Appeal a school place

It isn't 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've got 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 can't 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 doesn't affect your right to appeal for a place at another school. However, if you decide to appeal any of your preferences, it's wise to secure a place for your child at an alternative school in case your appeal is unsuccessful. We're always willing to discuss alternative schools with vacancies at any stage in the process.

Community and voluntary controlled school appeals

Complete our online form or print the form below:

Appeal a school place

Download Appeal a school place form [PDF, 97KB]

Download School admission appeals guide [PDF, 128KB]

Download Reception admission appeals guide [PDF, 227KB]

Email schooladmissions@plymouth.gov.uk if you need the form sent to you.

Academy, trust, foundation, free and voluntary aided schools, UTC and studio school appeals

If you're appealing against a decision of an academy, trust, foundation, free or voluntary aided school, UTC or studio school you'll need to contact the school for information on their appeals procedure.

They may have an agreement with us to act on their behalf. If this is the case, they'll refer you back to us and you would then follow the same process as parents appealing for a community or voluntary controlled school.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs and you've not received your preferred choice email senadmin@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 307413 to discuss your options.

School appeal timetable 2017 to 2018

 

  • Allocation date: Thursday 1 March 2018
  • Appeal form to be submitted by: Wednesday 28 March 2018
  • On time appeal submissions to be heard by: Thursday 14 June 2018
  • Late applications heard within: 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged
  • Allocation date: Monday 16 April 2018
  • Appeal form to be submitted by: Monday 14 May 2018
  • On time appeal submissions to be heard by: Friday 13 July 2018
  • Late applications heard within: 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged

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

  • Allocation date: varies at each institution, refer to the individual institution direct
  • Appeal form to be submitted by: 20 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
  • Appeal form to be submitted by: 20 school days of notification of the allocation
  • On time appeal submissions to be heard within: 30 school days of the appeal being lodged