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School admission appeals

If it hasn't been possible to offer your child a place at your preferred school, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Read this step-by-step guide to help you in the appeal process.

An appeal form can be requested from the council, or the school if they organise their own appeals. For advice, please contact the admissions team in the first instance.

For independent advice about appeals or other education matters, visit Child Law Advice Service or call their advice line on 0300 330 5485.

Appeals timetable for 2020 entry

The below timetables may not apply to all schools in Westminster or other council areas. Please check the timetable of the individual school you want to appeal to. 

Primary Reception Class appeals 2020

National Offer Day - 16 April 2020

Appeal forms for community primary schools are dispatched from 6 May 2020

Appeals to be lodged for community schools by 23 May 2020.

Appeal hearings scheduled throughout June/July 2020.

Secondary Transfer appeals 2020

National Offer Day - 1 March 2020

Appeals for schools administered by the council are dispatched from 1 April 2020.

Completed appeals to be lodged by 11 May 2020.

Appeal hearings scheduled throughout June/July 2020.

Contact us

For further information please call us on 020 7745 6432 or 6433 or email

Last updated: 17 January 2020