Secondary school admission appeals

Submit an appeal

You should only complete the appeals form to appeal about not getting into a school in the borough of Rochdale.

You'll need to complete a separate form for each child. If you’re appealing decisions for more than one school, you must complete one form per school per child.

School admission appeal form

Documents and evidence you'll need

To complete the form, you'll need:

  • Details about you and your child, including the name of the school you're appealing against.
  • Your reason for appealing.
  • If you'd like to provide any evidence to support your appeal, have it ready to upload to the form. Evidence can be anything you think supports your case, such as a doctor's note or a letter from a social worker.

What happens next

Once you've submitted the form:

  1. We'll arrange an appeal hearing and send you a letter telling you when and where your appeal hearing will take place. We'll give you at least 10 working days' notice.
  2. The hearing will take place at the specified time. You don't have to attend but if you do, you'll be able to elaborate and clarify any questions the appeals panel may have.
  3. We'll send you a letter telling you the result of your appeal within 5 working days of the hearing. We're not able to tell you over the phone. 

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you can't appeal again unless you've got a significant change in your circumstances, such as a change of address.

If you want to make a complaint about our decision, you can lodge a complaint with the Local Government Ombudsman or the Education and Skills Funding Agency depending on the type of school. Complain about your appeal