School admission appeals


If your child has been refused a place at your preferred school(s) you have the right to appeal against that decision. The regulations allow for video/telephone conferencing or consideration on written submissions to be used for appeals. Further information and advice is in the Admission Appeals Guidance booklet below.

Timescales for submitting an appeal for a Primary or Secondary School/Academy for admission in the School Year 2021/22:
The National Offer Day for secondary school places is 1 March, 2021
The National Offer Day for primary school places is 16 April, 2021
You must submit an appeal in writing within 30 calendar days of the date on your refusal letter.
You will receive at least 14 calendar days notice of the date of the appeal hearing from the Appeal Clerk.
Appeals for secondary schools and academies will be held in April and May, wherever possible.
Appeals for primary schools and academies will be held during May, June and July, wherever possible.
After the appeal hearing you should receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your appeal within 7 calendar days.
There may be many appeals to consider involving several schools and academies. If you submit your appeal late you may be at a disadvantage because the appeals process has already begun or been completed. Your appeal will still be considered as soon as possible. This may be after other appeals for your preferred school(s)/academy(ies).

View the school admission appeals guide