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When can I appeal my child's school place?

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Education Appeals

New Government legislation and updated guidance that came into force on 24 , April 2020, (as amended 6/1/21) has resulted in changes to the way that school admission appeal hearings will be carried out during the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.  In Stoke-on-Trent, we will continue to hold telephone conference appeals hearings for the time being and we are currently working with Appeals Panel members to facilitate this in accordance with DfE guidelines.  

Please note that whilst we continue to work to meet the deadlines issued by the DfE in relation to processing admission appeals it may not always be possible to proceed with school admission appeals in accordance with the published timetable, the new legislation acknowledges and makes provision for this.  Regrettably this means that there may be unavoidable delays to progressing and hearing appeals this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

If you have applied for your child to change schools part-way through the year, an appeal will be heard within 30 school days of you requesting one.

For school places starting September 2021, the appeal dates are:

  offer date deadline for appeals appeals will be heard by
Secondary March 1, 2021 March 31, 2021 June 18, 2021
Primary April 16, 2021 May 17, 2021 July 19, 2021

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is later.

You will be told about your appeal hearing approximately ten school days before the hearing, and sent a copy of the school’s case approximately seven school days in advance of the hearing.

If you want to submit further evidence, it must be received at least three clear working days before the hearing date. Evidence received after this date might not be considered at the hearing. 

You can view the latest government guidance in relation to school admission appeals here.