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, we have decided, given the current advice around self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing, not to schedule any school admission appeals until further notice. This also means that all scheduled school appeal hearings will not take place until the Government indicates that it is safe to begin holding public meetings again.

We have requested further guidance from the Department for Education which, upon receipt, will be acted on. We will review our position at the end of May.

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 secondary schools for 2020 entry is available below.

Calendar of appeals 2020 Secondary (Community and Controlled Schools only) showing the dates and school. Read from left to right for each activity's details.
Date(s) School
20-21 April 2020 Oriel High School
22-23 April 2020 Ifield Community College
27-28 April 2020 Imberhorne School
5 May 2020 The Angmering School
5-6 May 2020 Downlands Community School
6-7 May 2020 Davison CofE High School for Girls
14-15 May 2020 The Weald School
18-20 May 2020 Tanbridge House School
1-2 June 2020 Millais School
9 June 2020 Steyning Grammar School
15-16 June 2020 Sackville 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:
30 March 2020
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