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.
We only manage appeals for certain schools. If your appeal relates to any of the schools in this list you must contact the school directly for their appeals process.
When you receive your offer letter, it will include details of the appeals process for:
- voluntary controlled and community schools - which are managed by the local authority. You can read our appeals process and submit your appeal online below.
- academy, trust, foundation and voluntary aided schools - which are managed by the individual schools. You will need to contact the school for their appeals process, form and closing dates or check their website. Do not submit an appeal to us if you are appealing for any of these schools.
- non-Liverpool schools - which are managed by other local authorities or the schools themselves. You will need to visit the relevant local authority website or individual school websites for their appeals process.
How to appeal
This appeals process is for voluntary controlled and community schools, including in-year transfer appeals.
Before you start your appeal, read the admissions appeals guide which includes details on:
- how to prepare your case
- documents you may wish to include to support your appeal
- what to expect from the panel
- how decisions are made
If uploading documents to support your appeal, the file size should not exceed 10MB in total. You can upload images/scanned documents from your computer, tablet or mobile device.
Closing dates and hearings
- You must submit the notice of appeal form by 29th March 2021.
- Appeal hearings to be held in May, June and July 2021.
- You must submit the notice of appeal form by 14th May 2021.
- Appeal hearings to be held in June and July 2021.
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.
Due to Covid-19 there may be unavoidable delays in scheduling your school appeal hearing. This means that the normal timescales and process above may not be followed. You will be sent further details once your appeal has been scheduled.
If you are not successful
If you do not win your appeal you will be told what your options are.
Parents can only have one appeal to an individual school in any school year - you may wish to appeal for a number of schools at the same time.