Appeal a decision

What happens next?

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

Our legal services team will set up an independent appeal panel. To contact them, email [email protected].

You will receive your appeal pack by post 14 calendar days before your appeal date. This can be waived to seven working days, if you wish, after you submit your appeal.

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. 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 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 of three people will make the decision.

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.