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School admission appeal


COVID-19 school admission appeals update

The government has issued legislation and guidance to permit school appeals to be heard via alternative remote methods. It has been decided that all appeal hearings will be heard by a telephone conference. These arrangements are in place at least until January 2021.

If you have applied to a school and it does not offer your child a place, you have the right to appeal this decision. You can only appeal once for a place in the same school in the same academic year.

How to appeal

You have to complete the notice of appeal form (PDF, 132KB)  and attend an appeal hearing.

Appealing your child’s admissions decision can take time, and it’s important to be realistic about your reasons for appealing and the chances of being successful. It will be helpful for you to understand how the school allocated their places, so you can understand why your child did not get a place. A school’s admission arrangements can be found on the school’s website or local authority’s website.

You should consider accepting any offer of a school place you receive to ensure that your child has a place should your appeal not be successful.

How schools allocate places

Parents and carers are able to make preference as to which schools they would like their child to attend. However when a school receives more applications than available places, children who closely meet the school’s admission criteria will be given priority.

The appeals process

You must give the reasons why your child should have a place at your preferred school in both your notice of appeal form and at the appeal hearing. The stronger your reasons the better the chance you have of your appeal being successful.

In year admission appeals

Appeals against ‘in year’ admission decisions will be heard by the Independent Appeals Panel when reasonably practicable.

Appeals for secondary places

Year 6 to 7 for 1 March 2021:

  • Where the preference was refused on the National Offer Day of 2 March 2021, any submitted appeal by the closing date of 31 March 2021 will be heard first, by the Independent Appeals Panel when reasonably practicable.
  • Where the preference was refused at the second allocation day of 31 March 2021, any submitted appeal, received within 28 calendar days, will be heard by the Independent Appeals Panel when reasonably practicable. After the first round of appeals mentioned above.
  • Any appeals not submitted within 28 calendar days of the above second allocation date, may not be heard until September of that year as we do not hold appeals during the month of August.

Appeals for primary places

Reception Year and pupils transferring from year 2 Infants school to year 3 Junior Schools for September 2021:

  • Where the preference was refused on the National Offer Day of 16 April 2021, any submitted appeal by the closing of 16 May 2021 will be heard first by the Independent Appeals Panel when reasonably practicable.
  • Where the preference was refused at the second allocation day of 16 May 2021, any submitted appeal, received within 28 calendar days, will be heard by the Independent Appeals Panel when reasonably practicable. After the first round of appeals mentioned above.
  • Any appeals not submitted within 28 calendar days of the above second allocation date, may not be heard until September of that year as we do not hold appeals during the month of August.

Contact details

School Admissions Team, Civic Offices, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, Dn35 8LN

Email: schooladmissions@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 326291 option 4

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, except bank holidays