If you are not allocated a place at a preferred school, you have the right to an independent appeal. You can appeal for more than one school.

If you are not offered a place at your first choice school, we will send you appeal guidance with your allocation letter.

For schools using the local authority's services, appeals must be lodged by the dates shown on the local authority appeal timetable. This is published before offers are made. Other schools will have their own arrangements.

Further appeals

Further appeals are usually not possible after a decision has been made by the Independent Appeal Panel.

The decision is final and legally binding upon both the parent and the admissions authority.

However, further appeals may be permitted if there has been significant and material change in circumstances relevant to the application.

Examples of this could be:

  • A serious medical condition has arisen since the time the original application was made
  • The family has moved into the catchment area of a school

If the admissions authority determines that there has been a significant change in circumstances, but still rules that a place is not available, you will have the right to a fresh appeal. If they decide that there has not been a significant change in circumstances, you will not be allowed to make a new appeal.

Appeals for children with an Education, Health and Care Plan

Independent Appeal Panels are not able to consider appeals for children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan which specify provision in a mainstream school. Such appeals should be referred to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), and can only be made within two months of the issuing of the final Plan.