Appeals procedure for reception class offers
If your request for a reception place at a particular school has been refused you can appeal. Download the appeals procedure and list of schools with reception places still available for September 2018. You will receive a copy of this information with your offer letter.
School admission appeals
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to offer your child a place in your preferred school. If your child is refused a place you have the right to appeal against the decision to an independent appeal panel.
How to appeal
Voluntary controlled and community schools
The appeals guide for parents explains the appeals process for voluntary controlled and community schools. You should then complete and submit the notice of appeal form (at the back of the guide) by the following dates:
- You must submit the notice of appeal form by 30th March 2018.
- Appeal hearings to be held in May, June and July 2018.
- You must submit the notice of appeal form by 14th May 2018.
- Appeal hearings to be held in June and July 2018.
We aim to hold all appeal hearings within 40 school days after the deadline. In some exceptional circumstances we may need to hold hearings after this date. We will give appellants 10 days notice of an appeal hearing date and time.
Academy, trust, foundation and voluntary aided schools
You will need to contact the school directly for information on how to appeal as they have separate admission appeal arrangements. The school will inform you of the process and provide you with the relevant appeal form to complete, along with the deadline date. Some schools also post their appeals process on their websites.