If you have not been offered a place at the school you wanted you are entitled to appeal. Appeals are heard by panels which are independent of the council, schools and governing bodies. The panel follows the School Admission Appeals Code drawn up by the Department for Education with advice from the Local Government Ombudsman.
How do I appeal?
Most appeals are arranged by our Admissions team but some schools arrange their own appeals. You can find out which school arrange their own appeals by using the following documents: Primary schools who arrange own appeals (PDF 143KB) and Secondary schools who arrange own appeals (PDF 96KB).
If the school you would like your child to attend appears in List B please contact the school directly. If the school is in List A, this means their appeals are arranged by the Admissions Team and you will need to complete the appropriate appeals form. Please read the section below to find out which form you need to complete.
Which appeal form should I use?
If the offer of a place you are dissatisfied with is Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 please use the Class Size Admission Appeal form (PDF 149KB).
If the offer of a place you're dissatisfied with is Year 3 and above please use the Admission Appeal form (PDF 146KB).
If you wish to appeal against a decision for a school in a different local authority, you should contact the relevant local authority for further details.
Academy, Trust, Voluntary Aided, and Free Schools Appeals
Appeals to these schools should be made to the school directly. They will have their own deadlines for appeals.
School transfer appeals
Appeals against a decision for a transfer of school place, outside of starting primary or secondary school, can be submitted any time during the academic year. Appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal request being received.
General appeal information
You will receive a written invitation to the appeal and this will be 10 days before your appeal is heard. While waiting for an appeal, we advise that you accept the place you have been offered by contacting the school directly. This will ensure your child does not miss out on education and it will not affect your appeal. You will automatically be placed on the waiting list for any school you appeal for and can remain on the list if the appeal fails.
Whatever your reason for appealing, you should provide in advance as much information in support of your appeal as you can. This might include particular personal circumstances including, for example, medical advice. The late introduction of evidence on the day of the appeal may cause a delay as all parties need to read the new evidence.
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is a national charity that provides free, independent advice on the admissions and appeals process. You can visit their website at www.ace-ed.org.uk.
School waiting lists
If you are not happy with the place you have been offered you can put your child on a waiting list for a different school without going through the formal appeal process.