Primary school admission appeals

About making a primary school admission appeal

You should read all the guidance on these pages before you submit an appeal.

Alternatively, you can download the appeals guidance as a PDF. View appeals guidance and procedure for 2022–2023

Why hasn't my child been given a place?

If your child hasn't been allocated a place at your preferred school, it's because the school received more applications than the places available.

Where a school is oversubscribed, the admission authority for the school has to apply their published admission criteria to decide in which order the available places should be offered.

You’ll only be refused a place at your preferred school where the school is oversubscribed and it was not possible to allocate your child a place when the admission criteria were applied.

When allocating places, the school must take into account what the law says about the sizes of classes in Key Stage One.

In most schools in the borough, if any additional child was admitted above the school's published admission number, the school would not be able to comply with the law regarding infant class sizes without making accommodating measures, such as employing an additional teacher.