Submit a school admissions appeal

If your child has been refused a place at one of your preferred primary or secondary schools, you may appeal the decision of the admissions authority. Your reasons for appealing will then be considered by an independent panel.

You must read the guidance on this page before you complete your form.

Children starting school in September 2020

Please note the deadlines for making an appeal and scheduled appeal dates.

Before you start

You can only lodge an appeal once you have received a letter refusing a place at your preferred school(s). To apply for a school place or to enquire about the waiting list please contact School Admissions.

For appeals to sixth form, college, nursery, Grey Court School and St Richard Reynold's Catholic School/College, you should contact these establishments directly. If you are unsure who you should appeal to, contact us for advice.

Special Educational Needs

You should not complete this form if your child has a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education Healthcare Plan (EHCP) as the Authority’s SEN Panel will consider your case separately.

Submitting your form

If you are appealing for more than one child, or more than one school, a separate form must be completed for each.

The easiest way is to submit your appeal using our online form at the bottom of this page. Paper forms are available on request.

You will need

  • Child's details, including proof of residence if you have moved since your original application. This could be a photocopy of a Council Tax bill, or the front cover of your child benefit book.
  • Your reasons for appealing - see guidance below.
  • Evidence to support your appeal (e.g. a doctor’s letter).

The appeal hearing is arranged independently of the Admissions Team, therefore any evidence submitted that you wish to be used in the determination of your waiting list place must also be sent to School Admissions.

Guidance for appeal reasons

Ensure you have read the appeals guidance(pdf, 122KB) before you begin the form.

Please explain, as fully as possible, as the Appeals Panel will read this in advance of the hearing.

If you would like particular medical or social reasons for attending the named school to be taken into account, you are encouraged to provide professionally supported evidence with this form (e.g. a doctor’s letter). These can submitted with your appeal form.

If the reason for your appeal includes difficulties being experienced at your child’s current school, then you should state here what those difficulties are, when they began and the steps you have taken to resolve those difficulties with the school. Please note, it may be necessary to verify this information with staff at the school. Should you prefer this not to happen, please state why.

You should familiarise yourself with the school’s admissions criteria, which are contained in their admissions brochure.

Appeals for Reception to year 2 may be affected by infant class size legislation. In these instances, a panel can only allow an appeal in very specific circumstances

What happens next

Once your application has been received, it will be processed and you will be contacted about the next steps, including details of how your appeal will be conducted.

Important dates and deadlines

The following appeal dates apply to children starting school in September 2020.

Secondary appeals

  • Deadline for lodging secondary appeals: Monday 20 April 2020
  • Secondary appeals are scheduled to be heard in May/June 2020

Primary appeals

  • Deadline for lodging primary appeals: Friday 22 May 2020
  • Primary appeals are scheduled to be heard during July 2020

Any appeals lodged after these dates will still be heard, however they may be delayed.


For more information about admissions appeals, contact us:

Phone: 020 8891 7183

It may take us longer to respond during peak periods.

We are unable to assist with queries relating to your child’s application, including their position on any waiting lists. Contact School Admissions for more information about these matters.

Updated: 29 August 2019