Primary School Admissions Appeals


Today is National Offer Day for primary schools, and parents across the UK are eagerly anticipating the news as to whether your child has been accepted to the primary school you chose and applied for.

Off to school?

Getting the right education doesn't just start on the first day of primary school. Making sure your child gets into the right school is the most important step in getting them ready for their first day.

You will have already invested a lot of time and effort into picking the right school for your child. This is where your child will spend most of their formative years, so we know a lot of thought goes into picking the right school, attending open days, and perfecting applications.

What to Expect Today

Don’t worry if you're not quite sure on how today works. Today you will receive an email, and a letter shortly after, letting you know whether your child has been accepted to the right school.

It's great news if your child has been accepted to the school of your choice, but if they haven’t, don't panic. Not getting the preferred place doesn't have to mean giving up on getting your child the best education.

My Child Hasn't Got in – What Now?

The offer letter will include information on what options you now have. You do have the right to appeal against the decision made.

Making an Appeal

If you do decide to make an appeal, an Independent Appeal Panel will look into whether your child's place was unreasonably refused, and if any mistakes were made. When there are more prospective pupils than places, the school can use an admission criteria to narrow down who to accept. Often, the panel look at the criteria the school applied to see if this was fair.

If your child has special educational needs (SEN), you must go through a different appeals process, even if you have applied to a mainstream school. Your appeal will need to be to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal rather than the Independent Appeal Panel. This makes sure that your child's needs are given greater weight.

Imogen Jolley, our Partner specialising in education law, understands that "It can be stressful and upsetting if your child hasn't been accepted to the right school. This, coupled with facing an appeal by yourself can be very daunting. Getting the right legal advice can help make this process much easier for you."

All parents want the very best for their child, especially when it comes to education. If you are unsure about whether your child was unfairly denied a place, our education law team can help. We also have a free guide to the admissions and appeals process that could help in answering some of your questions.Download our FREE School Admissions Appeal Guide

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