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 2021 entry is available below.

Calendar of appeals 2021 (Community and Controlled Schools only) showing the dates and school.
Date(s) School
20-22 April 2021 Oriel High School
27-29 April 2021 Ifield Community College
4-6 May 2021 Downlands Community School
10 May 2021 Davison CofE High School for Girls
11-13 May 2021 Tanbridge House School
17-18 May 2021 Sackville School
19-21 May 2021 Imberhorne School
7-8 June 2021 The Weald School
9-10 June 2021 Jessie Younghusband Primary School
North Mundham Primary School
Lavant CofE Primary School
Boxgrove CofE Primary School
West Dean CofE Primary School
29 June 2021 Arunside School, Horsham
Balcombe CofE Primary School
Birchwood Grove Community Primary School
Castlewood Primary School
30 June 2021 Colgate Primary School
Estcots Primary School
Heron Way Primary School
1 July 2021 Leechpool Primary School
Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School
Rudgwick Primary School
Rusper Primary School
2 July 2021 Aldingbourne Primary School
Walburton and Binstead CofE Primary School
Fishbourne CofE Primary School
5-6 July 2021 Crawley Down Village CofE Primary School
7-8 July 2021 Kingslea Primary School
9 July 2021 St Mary’s CofE Primary School, Washington
Thakeham Primary School
Upper Beeding Primary School
12 July 2021 Sheddingdean Community Primary School
Shelley Primary School
The Gattons Infant School
13 July 2021 North Lancing Primary School
Sompting Village Primary School
15 July 2021 Lyminster Primary School
Rose Green Infant School
Elm Grove CofE Primary School
19 July 2021 West Green Primary School
Turners Hill CofE 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.

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:
16 April 2021
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