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School Admission Appeals

If your application for a school place is refused you have the right of appeal against this decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This is known as a School Admission Appeal.

To appeal you need to complete a form. The letter informing you that your application has been refused will include details of who you need to contact to obtain an appeal form. 

Appeals for Reception Year, Year 1 and Year 2

Infant class sizes for Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are limited to no more than 30 pupils. An appeal for an infant class where an extra child would take the class to over thirty pupils will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, as the Appeal Panel’s powers are limited by legislation.

Please read the Parents Guide to School Admissions Appeals for Reception, Years 1 and 2 for further information about the appeal process for infant class appeals.

Appeals for Years 3 to 13

Please read the Parents Guide to School Admissions Appeals for Years 3-13 for further information about the appeal process for these year groups.

When will Admission Appeal dates be set?

The School Admissions Appeals Code requires all school admission authorities to publish their proposed admission appeal arrangements for the normal year of entry in September each year, on their websites by 28 February. 

Offers of school places for September 2016 are made on 1 March 2016 (Secondary) and 18 April 2015 (Reception and transfer to Junior and Middle school) and so it is difficult to publish exact dates. Until such time as offers are accepted or refused it cannot be known how many, if any, appeals will be heard for individual schools

The local authority, as the admission authority for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools, has therefore set the following general dates for admission appeals for admission to the point of entry year in September 2016:

  • Reception: between May and July 2016

  • Junior and Middle school transfer: between May and July 2016.

For Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Academy schools (including all secondary schools) please contact the school directly.

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