School admission appeals


The Appeal Clerks are currently working on how these changes may be implemented, including how School Appeals and Exclusion Review (hearings) will be dealt with at this time.
We're considering all available options in order to ensure that all parties can access a fair and transparent appeal or review, and the regulations allow for video/telephone conferencing or consideration on written submissions to be used for appeals.
In light of the current situation and the new regulations and guidance, it won't be possible for the bulk appeals for the Rotherham Schools to go ahead as originally planned. We are very sorry about this and recognise that this will cause inconvenience to all concerned.
Please rest assured that we are doing all that we can to put a framework in place which will allow for the appeals to take place as soon as practicable.

If your child has been refused a place at your preferred school(s), you have the right to appeal against that decision. For further information and advice see the Admission Appeals Booklet below.
Timescale for submitting an appeal for a Primary or Secondary School/Academy for admission in the School Year 2020/21:
• The National Offer Day for secondary school places was 2 March 2020
• The Offer Day for primary school places was 16 April 2020
You must submit an appeal in writing within 30 calendar days of the date on your refusal letter.
You will receive at least 10 days notice of the date of the appeal hearing from the Appeal Clerk.
After the appeal hearing you should receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your appeal within seven 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