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Admission appeals

29 April 2019

If you’re thinking of appealing a Reception place for September 2019, watch our video

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you can appeal against the decision.

You need to make an appeal within 20 days of receiving the decision letter or email.

Infant class size appeals

This applies to reception, year 1 and year 2 classes where classes are limited to 30 children. If you’re appealing an infant size class limit, your chance of a successful appeal is limited.

An appeal can only succeed if the panel finds one of the following:

  • admitting an extra child would not breach the class size limit
  • your child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had complied with admissions law or were correctly and impartially applied
  • the admission authority’s decision to refuse a place was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case

Appeal a decision

For most schools in Essex, you need to complete the online form.

You need to contact the schools not listed on the appeal form or are outside Essex.

 

 

Other ways to appeal

Download the appeal form if you’re unable to make an appeal online.

 

The appeal hearing

You will be invited to present your case to a panel of 3 or more people.

The appeal hearing lets:

  • you explain to the panel why you think your child should be given a place at the school
  • the admission authority explain why they refused your application
  • After the appeal hearing

    You will receive a letter with the panel's decision within 5 school days. The decision is final and binding on all parties.

    If your appeal is successful, your child will be offered a place.

    Contact the Statutory Appeals team

    Get in touch with the Statutory Appeals team if you need to:

    • cancel your appeal
    • amend any contact details already given
    • submit any supplementary paperwork by post

    Statutory Appeals Team
    PO Box 11
    Chelmsford
    Essex, CM1 1LX

    Email: statutoryappeals@essex.gov.uk (for enquiries only)

    Appeals timetable

    For children starting infant, junior or primary school from September 2019 

    16 April 2019National Offer Day - parents informed of outcome of application
    21 May 2019

    Deadline by when appeals should have been lodged

    Half term - 27 May to 31 May 2019

    3 June to 23 July 2019

    Appeals heard for those lodged by the deadline and where possible, for late appeals

    Last day of term - 24 July 2019

    September 2019 onwardsAppeals heard for any appeals not heard before 24 July

     

    For children starting secondary school in September 2019

    1 March 2019National Offer Day - parents informed of outcome of application
    29 March 2019Deadline by when appeals should have been lodged
    Up to 18 June 2019Appeals heard for those lodged by the deadline
    Up to 24 July 2019Appeals heard where possible, for late appeals - last day of term
    September 2019 onwardsAppeals heard for any appeals not heard before 24 July