Last updated:
12 November 2015

School appeals

You may appeal for a place at your choice of school if it has not been offered to you.

1 Overview

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 your catchment school is full, you will be offered a place at a school nearest to your home with an available place. For this reason we advise you to include your child’s catchment school as one of your three preferences.

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 Information for parents booklet to find out what you can do if you have not been offered a place at the school you want.

The booklets include:

  • how and why the decision was made
  • how waiting lists work and how to join them
  • how to appeal for a place at your preferred school.

To join the waiting list for a community or controlled school that was not named on your original application you will need a form which is available from Pupil Admissions.

To add your child's name to church aided and foundation schools or an academy waiting list contact the school directly.

3 How to appeal

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.

Appeal hearings are heard by an independent panel and its decision is binding.

You will be sent a letter with the appeal hearing date.

A provisional calendar of appeal dates for community and controlled schools for the 2016 admissions round will be available on this page.

Appeals dates for church aided and foundation schools, academies and free schools are set by the school's governing body and are available from the school.

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