Appeal a school place decision

How to appeal if you’re not happy with the school place your child has been offered

Appeal online

You can appeal online if your child wasn't offered a place at a school you listed as your first, second or third preference in the application form.

Appeal deadlines

School Deadline to appeal Appeal hearings start Start school in
Infant or primary (reception) or junior (year 3) 15 May 2023  July 2023 September 2023
Secondary (year 7) 29 March 2023 April to May 2023 September 2023

Please appeal as soon as you can if you want your child to start, change or move school during the school year,

The appeal will take place within 30 school days. Appeals don't take place during school holidays.

What happens next

After you submit the appeal the council will let you know the date and time of the appeal hearing.

Other ways to appeal

Send an email to to ask for a paper version of the form.

More information

For more information send an email to or phone 01273 291 228.

Read our Schools appeal factsheet (PDF 88KB) and visit the GOV.UK website.