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School admissions - appeals
Sometimes it is not possible to allocate a place at your preferred school. This could be because the school is oversubscribed (that is there are more pupils applying to go there than there are places available) or, in the case of selective grammar schools, because your child did not achieve the cut-off mark needed.
If you are refused a place at your preferred school you have the right to appeal against the decision under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (Section 94) as amended by the Education Act 2002 and the Education Inspections Act 2006. This is your opportunity to present your reasons for preferring a particular school to an independent appeals panel who will decide whether your reasons are strong enough to overturn the decision of the Local Authority (LA) or Governing Body (in the case of Voluntary Aided, Foundation/Trust schools and Academies).
If you wish to appeal against a decision relating to admission to a Community or Voluntary Controlled school appeal forms and details of the procedure can be found below. If you require further details, please contact the Admissions Team on 01609 533679. If you wish to appeal for a place at a Voluntary Aided School, you should approach the Clerk to the Governing Body at that school direct to request the relevant documentation. If you wish to appeal for a place at an Academy or Trust School you should contact the Admissions Team.
School admissions - appeals - frequently asked questions