Detailed guidance on school admission appeals


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You need to apply for a place at the school you would like your child to attend – it doesn’t happen automatically. And if you miss the deadline you are much less likely to get the school you want:

+++ 15 October – There are currently issues amending or adding addresses on the parent portal application system. This is being investigated and will be resolved shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience.+++

There may also be unavoidable delays to progressing and hearing school admissions appeals this year for in-year, secondary and primary school places.

We are monitoring government guidance and considering the possible impact of the coronavirus on school appeal related duties.

3. Key dates for a school appeal hearing

Deadlines for submitting your appeal

These deadlines are particularly important for appeals relating to the September intake.

  Appeal deadline Applies to
Secondary appeals Wednesday 1 April 2020 Children starting secondary school in September 2020.
Primary appeals Wednesday 20 May 2020 Children starting Reception Year or Year 3 from September 2020 onwards.
In-Year appeals Within 25 school days of being told your application was unsuccessful. All applications that are not part of the main primary, junior or secondary intake in September. This could be for any year group at any time of year.

When will my appeal be heard?

We aim to have all appeals, which are received within the deadline, heard by the following dates.

  Final date appeals will be heard by
Secondary appeals Thursday 18 June 2020
Primary appeals Wednesday 22 July 2020
In-Year appeals (appeals which do not relate to the September intake) Within 30 school days of receiving the appeal

When will I be given the details of my hearing?

We will give you at least 10 school days written notice of the details of your appeal hearing. We will also circulate your appeal submission and the admission authority’s written response (statement of case) 7 working days before the hearing (not including the day of despatch or the day of the hearing).

When will I know the outcome of my appeal?

We aim to send out written confirmation of the decision on an appeal within 5 working days of your hearing. At peak times it is not always possible to send decisions within this timescale. Please note that sometimes a Panel may need to hear a large number of appeals for one school across several days. In these cases the decisions cannot be released until after the last day of hearings for that school.

Please do not call the school appeals team for the outcome of your appeal. We cannot provide this information via telephone calls.

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