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School Admission Appeals

Year 7 transition appeals and Reception transition appeals

September entry transition appeals will be heard from May through to July on weekdays, during term-time only.

If you lodged your appeal after the appeal submission deadlines below, it might not be possible to hear your appeal until after the start of the new school year in September.

  • 28 March 2023 – Secondary Transition Appeals Submission Deadline
  • 16 May 2023 – Primary Transition Appeals Submission Deadline

It is expected that all admission appeals coordinated by the Local Authority will be virtual appeal hearings only, using Microsoft Teams. This process will allow representation from both School and Appellant, to attend the hearing and present their arguments. We will continue to update this message and our process, as per government guidelines.

In-Year Appeals:

In-Year Appeals will continue to be heard on a virtual basis, using Microsoft Teams.

School admission appeals for Ukrainian children

We have extra information available online, including frequently asked questions for those who want to successfully prepare a school admission appeal for Ukrainian children.

Appealing a school place decision in Peterborough

We administer admissions appeals on behalf of Peterborough maintained schools, or academies. All appeals are held in accordance with the Department for Education's School Admissions Code and the School Admissions Appeal Code. The purpose of these codes is to ensure that the admission appeal panel is independent and that appeals are conducted in a fair, transparent and lawful way.

Please note: Accepting a place at an alternative school does not affect your child’s place on the reserve list for your preferred school(s), or your right of appeal. 

Your right to appeal

You are legally entitled to appeal against the Admission Authority’s decision to refuse to comply with your preference. Your letter from the Admission Authority refusing you a place at your preferred school will advise you of this right. There is no charge to parents for appeals.

  • You can appeal for places at all schools for which you have applied and been refused a place
  • You are entitled to submit one appeal per school, per academic year.
  • This appeal can be lodged at any time during the year, however appeals lodged by the appropriate deadline are heard within set timescales (see below).

Your appeal will be heard by an independent school admission appeals panel. The panel's decision is binding on all parties: the school, the admission authority and you.