Apply for a secondary school place

Appealing a school's decision

If your child has not been offered a place at a school of your choice you can appeal to an independent panel.

When completing a secondary school appeal form you should:

  • view the timetable for relevant appeal dates as there is a specific deadline for lodging your appeal
  • give the grounds for your appeal and include any evidence or supporting material

We will not accept an appeal form unless you include the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school.

      What happens next?

      Once your appeal has been submitted, you will be given a date for your appeal hearing at least ten days in advance.

      You case will be heard by a panel of between three to five impartial members of the public but the panel will not give their decision at the hearing. You will be told the result of your appeal by post within seven days.

      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 you will still be able to put their name 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)
      This page was last modified on: 1 Mar 2019