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School Admissions Team
Services for Children and Young People
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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School Admissions staff available by phone from 11am to 3pm
01752 668000
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Appealing for a school place

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to offer your child a place in your preferred school. If your child is refused a place in your preferred school(s) you have the right to appeal against the decision to an independent appeal panel.

A decision by an appeal panel whether or not to offer a school place is binding on the admissions authority. If your appeal is unsuccessful, you may not appeal for the same school within one academic year unless there has been a material change in your circumstances.

Acceptance of a place at a school does not affect your right to appeal for a place at another school. However, if you decide to appeal for any of your preferences, it is wise to secure a place for your child at an alternative school in case your appeal is unsuccessful. We are always willing to discuss alternative schools with vacancies at any stage in the process.

Community and voluntary controlled school appeals

Contact us to receive an appeal pack.

Academy, trust, foundation, free and voluntary aided school appeals

If you are appealing against a decision in an academy, trust, foundation, free or voluntary aided school you will need to contact the school for information on their appeals procedure. They may have an agreement with the Council for us to act on their behalf. If this is the case, they will refer you back to us.

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan and you have not received your preferred choice please follow it up with the Special Education Needs Team on 01752 307413 to discuss your options.

Appeal hearing timetable

In respect of appeals handled by Plymouth City Council either in its role as an admission authority or as a delegated function from other admission authorities, the following timetable applies:

Secondary and Key Stage 4 school admissions - normal point of entry

  • 2015/16 timetable not yet determined

Primary, Junior and St Matthew's CE Primary Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 school admissions - normal point of entry

  • 2015/16 timetable not yet determined

Sixth form admissions

  • Allocation date: varies at each institution - please refer to the individual institution direct
  • Appeal forms issued: on request
  • Appeal forms to be returned: twenty school days from the date of the notification that the application for admission was unsuccessful
  • Appeal submissions to be heard: within 30 school days of the exam results where the offer of a place was conditional upon exam results or within forty school days of the deadline for lodging appeals

In-year school transfers

  • Appeals forms issued: on request
  • Appeal forms to be returned: within 20 school days of notification of the allocation
  • On time appeal submissions to be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged

Sixth form appeals

Separate arrangements apply to appeals for places at sixth form. Please ask for further detail if you need more information.

Further guidance on appeals