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About appeals

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hearing appeals based on written submissions only. You can read more on this decision here.

If your application for a school is refused, you have the right of appeal against this decision to an independent appeal panel.

This is known as a school admission appeal. This is governed by legislation produced by the Department for Education (DfE).

You can only appeal against a refusal of a place, so please don’t contact the school or local authority about an appeal until you've received a formal refusal letter or email.

Your appeal must be made in writing and must explain the reasons why you are lodging an appeal.

If you submit a form without giving your grounds, it will be returned to you as you will not have lodged your appeal correctly. It is very important clearly state your reasons for lodging your appeal.

Appeal forms are available to ensure we have all the relevant information in order to arrange your appeal.

Before filling in the form, we suggest that you read all the information on these pages and within our forms to help you fully understand your legal rights and the appeals process.

You can appeal for a place for your child at more than one school, provided you have been refused a place at each school.

You'll need to complete an appeal form for each school.

Why my child didn't get a place at the school I wanted

Parents have a right to express a preference for the school they would like their child to attend. The admission authority must offer a place at the school unless there is a legal reason for refusing a place.

We appreciate it is disappointing if you are not offered a place at the school you prefer, however it is important to recognise that although you have the right to express a preference for the school you would like your child to attend, you do not have a right of choice.

The most common reason for not offering a place is that the school(s) received more applications than places available and other children had a higher priority for a place at the school than your child when the school’s admission policy was applied. For 'in year' applications, it is usually that the school is at its published admission number.

In both instances, the school will not want to admit more pupils as this will adversely affect resources and the education of other children at the school. For main entry admissions (i.e. entry in September to Reception Year, Year 3, Year 7 etc.) - details about the numbers of preference stated for each school are shown on our apply for a school place page.