Secondary School Admissions 2020 and How to Appeal


If your child is moving into Year 7, the date of the 2 March 2020 is probably one you’ve been looking forward to and dreading in equal measure.

On Monday 2 March, you’ll know whether you’ve been allocated your first choice of school and be really happy and relieved or if you’ve been given another school resulting in disappointment and upset.

You may get an email with the information or you may have to log into a portal to see your allocation.

If you are not happy with the secondary school your child has been allocated, you are given an automatic right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. This panel should be made up of impartial people who will review your child’s case.

The decision letter will come, along with information about how you can appeal, the deadline to make your appeal, and a paper appeal form or a link to an online version. If you want to appeal the decision, you’ll have to complete this form and respond within the deadline set out in your decision letter.

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Making an Appeal for Secondary School Allocation

If you decide that you want to appeal against the school you’ve been allocated, you should take the time to briefly explain the reasons why. You should also include details of the alternative school where you want your child to be placed. Don’t worry too much about the detail at this point as you’ll have an opportunity to submit further reasons and evidence before the Hearing. 

Once you’ve submitted your appeal application within the deadline, you’ll be given more information including the deadlines for when you need to submit your further evidence and when your Hearing will be.

Your Local Authority will also ask if you want to accept the school place your child has been offered. It’s best to do this so you can make sure that your child has a school place for September 2020 if your appeal isn’t successful. Accepting the school place you’ve been offered shouldn’t negatively impact any appeal.

Simpson Millar Can Help You Appeal

School admission appeals should be parent friendly, but can be daunting. Don’t worry, our experienced team of Education Law Solicitors can help you. We can give you initial legal advice on what to expect or we can deal with the whole appeal process for you.

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