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 who you need to contact using the following documents: Primary schools who arrange own appeals (PDF 143KB) and Secondary schools who arrange own appeals (PDF 95KB).
Contact the school directly if they are listed in the List B column. If the school is in the List A column, this means their appeals are arranged by the Admissions Team and you will need to download the appropriate appeals form.
Which appeal form should I use?
If the offer you're not happy with is for a place in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 please use the Class Size Admission Appeal form (PDF 149KB).
If the offer you're not happy with is for a place in 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.
Primary, infant and junior school appeal deadlines
All appeals submitted by 16 May 2016 against a decision for a Reception place in 2016 will be heard within 40 school days. If you do not reply by this deadline, your appeal will still be heard but we cannot guarantee to hear your appeal in time for your child to start in your preferred primary, infant or junior school in September 2016.
Secondary school appeal deadlines
All appeals submitted by 30 March 2016 against a decision for a Year 7 place in 2016 will be heard within 40 school days. If you do not reply by this deadline, your appeal will still be heard but we cannot guarantee to hear your appeal in time for your child to start in your preferred secondary school in September 2016.
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.
Please download and read the Appeals Guide for Parents and Carers. 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.
School waiting lists
Please use the Related Pages section.