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.
Making a school admission appeal
If you have not been offered a place at the school you want you can appeal.
For community schools, the responsibility for appeals rests with us. You can appeal online, download an appeal form or contact the Customer Service Centre for an appeal form. You can return completed forms by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by post to Democratic Services at County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QP or by submitting your appeal using the online form.
Academies, voluntary aided/foundation schools
For voluntary aided schools, foundation schools and academies, the responsibility for appeal arrangements rests with the school. 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 academy schools listed here academy schools listed here [PDF]. You can appeal for these schools using any of the methods described in the ‘making a school admission appeal’ section 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.
Appealing 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.
You are advised to read the guidance notes carefully before making a decision whether to proceed with an appeal.
If you need any advice regarding completing the form or would like a paper copy sent to you, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80.
Timetable for admission appeals
Appeals Timetable – 2015/16 Admissions Round
Secondary school places
- Offer Date: 2 March 2015
- Deadline for lodging appeals: 30 March 2015 (appeals received after this deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline where possible or within 30 school days from the date of receipt)
- Deadline for hearing on-time appeals: 17 June 2015
Primary school places
- Offer Date: 16 April 2015
- Deadline for lodging appeals: 18 May 2015 (appeals received after this deadline will be heard within 40 school days where possible or within 30 school days of the date of receipt)
- Deadline for hearing on-time appeals: 20 July 2015
For appeals during the 2015/16 admissions round, you should return your completed form by 18 May 2015 for a Primary School (Reception) and Infant to Junior transfer and by 30 March 2015 for a Secondary School (Year 7).
For other appeals, such as transfers and in - year admissions please return your form within 4 weeks of the date of your refusal letter. These appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
Appeals are received from many parents/guardians throughout the County. Appeals are processed as quickly as possible.
Appeals are heard by an independent panel. A decision by an appeal panel is binding on the admissions authority ie a place must be given if an appeal is successful.
Notice of the hearing
You will receive a letter notifying you of the hearing at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing (unless you have agreed to a shorter period than this).
If you lodge appeals for more than one school, you will get a separate date for each appeal, which could be some weeks apart.
If you don't attend
If you do not attend your appeal hearing at the notified time and it is not reasonably practical to offer another hearing date, your appeal will be dealt with using the information available. This will include the information submitted in your appeal form.
Submitting additional information
If you wish to submit any further information other than that which you included with your appeal form, we ask that this is sent to us at least 10 days prior to your hearing. This is to enable this additional information to be included in the final pack of papers for your hearing, giving the Panel and the authority the opportunity to consider the information in advance of the hearing. Please note that if significant information is received after this deadline we may have to adjourn your hearing to a later date.
Do please let us know if you have any disabilities and need assistance. We will try and meet these as far as is possible.
Interpreter or signer
If you require an interpreter or signer you can have one at your appeal hearing. If you would like us to arrange this for you please tell us which language you require on the appeal form. Alternatively, if you would prefer, you may arrange your own interpreter. If you are doing this please let us know as soon as possible before the hearing.
Decision letters are sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.
Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is an independent national education advice centre which provides information on the education system.
Department for Education (DfE)
The Department’s website is www.gov.uk/dfe