alongside other colleagues, who will also receive support and training.

A six-week second placement at one of our other CoLAT schools.

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about alternate flexible routes, please email us at

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
    • Must have a degree
    • Photo identification: Passport, driving licence
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

This school has not yet provided their availability for offering school experience. You can still request experience with this school and they will contact you when they have availability.

School experience type
In school


Homerton Row, Hackney, London, E9 6EA
Map showing The City Academy, Hackney

Yes - on site parking provided

We have very limited parking for those with accessibility requirements. We are very well connected to public transport.

Homerton Row, Hackney, London, E9 6EA
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Geography
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Religious education