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 takes you through the appeals process.

Parents Guide to Admission Appeals

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

Advice line: 0300 330 5485

Appeals timetable for 2020 entry

Primary reception class appeals 2020

National Offer Day - 16 April 2020

Appeal forms for community primary schools dispatched from 6 May 2020

Appeals lodged for community schools by 24 May 2020 

Appeal hearings scheduled throughout June/July 2020.

Secondary transfer appeals 2020

National Offer Day  - 1 March 2020

Appeals for schools administered by the Council dispatched from 1 April 2020

Completed appeals lodged by 10 May 2020 

Appeal hearings scheduled throughout June and July 2020

Further information

Check timetables with the individual school you want to appeal for.

Contact the Admissions Team on 020 7745 6432 or 020 7745 6433 or for more information on the appeals procedure.