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:
- 2015 calendar of appeals - Secondary schools (PDF, 48KB)
- 2015 Calendar of appeals - Primary schools (PDF, 47KB)
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.