Apply for a primary school place

Making an appeal

If your child has not been offered a place at any school you listed on your application you can appeal. You must complete a separate appeal form for each school. When completing an appeal form you must explain your reasons for your appeal and include any evidence or supporting information. After you submit your appeal you will be sent a confirmation email with further information about the hearing.

When can I appeal?

You can appeal at any time. However, for appeals relating to admission in September 2020 you must submit your appeal by Friday 22 May 2020 to ensure your appeal is heard before the summer holidays. If you appeal after 22 May your appeal hearing may not take place until after school starts in September.

You can appeal only once for each academic year. If your appeal is unsuccessful you can only appeal again if there has been a significant change in your circumstances.

Appeal hearings

Appeal hearings will be held in June 2020. You will be invited to attend the hearing to explain why your child should be offered a place. An invitation letter giving you details about your hearing will be sent to you at least 10 school days before the hearing. Appeal hearings are organised and conducted by an independent company and are heard by a panel of trained volunteers who are independent of Hackney Learning Trust and Hackney schools and academies.

Any additional or supporting evidence must be available at least five school days before the hearing. Additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account.

Appeal decisions

You will be told the outcome of your appeal by letter sent within five school days after the last hearing for all the appeals held for that particular school. 

The decision of the panel will be legally binding and if your appeal is successful your child will be given a place at the school. If your appeal is unsuccessful, your child will not be given a place but they will be allowed to remain on the school’s waiting list.

For advice about appealing a school admission decision:

  • visit the GOV.UK website
  • contact the Admissions Team on 020 8820 7000 (option 3)


Admissions and Pupil Benefits Team

020 8820 7000 (option 3)

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This page was last modified on: 16 Apr 2020