Coronavirus (COVID-19) update - July 2020

Following the postponement of admission appeal hearings due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the government have brought in temporary regulatory changes to the School Admission Appeals Code 2012. The temporary regulations will remain in place until 31 January 2021 and allow us to continue with admission appeal hearings whilst maintaining social distancing rules.

Year 7 transition appeals and Reception transition appeals

Currently admission appeals coordinated by the Local Authority are being heard on the basis of written representation only. This process will allow for all transition appeals to be heard by September. 

From September, all admission appeals coordinated by the Local Authority will be virtual appeal hearings only, using Microsoft Teams. This process will allow representation from both School and Appellant, to attend the hearing and present their arguments.

In-Year Appeals

In-Year Appeals for September 2020 will be heard on a virtual basis, using 'Microsoft Teams'. 

Written Appeals - Guidance Notes
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Tips on Appeal Preparation
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Frequently Asked Questions
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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.

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 Alternatively, you can return the form by post:

School Admissions Appeals Officer
OCT1221, The Octagon, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP

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.

Primary school admission appeal form 2020
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Secondary school admission appeal form 2020
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Telephone: 0345 045 1370
Fax: 01223 727 941

Parents seeking assistance with their appeal can also contact the Parents' School Preference Adviser:
Telephone: 01223 699 194