Last updated:
23 February 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 availability allows.

Or, if your catchment school is full, you will be offered a place at 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 the three preferences.

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:

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. Find out the provisional appeal dates for community and controlled schools:

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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