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Admission Appeals Guide
School admission appeals are available to any parent who has been refused a place at one of their preferred schools. This applies to primary schools, secondary schools and maintained grammar schools, as well as to academies and free schools. Special rules apply where the appeal is for a place in a Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 class where there are already 30 children ("infant class size appeals").

The admission authority (usually the local authority, school governors or academy directors) must admit a child and comply with parental preference unless doing so would prejudice the efficient use of resources or effective teaching of other children at the school. The school should set its admissions limit at the level beyond which prejudice would arise. Below the limit, the school must admit the child ranking highest under its admissions policy. The school will not override the limit, even if they would like to admit another child.
However, if a parent appeals, the appeal panel can override the limit. The panel can allow the appeal if it thinks that the school's arguments are not good enough, or because the parent's arguments are stronger, or because the place was refused in error. For grammar school appeals, the panel can look at evidence of the pupil's academic ability. For infant class size appeals, the panel can only allow the appeal if the child was deprived of a place by an error or if the decision to refuse was one which no reasonable authority could have reached. The decision of the panel is final, with no further appeal except judicial review in the High Court. The Local Government Ombudsman can also investigate possible maladministration in the appeal process.
Ian Jones
School Appeal Barrister
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Ian Jones attends school appeal hearings across England and Wales, including Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Bury Saint Edmunds, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Exeter, Gloucester, Guildford, Hereford, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, St Albans, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Southampton, Stratford, Taunton, Warwick, Watford, Worcester, York
Within the London area, appeal venues include: Harrow, Uxbridge, Hounslow, Staines, Slough, Windsor, Wembley, Ealing, Richmond, Kingston upon Thames, Hammersmith, Barnet, Hatfield, Finchley, Muswell Hill, Islington, Westminster, Sutton, Croydon, Bromley, Camden, Hackney, Greenwich, Lewisham, Woolwich, Dartford, Barking, Romford, Hartford, Harlow, Luton, Stevenage
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