School appeals and waiting lists:
If you have not been offered a place at the school you have requested you can appeal against the refusal.
Some schools arrange their own appeals and these are listed in the documents section. If the school is listed there, you will need to contact them directly to arrange an appeal. However, most appeals are arranged by Leeds City Council's Admissions team. If the school is not listed, please download the Admission appeal form from the documents section on this page and return it to the Admissions team at the address which is on the form.
If you are appealing for a place in Reception, Year One or Year Two please use the Class Size Admission appeal form in the documents section.
If you are appealing for a place in Year 3 and above please use the Admission Appeal form in the documents section.
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.
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.
Starting Secondary School Appeals
All appeals submitted by 27 March 2015 against a decision for a year 7 place will be heard within 40 school days. If you do not reply by this deadline, your appeal will be heard but we cannot guarantee to hear your appeal before the end of the term and appeals are not generally held in the school holidays. Your child will also be added to the waiting list for this school if you appeal before 13 March.
Starting Primary, Infant and Junior School Appeals
All appeals submitted by 18 May 2015 against a decision for a Reception place will be heard within 40 school days. If you do not reply by this deadline, your appeal will be heard but we cannot guarantee to hear your appeal before the end of the term and appeals are not generally held in the school holidays. Your child will also be added to the waiting list for this school if you appeal before 30 April.
School Transfer Appeals
Appeals against a decision for a transfer of school place outside of starting primary or secondary 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 before the date. 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.
If you are considering an appeal, please download and read the Appeals Book, this will provide you with everything you need to know for your appeal including information on the Appeal Panel, class size legislation and how decisions are made.
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.
Starting Secondary and Primary School Waiting Lists
You can put your child on a waiting list without going through the formal appeal process. The deadlines are:
- 13 March 2015 for secondary places
- 30 April 2015 for primary places
A waiting list and appeal form will be attached to your offer letter. If you would like your child to be on a waiting list, you should return this form as soon as possible.
Voluntary Aided and Foundation schools and academies manage their own waiting lists and appeals. These schools are listed in the Documents section. The Admissions team cannot advise of waiting lists positions for these schools, so you should contact the school directly.
For Community and Voluntary controlled schools Leeds City Council Admissions Team arrange appeals and manage waiting lists. We will match any names from the waiting list with any vacancies we are told about. Waiting lists will be held until the end of the academic year. Until then your child can be offered a place from the waiting list at any time automatically, so if you leave them on the waiting list, please make sure you are prepared to move their school immediately.
School Transfers Waiting Lists
You can put your child on a waiting list without going through the formal appeal process.
If you apply for a school transfer and the school cannot offer you a place, you will automatically be placed on a waiting list for that school. Waiting lists will be held until the end of the academic year. If a place becomes available and you qualify under the admissions policy, the school will contact you.
Voluntary Aided and Foundation schools and academies manage their own waiting lists and appeals. The Admissions team cannot advise of waiting lists positions for these schools.