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School Admissions Appeals

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you have a right to appeal against that decision to an independent appeal panel.

You will normally receive written notice of your appeal at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing. The majority of appeals for year 7 and Reception year intakes are heard in April, May and June. In-year transfer appeals are heard throughout the academic year. It is important, however, that you consider alternative schools (including the one that has been offered for your child) in case your appeal is unsuccessful.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you cannot appeal for that school again in the same academic year, unless there is a significant change in your circumstances.

Privacy Notice 

The Council has a legal responsibility to protect the data it collects. A copy of the School Admissions Privacy Notice can be downloaded. 

If your appeal is for an infant year group (Reception Year, Year 1 and Year 2) you need to be aware that legislation limits infant class sizes to 30 pupils and restricts the grounds upon which an appeal can be upheld (this normally applies to appeals for schools that have an admission number of 30 or 60).

If you receive a refusal letter it will tell you how to appeal.

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