Appeal an unsuccessful school application

Your right to appeal

You have the right to appeal if your child has been refused a place at any school you have applied for. The appeal process depends on the type of school. 

For community or voluntary controlled schools complete the school admission appeal form as soon as possible. 

Complete the school admission appeal form

On the form, you'll need to tell us the reasons you are appealing for a place at the school. You can also submit supporting evidence. Please prepare your reasons and evidence before starting the form. 

It would help you to consider the school's admission arrangements when you give your reasons.  

For planned admission, the appeal deadline was 29 March 2016 for Year 7 (secondary transfer) and 16 May 2016 for reception class (primary school).

Help with preparing your appeal 

Coram Children's Legal Centre may be able to help you prepare your appeal.

If you have difficulty getting online to complete the appeal form, you can request a copy from the School Admissions team - email

Academies, foundation or voluntary aided schools

The governors of these 'own admission authority schools' are responsible for arranging any admission appeals. Contact the school directly if you're appealing for a place at any of the following schools in the borough:

  • any Church of England or Catholic primary or secondary schools
  • Hawksmoor Primary School
  • any academy
  • Corelli College
  • The Greenwich Free School
  • Royal Greenwich UTC
  • Woolwich Polytechnic. 

Special educational needs 

The right to appeal does not apply to children with a statement of special educational needs or education, health and care plan (EHCP). If this is your child, contact the Special Educational Needs Monitoring and Assessment Service - call 020 8921 2074 or email

The appeal process and timetable

On receipt of your appeal, we'll send you an acknowledgment to inform you that we have received it. This will contain information about the hearing process and what happens next. 

Find out more about the school admission appeal process on Gov.UK, including how you can complain about the process.

School admission appeal timetable hearings
Phase Offers made Deadline for lodging an appeal Appeal hearings
Secondary transfer (entry to Year 7 in September 2016) Tuesday 1 March 2016 Tuesday 29 March 2016 May and June 2016
Primary (entry to a reception class in September 2016) Monday 18 April 2016 Monday 16 May 2016 June and July 2016

Appeals submitted after the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal being lodged.

In-year admission appeals (for people applying for school places in the middle of a school year) will be heard within 30 school days of your appeal being lodged.

Sixth-form appeals will be heard within 30 school days of your appeal being lodged or, if the offer of a place would have depended upon exam results, 30 school days after those results are received.

Frequent questions

Select a question to reveal the answer.

Why hasn't my child been offered a place at my preferred school?

The school has received more applications than places available and other applicants had a higher priority than your child under the school's published admissions criteria. As most children are considered on the basis of home to school distance, this means that other applicants live nearer to the school.

Would I have a stronger case for appeal if I decline the school my child has been offered?

No. The outcome of your appeal will not be influenced by the acceptance of the place offered. However, you should accept the school offered in the event that your appeal is unsuccessful.

Have places been reserved for successful appeals?

No. The school is full to its published admission number. If your appeal is successful, the school would have to admit your child by going above the admission limit.

What can I give as my reasons for my appeal?

Although there is no limit to the reasons you can give as to why you wish to appeal, you do need to bear in mind the school's admission arrangements. Some parents base their appeal on one or more of the reasons stated below:

  • childcare arrangements
  • travel arrangements
  • it is the nearest school
  • work commitments
  • a school's Ofsted rating
  • the child attended the school's nursery provision
  • the child has moderate learning difficulties such as delayed speech and language or dyslexia
  • family members (other than siblings) attend the school
  • the curriculum offer and school specialisms.

However, as none of these reasons form part of Royal Greenwich's published admission arrangements, they may have little or no bearing on the decision-making process.

Contact the Coram Children's Legal Centre

Coram Community Campus,
48 Mecklenburgh Square,
London WC1N 2QA

0300 330 5485

Contact the School Admissions Service

020 8921 8043 (Contact Centre)