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. 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 is 2 March 2020
  • The Offer Day for primary school places is 16 April 2020

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

You will receive 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. 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 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