Appeal a primary school decision

If a school has refused your child's school place application, you have the right to make an appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Your decision to appeal

A school will usually only refuse a child a place if the school has received more applications than they have places available.

You may decide to appeal because:

  • your child has a particular interest in the subjects offered by the school
  • your child has medical, social or educational reasons for wanting the place
  • you have recently moved house

When to appeal

Make your appeal before midday, 16 May 2022.

We will do our best to ensure appeals submitted by 16 May 2022 are heard by the end of the summer term but regret that some appeals may be delayed due to panel availability and the pandemic.

Appeals made after this date will be heard from September 2022.

For in-year appeals, make your appeal within 28 days of the refusal letter. The appeal will be heard as soon as possible.

Primary school appeal timetable 2022
Date Event

19 April 2022

Primary Allocation Day

16 May 2022, midday

Deadline for submitting completed appeal forms

31 May 2022, 5pm

Deadline for submitting any additional documents or information in support of your appeal

14 calendar days before your appeal

Notice of appeal letters sent to parents

7 calendar days before your appeal

Case papers sent to parents, the admission authority, school and appeal panel

June to July

Primary Admission Appeals heard

Within 7 calendar days of the appeal decision

Decision letter sent to parents, admission authority and school

How to appeal

Preparing your evidence

When you appeal, you'll need to provide evidence on why you want your child to get the place.

You can read more about evidence you can use.

Appeal online

Before you make an appeal, you should:

  • prepare your reasons for your appeal and any evidence you wish to upload
  • ensure you submit your appeal and evidence within the timelines
  • read our guidance on school admission appeals

After you make your appeal, we'll send you an acknowledgement letter with your unique appeal reference number. Refer to this number if you contact us. 

If the school you are appealing for is not listed on the appeal form, please contact the school directly to make your appeal.

Start now

If you would like a paper form, contact the school admissions team.

Appeal outcome

The panel will come to a decision as to whether your child is admitted based on the case put forward by both:

  • the applicant, usually the parent or carer
  • the admission authority, which will be the council or the school itself

A decision letter will be sent to you no later than 7 calendar days after the appeal decision is made.

Last year, 91% of appeals were unsuccessful.

This is because in almost all cases the school or admission authority showed that they could not admit additional pupils without harming the education of the existing pupils.

Please think carefully before appealing as appeals can be stressful for parents and are expensive for schools.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, there is no further right of appeal. Find out more about appeal decisions and complaints.

Get help with your appeal

For help and advice on your appeal, contact the education appeals team.