Appeal a school place decision

What happens next?

We will acknowledge your appeal has been lodged within five working days. If we do not, call 01522 782030.

You will receive your appeal pack by post 10 working days before your appeal date. This can be waived on your appeal form.

The pack will include:

  • the date, time and venue of your appeal
  • a letter to explain why your child did not get a place
  • the names of the panel members and clerk

We try to group all appeals for the same school together. They will be heard in office hours during school term time. 

Some schools organise their own appeals and follow a different process. We will tell you if this is the case when you appeal.

At the appeal

You do not need to attend your appeal, but we recommend that you do or send someone else.

You can bring someone with you (for example, a friend, relative or social worker).

You should bring all documents relating to your appeal on the day.

A person will be there to present the school's case. The clerk will take notes and advise about the law.

Factors that the panel can consider are limited for infant class size appeals if there are 30 children in the class.

You must tell us if you need an interpreter. This service is free of charge.

Appeal decisions

An independent panel will make the decision. They are not connected to the school or local authority in any way.

After the appeal has been heard, the clerk will tell you how and when you can receive the decision.

A letter will also be posted to you.