How do I make an appeal?
If you wish to appeal against an admission decision and appeal for a place at a community, voluntary aided, trust or foundation school or academy please complete the appeal form (at the bottom of this page) for the school and return it to the address stated on the appeal form.
For appeals during the 2017/2018 admissions round, you should return your completed form by 16th May 2017 for a Primary School (Reception) and Infant to Junior transfer and 28th March 2017 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 Timetable – 2017/18 Admissions Round
Offer Date: 1st March 2017
Deadline for lodging appeals: 28th March 2017 (appeals received after this deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for hearing appeals received where possible or within 30 school days from the date of receipt)
Deadline for hearing on-time appeals: 15th June 2017
Offer Date: 18th April 2017
Deadline for lodging appeals: 16th May 2017 (appeals received after this deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for hearing appeals received where possible or within 30 school days of the date of receipt)
Deadline for hearing on-time appeals: 18th July 2016
Appeals relating to late applications (reception or year 7)
If your application was made after 15th January 2017 (closing date for receipt of applications for primary school place) or 31st October 2016 (closing date for receipt of applications for transfer to secondary school) appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
How much notice of the appeal hearing date will I have?
Letters notifying parents of appeal dates and times are sent out in line with statutory guidance. These letters will be sent 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 wish to submit any further information other than that which you included with your appeal form, we ask that this is sent to us 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.
Decision letters are sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.