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Appeals Process

If you are unhappy with the school place your child has been offered, you have a right to appeal to the independent appeals panel. Information relating to appeals along with the timetable for appeals to be heard are on the Local Authority website.We are responsible for our own appeals so you should contact us direct to discuss the process.

You can only appeal for a school for which you have expressed a preference and have been refused. If you wish to appeal, it is a good idea to accept the place at the school you have been offered, as this will have no effect on the outcome of your appeal, and will prevent your child from missing out on a school altogether.

The appeal panel’s decision is binding on the council and on parents/carers. There is a legal limit on the size of infant classes, set at thirty children. Where classes are at maximum capacity an appeal panel can only agree the appeal if it can be shown that the authority has made a mistake in applying its oversubscription criteria or has acted unreasonably.

The Local Authority strive to place every child within a preferred school placement, however, this may not always be possible. It is recommended you read the parents and carers guide to school admission appeals before submitting your appeal paperwork.

  • For parents wishing to appeal regarding reception, Year 1 or Year 2 places at a school, you will need to download and complete the 'Infant Class Size Legislation Appeal Form' below
  • For parents wishing to lodge an appeal for all other year groups, please download and complete the 'General Appeal Form' below.
  • The Advisory Centre for Education - independent advice regarding appeals and admissions.

School admissions appeals - a parents and carers guide

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Schools who are their own admissions authority

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School admissions appeals - general form

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School admissions appeal form - infant class size

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Admission Appeals timetable for the 2018/2019 School Admission round for maintained school for whom the city council is the Admission Authority.

This information is provided in accordance with paragraph 2.1 and 2.2 of the School Admission Appeals Code February 2012.

Admissions timetable 2018-2019

  Secondary Primary
Offer day 1 March 16 April
Closing date for appeals (20 school days) 29 March 15 May
All paperwork returned by the closing dates
must be heard by (40 school days)
18 June 17 July

All Appeals paperwork for Primary and Secondary Schools received after the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of receipt.  Please note that this might mean it will be heard in September 2019.


  Secondary Primary
Late applications offer day 23 April 14 May
Appeals will be heard within 40 school days of being lodged 21 May 11 June

All other In-year appeals will be heard within 30 schools days of receipt.