Appeal a school admission decision

2. Appeal success rate

Last year, 9% of appeals were successful.

Most appeals fail because the school is already full and does not have the resources to admit additional children without harming the education of the existing pupils.

So please think carefully before making your appeal - they are time-consuming and stressful for parents and expensive for schools.

You are unlikely to be successful where you:

  • are appealing for a place in Reception, Years 1 or 2 (due to the law that applies)
  • do not live in the school’s catchment area
  • have been allocated a place at another school (even if it is not one of your preferred schools) at a reasonable distance from home
  • do not have evidenced strong medical, social or educational reasons for your appeal
  • want the school place to make it easier for you to get to work/ transport children to school
  • do not submit strong academic evidence for an unqualified grammar school appeal
  • are appealing for a grammar school and live outside the county
  • are appealing for one grammar school and have been allocated a place at another grammar
  • are appealing for a grammar school and have been allocated a place at another all-ability (non-grammar) school at a reasonable distance from your home, even if it isn’t one of your preferred schools.
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Last updated: 12 April 2021

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