School admissions appeals

Timescales for school admissions appeals

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Covid-19

The Department for Education (DfE) have published new legislation which takes account of the impact of Coronavirus on carrying out admission appeals in the usual way. The legislation applies to all appeals lodged after 24 April 2020 and remains in force until 30 September 2021. 

Find the new regulations and accompanying guidance.

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Notification of hearing date and decision

Appellants’ will be sent written notification of the appeal date at least 14 calendar days before the appeal hearing date unless the appellant has agreed that the notice period can be reduced.

Appeal papers will be sent to appellants, the Panel and admission authority at least 7 working days before the appeal date.

Any further evidence/ information that the appellant wishes to submit should be received by the Clerk 3 days before the hearing. Documents submitted after this date may not be considered by the Panel.

The decision of the Panel will be sent within 7 calendar days but where there are multiple appeals for one school this may be extended.

In-Year appeals (appeals outside the co-ordinated admission round)

Appeals lodged outside the normal admission round will be heard within 30 school days, following the receipt of the appeal form.

Appellants will be sent written notification of the appeal date at least 14 calendar days before the appeal hearing date unless the appellant has agreed that the notice period can be reduced.

Appeal papers will be sent to appellants, the Panel and admission authority at least 7 working days in advance of the hearing date. Decision letters will be sent within 7 calendar days of the hearing.