Schools admission appeals

Schools admission appeals

You can appeal to an independent panel if your child is not offered a place at your preferred school.

How to appeal

The first step is to appeal in writing. Request an appeal form from the Council or direct from the school if they organise their own appeals. Contact the admissions team in the first instance for advice.

Our comprehensive step-by-step guide below takes you through the appeals process.

Please be aware that due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place due, appeal hearings may be held virtually. The Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel  will provide further information once your appeal  has been lodged.

Visit Child Law Advice Service for independent advice about appeals and other education issues.

Advice line: 0300 330 5485

Appeals timetable for 2021 entry

Primary reception class appeals 2021

  • National Offer Day - 16 April 2021
  • Appeal forms for community primary schools dispatched from 3 May 2021
  • Appeals lodged for community schools by 24 May 2021 
  • Appeal hearings scheduled throughout June/July 2021.

Secondary transfer appeals 2021

  • National Offer Day  - 1 March 2021
  • Appeals for schools administered by the Council dispatched from 6 April 2021
  • Completed appeals lodged by  9 May 2021 
  • Appeal hearings scheduled throughout June and July 2021

Further information

  • Check timetables with the individual school you want to appeal for.
  • Contact the Admissions Team on 020 7745 6432 or for more information on the appeals procedure.

Last updated: 26 February 2021