School admissions appeals

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update - July 2020

Following the postponement of admission appeal hearings due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the government have brought in temporary regulatory changes to the School Admission Appeals Code 2012. The temporary regulations will remain in place until 31 January 2021 and allow us to continue with admission appeal hearings whilst maintaining social distancing rules.

Year 7 transition appeals and Reception transition appeals

Currently admission appeals coordinated by the Local Authority are being heard on the basis of written representation only. This process will allow for all transition appeals to be heard by September.

From September, all admission appeals coordinated by the Local Authority will be virtual appeal hearings only, using Microsoft Teams. This process will allow representation from both School and Appellant, to attend the hearing and present their arguments.

In-Year Appeals

In-Year Appeals for September 2020 will be heard on a virtual basis, using 'Microsoft Teams'.


We strive to place every child within a preferred school placement, however, this may not always be possible.

It is recommended you read the parents and carers guide to school admission appeals before submitting your appeal paperwork.

  • For parents wishing to appeal regarding reception, Year 1 or Year 2 places at a school, you will need to download and complete the 'Infant Class Size Legislation Appeal Form' below
  • For parents wishing to lodge an appeal for all other year groups, please download and complete the 'General Appeal Form' below.
  • The Advisory Centre for Education - independent advice regarding appeals and admissions.
PCC School Appeals - FAQ
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Below is the admission appeals timetable for the 2020/2021 school admission round for maintained schools for whom the city council is the admission authority. 

This information is provided in accordance with paragraph 2.1 and 2.2 of the School Admission Appeals Code February 2012.

Admissions to primary and secondary schools 2020-2021



Offer day 

2 March 

16 April 

Closing date for appeals (within 20 school days) 

30 March 

18 May 

Secondary Appeals:  Completed Appeal Forms returned by 30 March will be heard by 18 June. 

Primary Appeals: completed appeal forms returned by 18 May will be heard by 20 July 

18 June 

20 July 

All appeals forms for primary and secondary schools received after the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of receipt.  Please note that this might mean you appeal could be heard in September 2020 



Late applications offer day (week commencing)  

27 April 

18 May 

Appeals will be heard within 40 school days of being lodged 

All other In-year appeals will be heard within 30 schools days of receipt.