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Appeal against a school place decision

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you have a right to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeals Panel. Information on how you can appeal will be sent in the decision letter.

Appeal hearings are held during the working day but they are not held during the school holidays.

You will receive written notification of the date, time and arrangements of your appeal at least 10 school days before the hearing. All appellants will normally be sent a copy of the school's case a reasonable time before the date of the hearing (wherever possible this will be at least seven working days).

If any appellant wishes to submit further evidence that was not included with their initial appeal, they must make sure that it is received within a reasonable time before the hearing (normally three working days).   

For September 2022 entry 

 Offer date  Deadline for lodging appealsAppeals heard by  
 Secondary 1 March 202229 April 2022 28 June 2022
 Primary 19 April 2022 20 May 2022 19 July 2022


Appeals lodged after the above dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

In-year transfer appeals

For in-year admission appeals, the hearing will be scheduled within 30 school days of the appeal being received.

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