Appeal a school place decision

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

COVID-19 update

We are closely monitoring government guidance and considering the possible impact of the coronavirus on admission appeals. The Independent Appeal Panel is made up of unpaid and trained volunteers so we are anticipating unavoidable delays to progressing and hearing this year due to the virus outbreak.  We are expecting to receive new guidance from the Department for Education which will add clarity to the situation. We will provide a further update as soon as we are able.

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) 20 May 2022  July 2022  September 2022
Secondary (year 7) 29 March 2022 April to May 2022 September 2022

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

Email to ask for a paper version of the form.

More information

For more information email or phone 01273 291 228.

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