School admissions appeals

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

Year 7 Transition Appeals & Reception Transition Appeals

Following the recent postponement of all admission appeal hearings due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the government have made regulatory changes to relax some of the current requirements set out in the School Admission Appeals Code 2012.

These changes allow admission authorities to proceed with their admission appeals and crucially, offer flexibility to manage the appeals in a way that best suits local circumstances. The changes have been made carefully to ensure that all families are supported and that none are disadvantaged by the measures in place to protect public health.

The new regulations came into force on 24 April 2020 and will remain until 31 January 2021. Specifically, the regulations state that we may choose to hear appeals in a format other than face-to-face. Appeal deadlines have been relaxed, to ensure that all appeal submissions are facilitated and heard within reasonable timescales. A legal clerk will remain a necessary part of the hearing process and their presence is important to ensure the appeals are conducted fairly.

After exploring all possible options available within the temporary regulations, we can confirm that all admission appeals coordinated by the Local Authority will be heard on the basis of written representation only. This process will allow for all transition appeals to be heard by September, with hearings being scheduled throughout June, July and August 2020.

The documents linked below provide full process flow charts, a presentation detailing the reasoning for our decision and a guidance document which includes Frequently Asked Questions.

In-Year Appeals

At the current time, the In-Year admissions process remains closed. When the process does re-open, appeals will be considered as per the written process, in the first instance.

Updated: 14/05/20


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.