Find out how to appeal a decision if your application for a school place has been refused.
The relevant admission authority allocates places at schools. Depending on the type of school you are appealing for, the admission authority is either:
If a school receives more applications than there are places available
The admission authority decides what criteria will be used to allocate school places. This is known as “Admissions Policy”. The admission authority use this criteria when deciding whether to offer a child a place.
If your application is turned down in writing, you have the right of appeal. This goes to an Independent Panel. The Department for Education has two codes the panel must follow:
The law allows you the right to appeal against admission decisions. It does not give your child the right to a place at your preferred school. Remember this when considering whether to appeal.
There is no guarantee that your appeal will be successful.