Appeal a school place decision

How to appeal

There is a two-step process to appealing:

  1. Request a school appeal form using the link below.
  2. Fill in the school appeal form sent to you and submit it back to us.

Requesting a school appeal form is different from submitting a school appeal form. You must fill in the form we send you after you have asked for it so we can begin processing your appeal.

Most schools in Lincolnshire accept our appeal form. You must clearly state your reasons for your appeal on the form and 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 on if you need to.

You need to send any supporting evidence you wish to be considered in advance of the appeal hearing. We may blank out other people's faces or personal details on documents you send to us.

For schools that have their own appeal forms, you will need to send any supporting evidence directly to them.

Schools which have their own appeal forms and do not accept our appeal form are:

To appeal to a school in another local authority, go to the school's website for information on how to do this.

Request a school appeal form

Timetable for offer dates and appeals


Secondary schools

Primary schools

National offer day

1 March 2024

16 April 2024

Deadline for an appeal to be received

28 March 2024

14 May 2024

Appeals will be heard after the appeal deadlines.

Schools that organise their own appeals may use different dates. Visit the school's website for more information.

Infant class size appeals

Where an infant class (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) has 30 children already, panels are limited on what they can consider at an appeal.

Grammar school appeals

If you wish to appeal your child's 11+ score, you must show that they should have met the required standard. As evidence of this, you could send the following:

  • 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 affected testing, you might wish to 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

The parent, carer or young person can appeal for sixth form appeals. Contact the school directly for more information.

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