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School admission appeals

If you couldn't get a place for your child in the school you wanted you can appeal against the decision.


Your appeal will be heard by an appeal panel, independent of the school and us.

You should read our guidance before appealing.

Schools that handle their own appeals

The following schools handle their own appeals. You should contact the school directly for information on how to appeal.

Secondary schools

Primary schools

For all other schools the following applies.

Secondary appeals

If your appeal is for a child transferring to secondary school in September and you received your decision on 1 March 2022, you can appeal if your application was unsuccessful.

If you received your decision relating to a child transferring to secondary school in September after 1 March 2022 or your appeal relates to an in-year admission you should submit your appeal within 20 school days of being told that your application was unsuccessful.

See guidance for making your secondary school admissions appeal.

Appeal secondary school admissions

Primary and junior appeals

If your appeal is for a child starting school for the first time during the 2022 to 2023 academic year or transferring from year 2 at an infant school to junior provision in September 2022, you can appeal if your application is unsuccessful.

If you are informed of a decision for reception 2022 to 2023 or junior school for September 2022 after 19 April 2022 or it relates to an in-year admission, you should submit your appeal within 20 school days of being told that your application was unsuccessful.

See guidance for making your primary, infant and junior school admissions appeal.

Appeal primary, infant and junior school admissions