If you have not been offered a place at the school you wanted you can appeal.
Most appeals are arranged by our Admissions team. But some schools arrange their own appeals so you will need to check the lists in our Documents section and contact the school directly if the school is on the list. If the school is not listed, this means we arrange their appeals and you will need to download the appropriate Appeals form from the Documents section.
If you are appealing for a place in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 please use the Class Size Admission appeal form.
If you are appealing for a place in Year 3 and above please use the Admission Appeal form.
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 29 March 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.
Starting primary, infant and junior school appeals
All appeals submitted by 16 May 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.
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. 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 a Guide for Parents and Carers in the Documents section. 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.
For school waiting lists please see the Related Pages section.