School Appeal Timescales

Appeals for Secondary Transfer into Year 7 and Reception Intake received by the closing date are normally held during May to July each year.

Timescale for Secondary Transfer and Reception Intake - for September 2018 will be as follows:-

Timescale for Secondary Transfer and Reception Intake in September 2015
2018Deadline for appeal applicationsAppeal Hearings to commenceOn time Appeals heard by
Secondary 30 March 2018  9 May 2018 16 June 2018
Primary 16 May 2018  6 June 2018 21 July 2018

Appeals lodged after these dates (late applications for appeal) will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

In Year Appeals

Appeal application must be lodged with the relevant Admission Authority within 20 school days from the date of notification that the application for admission was unsuccessful. Appeals are normally heard within 30 school days from the date the completed appeal form is received by the Admission Authority.

Notification of the appeal hearing will be sent to appellants 10 schools days in advance of the hearing. If an appellant wishes to provide additional evidence which was not included in their original application or appeal form this must be received 5 working days before the hearing date. Otherwise the Panel is entitled to decide not to accept information or evidence submitted after that deadline.

Responsibility for Admissions in Cheshire East Schools

The Local Authority (LA) is responsible for

  • Admissions to Community Schools
  • Admissions in Church of England Controlled Schools.

In Catholic and Church of England Aided Schools, Foundation, Free and Studio Schools, the school governing body is responsible for admissions.

Please refer to our information booklet(s) to ascertain who is the Admission Authority for the school(s) you wish to lodge an appeal(s) for.

In Academies it is the school's Trust who is responsible for admissions and you should contact those schools direct for further information regarding appeals. This applies to appeals in community or controlled schools only.

After the Appeal Hearing

You will normally be notified of the Panel's decision in writing no later than 5 working days of the hearings being completed. Decisions of Appeals Panels are final and binding on both the Admission Authority and the school.