Make an admissions appeal

Appeal against a decision to refuse your child a place at your preferred school.

1 Overview

Current position relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak the Government has given guidance and advice to all on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. West Sussex County Council has decided to proceed with hearings by way of a conference call, or in writing.

Due to social distancing, the appeal papers will be sent to you by email using the email address provided on your appeal submission except in extraordinary circumstances, as officers are currently working from home and unable to attend County Hall.

If we cannot offer your child a place at any of your preferred schools, we will offer a place at your catchment school, if available. 

Or, if the catchment school is full, you will be offered a place at the nearest school to your home address with a place available.

You have the right to appeal against a decision not to offer your child a place at your preferred school and to place them on a waiting list. The process is explained on the next page.

2 Before you appeal

Read the following information to find out what you can do if you have not been offered a place at the school you want:

Please note that appealing for a school place does not give priority on a waiting list.

If you were refused a school place outside of West Sussex then you need to contact the admissions authority for the school refused for information on their appeal process.

3 How to appeal

A provisional calendar of appeal dates for community and controlled schools for 2022 entry is available below.

Calendar of appeals 2022 (Community and Controlled Schools only) showing the dates and school.
Date(s) School
25-26 April 2022 Downlands Community School
27-28 April 2022 Tanbridge House School
3-4 May 2022 Sackville School
5-6 May 2022 Oriel High School
9-12 May 2022 Ifield Community College
11-12 May 2022 Imberhorne School
7-8 June 2022 The Weald School
20-21 June Billingshurst Primary School
22 June Handcross Primary School
Woodgate Primary School
27 June East Preston Infant School
28 June Shelley Primary School
29 June Birchwood Grove Community Primary School
Sheddingdean Community Primary School
The Gattons Infant School
London Meed Primary School
Hollycombe Primary School
Camelsdale Primary School
4 July Hassocks Primary School
5-6 July West Wittering Parochial CofE School
Sidlesham Primary School
Fishbourne CofE Primary School
6 July Arunside School
11 July Wisborough Green Primary School
11-12 July St Mary’s CofE Primary School, Washington
Thakeham Primary School
12 July Kingslea Primary School
Heron Way Primary School
Holbrook Primary School
13-14 July Elm Grove CofE Primary School
Thomas A Becket Infant School
27-28 July Jessie Younghusband Primary School

Please note that the above dates are provisional and whilst we will endeavour not to make changes, this may not be possible.

Dates for appeals for church aided and foundation schools and academies, including free schools, are set by the School’s Admission Authority.

Please complete a separate appeals form for each school:

Online school appeals form

You can find out more about appeals for infant class sizes on GOV.UK.

All appeals are heard by an independent panel and its decision is binding. If you decide to appeal, you will be sent a letter with the appeal hearing date. You will be invited to attend the appeal and you may take someone with you for support. The hearing will be conducted as informally as possible and you will have the opportunity to put forward your case and ask questions.

If your appeal is refused, the relevant local admissions authority will not consider a further application or appeal for a place at the same school, in the same academic year, unless there is a significant material change in your circumstances or those of the school.

Last updated:
19 April 2022
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