How to appeal a school place decision
In Cambridgeshire, we administer admissions appeals on behalf of all maintained schools, including academies. All appeals are held in accordance with the Department for Education's School Admissions Code and the School Admissions Appeal Code. The purpose of these codes is to ensure that the admission appeal panel is independent and that appeals are conducted in a fair, transparent and lawful way.
You are legally entitled to appeal against the admission authority’s decision to refuse a place at your preferred school(s). Accepting a place at an alternative school does not affect your child’s place on the reserve list for your preferred school(s), or your right of appeal. Your appeal will be heard by an independent school admission appeals panel. The panel's decision is binding on all parties: the school, the admission authority and you.
July 2019 - Appeals process is now closed
An appeal must be heard within 30 schools days (statutory timescales). We are unable to offer a date within these timescales due to the summer school break. The appeal panel will only consider appeals for the current academic year - offers made in the previous year cannot be considered as your child will now be in a different academic year and year group.
You will need to complete a second school application using the in-year application process, requesting a place for the next academic year for their child. For example, a current Year 1 child who has been refused a place at their preferred school(s) now, you will need to complete a school application requesting a Year 2 place at that school for admission in the 2019 - 20 academic year. The Admissions Team will process that application and if you are unsuccessful in gaining a place at your preferred school(s), you will then receive your statutory right of appeal.
Infant class size appeals
Infant class size legislation does not allow a place to be offered where there would be more than 30 children in an infant class. This refers to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. In an infant class size appeal, a panel may only uphold the appeal where:
- it finds that the admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit
- it finds that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied
- it decides that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.
How to appeal for a school place
To begin the appeals process, you will need to complete the appropriate appeal form and return it by email to [email protected]. Alternatively, you can return the form by post:
School Admissions Appeals Officer
When you complete the appeal form, please give as much information as you can about why you wish to appeal, and provide as much evidence as possible to support your case.