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Appeal against a school decision
If your child has been refused a school place, you can appeal.
If you have applied as part of the normal round of admissions, and have been refused a school place, you will be automatically placed on the school’s oversubscription (waiting) list.
Oversubscription List (OSL)
The position your child will appear on the Oversubscription List will depend on how closely they meet the school’s admissions priority criteria - see Your Guide to Education for more details.
If a place becomes available, and your child is at the top of the list, you will be contacted automatically to offer you the place.
The majority of OSLs are maintained by Leicestershire County Council’s School Admissions Service. Voluntary Aided schools and some Academies maintain their own.
If you wish to appeal, it will be to the ‘admitting authority’ responsible for the school.
The majority of schools in Leicestershire (apart from Voluntary Aided Schools) use the Leicestershire County Council’s appeals service to conduct their appeals. So, you must use the council’s procedure to make your appeal, unless told otherwise.
The appeals procedure
Before you can appeal, you must have applied and been refused a school place.
- Download the School Appeals Guidance Opens new windo
- Complete the Online School Admissions Appeal form
- Or download the
School Admissions Appeal form Opens new windowFor paper copies, please contact the Admissions Service
- Return the School Admission Appeal Form to the Director of Law and Governance by the closing date - closing dates vary depending on when you applied
- The Director of Law and Governance will let you know when your appeal hearing will take place
- You are encouraged to attend the appeal hearing yourself or with a friend. You may ask a representative to speak for you or you can send a written submissions.
- Your appeal will be considered by an Independent Appeals Panel, that is independent of the school and Leicestershire’s Children and Family Service
- Appeal decisions letters will be sent within 5 working days of the last appeal heard, wherever possible.
School Admission Appeals Timetable 2017/2018
Mid-term or in-year transfers
If you have applied for a school place outside the normal round i.e mid-term, and been refused, then you must lodge an appeal within 20 school days of being notified that your application was unsuccessful.
Your appeal will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
September 2017 entry
First time admissions or transfer applications for admission in September 2017 will be heard according to the following timetable as long as the appeal is submitted on time:
|Offer Date||Appeals lodged|
|Appeals to be heard|
|Secondary||Wednesday 1 March 2017||Friday 31 March 2017||Monday 19 June 2017|
(40 school days)
|Primary||Monday 17 April 2017||Monday 22 May 2017||Monday 4 September 2017|
(40 school days)
You can download the Appeals Timetable and more information.
Late Applications and Appeals
Applications for a school place received after the relevant closing dates i.e. after 31 October for secondary transfers or after 15 January for first time admissions are classed as late.
If your application was late, you must appeal within 20 school days of being refused the place. Your appeal will be heard up to 40 school days from the date it was lodged.
Appeals lodged after the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal being lodged.