Detailed guidance on school admission appeals


Schools in East Sussex have reopened. See Back to School – We are ready!

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.

2. Submitting an appeal

We recommend you submit your appeal online:

Please note if you are appealing for a voluntary aided (faith school) you will need to submit your appeal directly to the relevant school.

This is your appeal and you can put forward whatever reasons you feel are relevant to your case. Having said this, it may help the Panel to understand your case if, wherever possible, you use headings or number the points you are making. Depending on the type of appeal you are making, please also remember to read the rules on infant class size law appeals, or secondary and primary appeals. Those links provide more detail about how Panels make decisions on appeals.

Completing an appeal by post

If you prefer to submit an appeal in a paper format, please write to us and request a form at:

East Sussex School Appeals Service
East Sussex County Council
West E, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes BN7 1UE

  • When submitting a paper form, please ensure you use separate forms for each school you want to appeal for. Please also use separate forms if you are submitting an appeal for more than one child.
  • If you need to continue on separate sheet(s) or wish to submit other additional papers, please make sure these are numbered. Please use A4 paper for additional sheets wherever possible as this makes photocopying easier. Please also complete the form using either black or blue ink.
  • If you are including colour items, like maps or photographs or papers with highlighted sections and you want the Panel to see them in this format, please provide us with 8 colour copies of these items as we can only provide black and white copies for the Panel.

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