Appeal a school place decision

How to appeal

We will tell you how to submit an appeal in your outcome letter.

You must clearly state your reasons for your appeal and, if possible, provide any supporting evidence. 

You must put your child's name on anything you send us, so we know who it is for. You can submit more information later. If we do not receive it by the deadline, we may not consider it.

Timetable for offer dates and appeals

  Secondary schools Primary schools
National offer day 1 March 2021  16 April 2021
Deadline for an appeal to be received Noon 29 March 2021  Noon 17 May 2021 

We may blank out other people's faces or personal details on documents you send us.

We will hear appeals made after these deadlines but they may not be with others for that school.

Some schools organise their own appeals and may use different dates. Visit the school's website for more information.

Request a school appeal form

Grammar school appeals

If you wish to appeal your child's 11+ score, you need to show they should have met the required standard. You could send:

  • a school report
  • written work (artwork may not photocopy well)
  • a teacher or headteacher's supporting letter

If the school is full and your child did not qualify, you must show why your child should have qualified. If something happened that affected testing, you may send details and evidence.

If the school is full and the panel believe your child should have passed, it does not mean they will grant a place. The panel will consider the school's case and then decide. You will need to show that your case outweighs the school's case.

Sixth form appeals

For sixth form appeals, the parent, carer or young person can appeal. 

You must show that they or you can cope with the workload and were expected to reach the required standard.