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.
If the school you have applied for is a community school, you will need to request an appeal through Leeds Admissions. Please download a form from the Documents section and return it to the address on the form.
If the school you have applied for is an academy, voluntary aided or foundation school, you may have to contact the school to arrange an appeal. A list of schools that arrange their own appeals can be downloaded from 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.
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.
Primary, Infant and Junior Appeals
You must submit your appeal by 18 May 2015. Appeals submitted by this date will be heard within 40 school days, this deadline is the same for all schools. If you do not reply by the deadline, we cannot guarantee to hear your appeal before the end of the term and appeals are not generally held in the school holidays.
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 Primary or Secondary School Waiting Lists
You can put your child on a waiting list without going through the formal appeal process. The deadline for waiting list applications is the 13 March 2015 for secondary places and 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.
For Community and Voluntary controlled schools Leeds City Council Admissions Team will 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.
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, so you should contact the school directly.
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.