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Appeals Procedures

How do I make an appeal?


If you wish to appeal against an admission decision and appeal for a place at a community, voluntary aided, trust or foundation school or academy please complete the appeal form (at the bottom of this page) for the school and return it to the address stated on the appeal form.


Timetable for admission appeals

2019/20 Admissions round

For appeals after the start of the 2019/20 academic year (for your child to move from one school to another between September 2019 and August 2020), please return your form within four weeks of the date of your refusal of the school place, wherever possible.

Once we receive your appeal we will hear it within 30 school days.

2020/21 Admissions round

For appeals for your child to start primary / infant school for the first time (Reception), move up to from an infant to a junior school (Year 3) or start secondary school for the first time (Year 7) in September 2020, you should return your appeal form by:

  • 18 May 2020 for a Primary School (Reception) and Infant to Junior Transfer appeal (Year 3)
  • 30 March 2020 for Secondary School (Year 7) appeal.

The deadlines for when we will hear your appeal by are set out below:

  Offer date Appeals lodged by Appeals to be heard by
Primary 16 April 2020 18 May 2020 20 July 2020
Secondary 2 March 2020 30 March 2020 16 June 2020

Appeals received after these dates will be heard by the same deadlines if possible, if not they will be heard within 30 school days.

How much notice of the appeal hearing date will I have?


Before the appeal

You will be sent a letter telling you when your appeal hearing will be at least 10 days before it (unless you have agreed to a shorter period than this). If you appeal for more than one school, you may get a separate date for each appeal hearing, which can be some weeks apart.

Before your appeal we will also send you the paperwork relating to your case, which will include all of the written information we have received from you and all of the written information the admission authority have submitted to us. We do not expect you to provide a written response to the admission authority’s case as you will have the opportunity to ask questions of their representative at the hearing. This information is often sent to you at the same time as your appointment letter, or it may be sent out a few days later.


How you’ll receive the decision

You will be sent the decision in a letter which will be posted out within five school days of the panel making their decision wherever possible. 

If your appeal is part of a group appeal hearing with two appointments, the panel will not make their decisions until all of the appeals have been heard. The clerk will tell you when you can expect to receive your letter.

Remember to read the guidance which includes information about the whole process. 

FHT Admissions Appeals Form