Appeal a school admission decision

On 20 February the County Council agreed its school admission arrangements for 2018-19.

The new arrangements reinstate the previous priority given to pupils living out of catchment who have a sibling connection following the ruling of the School’s adjudicator on 31 January. There are also implications for parents who may have been affected by the sibling priority in 2016, and who have an application in for September 2017. You can read our full statement or view frequently asked questions [PDF] for more information.

If your child is not allocated a place at the school you prefer you have the right to appeal.

The letter you receive telling you that the admission has been refused will contain some information on how to appeal.

How to appeal

Community and voluntary controlled schools

For community and voluntary controlled schools the responsibility for appeals rests with us. You can appeal by one of the following options:

We advise you to read the following guidance notes carefully before making the decision to proceed with an appeal.

Academies, voluntary aided, foundation and free schools

For voluntary aided schools, foundation schools, free schools and academies, the responsibility for appeal arrangements rests with the school. They are their own admission authority. If you want to appeal an admission decision you will need to contact the school directly for details.

However, please note that we do administer appeals for the following own admission authority schools.

You can appeal for these schools using any of the methods described above.

Acceptance of a place at a school does not affect your right to appeal for a place at another school. However, if you decide to appeal for any of your preferences, it is wise to secure a place for your child at an alternative school in case your appeal is unsuccessful.

Appeal for more than one school

You may appeal for more than one school, although this will mean you will have to attend one or more appeal hearings on different days.  Please submit a separate appeal form for each school you are appealing for.


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