School admission appeals

How to appeal an admissions decision

You have the right to appeal against a decision not to offer your child a place at any school you have applied for.

Timetable for admission appeal 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 2015) Monday 18 April 2016 Monday 16 May 2016 June and July 2016

Any appeals submitted after the deadline will be heard within 30 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.

What you can do to appeal

The appeals process depends on the type of school:

Community and voluntary controlled schools

If your child is refused a place at a community or voluntary controlled school, you can appeal using the downloads on this page. There are also guidance notes that you should read.

Own admission authority schools

If your child has been refused a place at an academy (including The Greenwich Free School and Royal Greenwich UTC), foundation or voluntary aided school, you will need to complete an appeal form provided by that school. Contact the school directly for a form.

The governors of the school are responsible for arranging any admission appeals.

Further information on admissions appeals

More advice on school admissions appeals is available from the Coram Children's Legal Centre.

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)