If you feel disappointed about your child’s school place, you can appeal against the decision. You must appeal against each rejection separately and you can only appeal once against each rejection.

The admission authority for the school must allow you at least 20 school days to appeal from they send the decision letter. The admission authority will set a deadline for submitting information and evidence to support your appeal. If you submit anything after the deadline, it might not be considered and may result in delays to your hearing.

The next step after this is an Appeal Hearing. The admissions authority must give you at least 10 school days’ notice of the hearing. Appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for making an appeal.

At the hearing, there is a panel of three or more people. The panel must be independent and must follow the school admission appeals code. During this appeal, the admissions authority will explain why they turned you down and you will have the opportunity to give your own reasons why your child should be admitted. If your reasons for your child to be admitted outweigh the school’s reasons for not admitting your child, your appeal will be upheld.

The decision is usually sent to you within 5 school days.

To begin an appeal, visit: https://www.gov.uk/schools-admissions/appealing-a-schools-decision

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