Guidance for parents and guardians on school admission appeals

Last updated: 18 February 2022

Your right to appeal

You can express a preference for a school for your child. But you do not have the right to a place at a particular school.

If you have applied for a school place for your child and the admission authority has refused your application, you have the right to appeal. An independent appeal panel will hear your appeal.

You are responsible for:

  • making your appeal
  • explaining why you want the particular school place to the panel
  • providing written information in support of your appeal

There are important deadlines for making your appeal and submitting your evidence.

You can also view the results of school admission appeals heard in 2021.