Parents have the right to appeal to an independent panel against the decision of the school not to offer their child a place.  In the normal admissions round (ie. Reception and Year 7), most appeals are heard during the summer term, in time for the new academic year.  Appeals should be sent to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel, via the academy. Parents are strongly advised to read the Guidance Notes before preparing their appeal.

NOTE: While these arrangements give you the right to appeal against decisions of non-admission, the School Standards & Framework Act 1998 does not give you the right to a place at a particular school. Even if you are appealing for a place at your preferred school, you should make arrangements with another school in case your appeal is unsuccessful.

In Year Appeals

Parents who wish to appeal for an In Year place should submit their appeal form, together with all the supporting documents they wish the panel to consider.  Appeals should be sent to the Clerk to Appeals c/o the school. Any In Year appeals will be heard by the independent panel within 30 school days of their receipt. 

Download In-Year Appeals Guidance Notes

Download an In-Year Appeals Form

Advice about Admissions Appeals on the GOV.UK website

Complaints About Appeal Procedure

If an appellant is considering making a complaint about the school's handling of their appeal, they should refer in the first instance to the government's guidance about making an online complaint and the grounds for complaint which the government is allowed to consider.

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