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. 

Schools that use the Royal Borough's appeal process

Use our appeal process as soon as possible if the school is a: 

  • primary academy or community school
  • secondary community or voluntary controlled school

Find out about the appeal process

Schools that have their own appeal process

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 secondary academy 

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 8029 or email

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)