School admission appeals

If your child has been refused a place at your preferred school, you have the right to appeal against that decision. Further information and advice is given in the Admission Appeals Booklet below.

Timescale for submitting an appeal for a Primary or Secondary School or Academy for admission in the School Year 2019/20:

  • The National Offer Day for secondary school places is 1 March 2019
  • The Offer Day for primary school places is 16 April 2019

You must submit an appeal in writing within 21 school days of the date on your refusal letter

You will be given at least 10 days notice of the date of the appeal hearing.

Appeals for secondary schools and academies will be held in April and May and for primary schools and academies during May, June and July, wherever possible.

You should receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your appeal within five school days.

There may be many appeals to consider involving several schools and academies. If you submit your appeal late you may be disadvantaged because the appeals process has already begun or been completed. Your appeal will still be considered as soon as possible but it may be after other appeals for your preferred school(s)/academy(ies).

View the school admission appeals guide

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