Coronavirus: School appeals process

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, temporary changes have been made to the school admissions appeal process. Find out more on our temporary changes to school admissions webpages.

Admission appeals

1. Overview

If you are not happy with the school your child is offered you may wish to appeal against the outcome to an Independent Appeals Panel.

The Independent Appeals Panel is made up of a pool of volunteers, independent of the local council and the admissions service as required under the School Standard and Framework Act 1998.

Any decision made by a panel is made completely independent from the admissions service and is binding on parents, the school and the local authority.

Should you wish to appeal, you are advised to consider:

  • the school’s policy for admitting pupils/students
  • your reasons for wanting your child to attend the school

As a first step in the procedure, you can talk to an officer in the admissions team to find out why the school of your choice has not been allocated to your child. You can contact the team by emailing .

Information about the full appeals process and outcomes can be found in the school admissions - how to appeal document (PDF 440Kb).