Appeal a school admission decision

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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