Appeal a school admission decision

5. How to make an appeal

UPDATE - 1st July 2021
Appeals  for September entry submitted after the primary and secondary deadline dates ( 13 May and 28 March respectively) will not be considered until the autumn term (October or later).  This is because the on-time primary and secondary appeals from the first allocation rounds have been scheduled to be determined by the  Independent Appeal Panels during May to July.  Appeals cannot take place during the summer holidays because schools must be able to take part. Admission appeals are determined by independent, unpaid, trained volunteers and we are dependent on their availability.
Appeals will begin in October because,  before they can start, we are required to:  convene panels and arrange the appeal hearings; send required notice of appeals to parents and admission authorities/schools; receive in appeal papers from parents and admission authorities/schools; print, copy x 8, collate and send out paperwork to all appeal participants, and allow time for all involved to read the appeal cases and prepare for the appeal. 

Due to Covid-19, face-to-face appeal hearings are not taking place currently and appeal decisions are being made on the basis of written documents only provided by parents and admission authorities/ schools.  We shall write to parents to confirm when and how their appeal will be heard. In the meantime, parents  should read the  Parent’s Guide  which provides important information about  the appeal process.

Please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible to process your appeal.

You can make an appeal if you have applied for a Buckinghamshire School place and been refused.

 

What you need to know

  • You can appeal for any school which you have applied for and been refused
  • You can make an appeal as soon as your application for a school place is refused  
  • For each school you appeal for, you must complete a separate appeal form and there will be a separate appeal
  • You cannot make two appeals for the same school in the same academic year

 

Before you begin

  • Read the Parents' Guide it has important information about your appeal
  • Prepare any evidence you wish to upload in support of your application
  • Prepare your reasons for your appeal 

 

Primary school appeal

This form is for all primary school appeals.

For Primary appeals for Reception and moving up ro junior school in September 2021 entry.

If you are refused a school place on 16 April 2021, your appeal form must be received by the Appeals Team by 12 noon on Thursday 13 May 2021.

Appeals received by this deadline will be heard in June - July 2021. Appeals received after this deadline will not be heard until September 2021 or later.

Other primary appeal forms should be submitted within 28 calendar days  of the date you received written notification that your child was refused the school place.

The appeal form takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Request a primary school appeal

 

Secondary school appeal

This form is for secondary school appeals.

For Secondary appeals for Year 7, September 2021 entry

If you are refused a school place on 1 March 2021, your appeal form must be received by the Appeals Team by 5pm on Sunday 28 March 2021.

Appeals received by this deadline will be heard in May - July 2021. Appeals received after this deadline will not be heard until September 2021 or later.

Other secondary appeal forms should be submitted within 28 calendar days  of the date, you received written notification that your child was refused the school place.

The appeal form takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Request a secondary school appeal

If you want a paper form, please contact the Admissions team  

What happens next?

The Appeals Team will send you an acknowledgment of appeal letter within 14 days and give you a reference number which you should refer to if you need to contact the Appeals Team.

Tell the Appeals Team about any changes to your contact details.  Remember to check your emails, including your junk folder.

Who to contact

If you need help with making your appeal, contact the Appeals Team at appeals@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Questions about  Allocations of school places; Waiting Lists Transfer Tests for grammar schools; Selection Reviews; or Home-to-School Transport then please contact the Admissions Team (not the Appeals Team)

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Last updated: 2 July 2021

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