School admission appeals

If your application for a school place is refused you have the right of appeal against this decision to an independent appeal panel. This is known as a school admission appeal.

You can only appeal if you have a letter that states your child has been refused a place.

To appeal you need to complete a form. The letter telling you that your application has been refused will include details of how to obtain an appeal form. 

You can appeal for a place for your child at more than one school provided you have applied and been refused a place for each school. You will need to complete an appeal form for each school. 

Appeals for Reception Year, Year 1 and Year 2

Infant class sizes for Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are limited to no more than 30 pupils. An appeal for an infant class where an extra child would take the class to over 30 pupils will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, as the appeal panel’s powers are limited by legislation.

Please read the Parents Guide to School Admissions Appeals for Reception, Years 1 and 2 for further information about the appeal process for infant class appeals.

Appeals for Years 3 to 13

Please read the Parents Guide to School Admissions Appeals for Years 3 to 13 for further information about the appeal process for these year groups.

Appeal Forms

Download and complete the appeal form for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Download and complete this form for all other primary school appeals.

For secondary school appeals go to the school’s website or contact the school for a form.

When will my School Admission Appeal be heard?

Appeals can be arranged at any time during the school year. They are heard during term-time only. 

If you want to appeal about a school place for September, the school you are appealing for will have information on their website about their appeal timetable. Appeals for September are normally heard May to July.

Secondary schools:

  • National Offer Day: 1 March 2019
  • acceptance deadline: 15 March 2019
  • deadline to lodge on-time appeals: 2 April 2019

Primary schools:

  • National Offer Day: Wednesday 16 April 2019
  • acceptance deadline: 30 April 2019
  • deadline to lodge on-time appeals: 17 May 2019

Late appeals and in-year appeals will be heard in line with the deadlines set out in the School Admission Appeals Code.

Page last updated: 03 July 2019
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