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After your school offer

Appeals

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.

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

Infant size class 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 can appeal online

If your school is not listed or is outside Essex, you will need to contact the school.

Other ways to appeal

Use the admission appeal form (MS Word document, 43KB if you’re unable to submit an appeal online.

The appeal hearing

You will be invited to present your case to a panel of 3 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 9 school days of the hearing. The decision is final and binding on all parties.

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

Appeals timetable

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

Date What happens
16 April 2019 National Offer Day - parents informed of outcome of application
21 May 2019 Deadline for appeals (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 onwards Appeals heard for any appeals not heard before 24 July

For children starting secondary school in September 2019.

Date What happens
1 March 2019 National Offer Day - parents informed of outcome of application
29 March 2019 Deadline for appeals
Up to 18 June 2019 Appeals heard for those lodged by the deadline
Up to 24 July 2019 Appeals heard where possible, for late appeals (last day of term)
September 2019 onwards Appeals heard for any appeals not heard before 24 July
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