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17 April 2016

You can find out how to appeal and submit an online appeal for most schools in Essex using the link below. 

 

 

Some schools in Essex manage their own appeals and to appeal for a place at those schools you must contact the school directly. A list of these schools is available via the link below.

 

 
Please note: If you have been refused a place at an infant or primary school on the basis of the statutory Infant Class Size limit (your offer/refusal letter should indicate if this is so), then your chances of being successful with an appeal are limited. An Appeal Panel is restricted, by law, in its powers to uphold (allow) such appeals and can only do so in certain prescribed circumstances. You are advised to carefully consider this information before submitting an appeal where the refusal is based on Infant Class Size legislation.
 
There are limited circumstances in which an Infant Class Size (ICS) appeal can be successful. For the Reception intake of 2015/16 into Essex community and voluntary controlled schools, more than 200 ICS appeals were submitted but only 8 were successful. Please consider the guidance about ICS appeals carefully before submitting an appeal.

 

If you cannot use the online system, a paper copy of the appeal forms can be downloaded using the link below. Please either submit an online appeal or a paper form and do not do both.

 

 

Appeals timetable for children starting secondary school in September 2016

1 March 2016 National Offer Day – parents informed of outcome of application
15 April 2016 Deadline by when appeals should have been lodged
May and June 2016 Appeals heard for those lodged by the deadline
Up to  22 July Appeals heard where possible for late appeals
September 2016 onwards Appeals heard for any appeals not heard before 22 July
 

Appeals timetable for children starting infant/junior/primary school from September 2016 onwards

18 April 2016 National Offer Day – parents informed of outcome of application
20 May 2016 Deadline by when appeals should have been lodged
6 June 2016 to 22 July 2016 Appeals heard for those lodged by deadline and where possible for late appeals
September 2016 onwards Appeals heard for any appeals not heard before 22 July
 
The above appeals timetable information applies in relation to community and voluntary controlled schools. Foundation, voluntary aided schools and academies may have different timescales for appeals – please check with the individual school.
 
Appeals in relation to mid year (in-year) transfer applications are required to be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.