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Appeal types and appeal forms

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

Appeals for Reception Year, Year 1 and Year 2

Infant class sizes for Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are limited to no more than 30 pupils.

An appeal for an infant class where an extra child would take the class over 30 pupils will only be allowed in limited exceptional circumstances, as the appeal panel’s powers are limited by legislation.

Frequently Asked Questions give examples of questions raised by parents at appeal and the relevant answers and information for you to consider before lodging your appeal.

Appeals for Years 3 to 13

Appeals for all other year groups are heard as what is known as two-stage appeals. Details of the appeal hearing and appeal panel’s decision making are further down this page.

Additional guidance is given to qppeal panels hearing either Grammar School appeals or appeals for places in Sixth Forms.

Further details on these is available either from the schools themselves or from the BCP Education Appeals Service.

Appeal forms

Links to the relevant appeal forms for Primary Schools. Please download and fully complete the relevant form.

It is important that you complete all sections of the appeal form and make sure that the details you supply are correct. 

It is for you to decide what information and documents you wish to include in your case.

If your appeal is based on medical grounds, you should, where possible provide written evidence from a medial practitioner to support this.

If your case is based on a house move, you should provide official confirmation of your new address.

The appeal panel will not contact people on your behalf, for example; if you want the appeal panel to see a medical report or consider the views of a Social Worker or a previous teacher you will need to get that information yourself and submit it as part of your appeal.

Please do not submit original documents that you wish to keep as all the information and documents you submit as part of your appeal will be retained. Information that you submit will need to be photocopied so that it can be submitted to the appeal panel.

It's your responsibility to ensure that any documentation that you are submitting is clear and can be easily copied. Appeal papers are copied in black and white. If you wish to submit information in colour, you will need to supply seven copies.

If you're unable to submit such additional documents with your appeal form, you should send them in as soon as possible but and no later than 5 school days before the appeal hearing. Any late evidence may either not be accepted by the appeal panel or may cause the hearing to be adjourned.
If you're unable to return the form as a Word document or PDF by email to, please submit your form by post to the address on the bottom of the form. Failure to do so may delay the hearing of your appeal.

Download and complete the appeal form for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Download and complete the appeal form for all other primary school appeals.

For secondary schools – please go to the school’s website or contact the school directly for a form.