Making Your Appeal

To make an appeal (Community and Voluntary Controlled schools only) we have provided an electronic School appeals form to allow you to submit on line or alternatively contact the authority on 0300 123 5012. You must also state the 'grounds' on which your appeal is based. This means your appeal statement should set out your reasons for seeking a place at your preferred school. With infant class appeals the grounds are limited to:

  • The child would have been offered a place if the admission procedures had been properly implemented.
  • The child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had not been contrary to mandatory provisions in the School Admissions Code and the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
  • The decision not to offer a place at the school was not one a reasonable local authority would make in the circumstances of the case.

You should consider when preparing your appeal whether to include copies of any supporting documentation. These are some examples of documentation that might support or corroborate statements in your appeal:

  • letters or statements from doctors, other health professionals or social workers stating why your child must attend this particular school;
  • in circumstances where a change of address is relevant to your appeal, letters or statements from a solicitor (or others) confirming a change of address.

All supporting documentation must be provided at least 5 working days before the appeal. If you submit additional information during the appeal, the presenting officer from the Local Authority may seek an adjournment from the panel. In certain instances this might require the hearing continuing on another day.

You should return your completed appeal form, together with any documentation to  School Admissions Team.

The School Admission Team will acknowledge receipt of your form and will send your documentation to Democratic Services who will make the necessary arrangements. A copy of your appeal documentation will also be provided to the presenting officer, who, together with the school, will prepare a written response to your appeal, which will be sent to you no later than seven days before the hearing.

For appeals against decisions on applications to voluntary aided, foundation, academy and free schools, you must contact the school to request details of how to appeal.