Make an admissions appeal

You can appeal for a place at your preferred school if it has not been offered to you and you have received the refusal in writing.

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 will be available in spring 2022.

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:
1 September 2021
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