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Appeal against an admission decision

If you are not happy with the school place you are given, you can appeal for any school.

You can contact the area education office (admissions department) for help, we can:

  • tell you which schools have places available
  • add your child's name to waiting lists for other schools 
  • provide information to help you appeal

If your child has a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or education, health and care plan, procedures differ; the SEN team at the area education office can help you.

The appeals process

You will need to appeal in writing on the relevant appeal form:

If you have been refused a place at a community or voluntary controlled school, you can appeal to the county council, by returning your appeal form to the area education office.

If you have been refused a place at a voluntary aided or foundation school or an academy or free school, you can appeal against the decision of the governing body. The school will provide you with details of how to appeal and you must return the appeal form to the school (not to the area education office).

Once we receive your appeal you will be invited to attend an appeal hearing to state your case in person and to respond to any queries. Generally hearings are informal and last around 20 minutes. The hearing is not like a court case.

A list of appeal hearing dates can be found at the bottom of this page. We will write to you to confirm the date, time and venue for your hearing. You will usually be notified at least 14 days before the hearing to give you time to prepare.

The appeal will be heard in front of a panel of 3 people acting independently of the Local Authority. They will have no connection with the school you are appealing for, or the school your child has been allocated a place at. These are the people who will make the decision about your appeal.

We will write to you to let you know the result of the hearing.

If a place has already been refused at appeal, the admissions authority will only consider a second appeal for a place at the same school or academy in the same academic year if they consider that there has been a relevant, significant and material change in the family's circumstances (since the original appeal hearing). If this is the case a second appeal hearing may be appropriate. Individual admissions authorities will decide in relation to re-appeal requests.

Appeal hearing dates

Academy/free school appeals will be scheduled along with the relevant voluntary aided district dates.

District Hearing date

Lancaster voluntary aided secondary

29-30 April and 1-3 May 2019

Preston/South Ribble voluntary aided secondary

29-30 April, 1-3 May and 7-10 May 2019

Rossendale voluntary aided secondary

1-2 May 2019

Fylde voluntary aided secondary

2-3 May 2019

Lancaster community secondary

7-9 May 2019

Rossendale community secondary

7–10 May 2019

West Lancs voluntary aided secondary

9-10 May 2019

Burnley/Pendle voluntary aided secondary

13–17 May 2019

Preston/Southribble, Chorley, West Lancs community secondary

13–17 May and 20-24 May 2019

Chorley voluntary aided secondary

15-17 May and 20-24 May 2019

Burnley/Pendle community secondary

28-31 May 2019

Fylde community secondary

30-31 May 2019

Wyre voluntary aided secondary

3-7 June 2019

Hyndburn/ Ribble Valley voluntary aided secondary 

3-7 June 2019

Wyre community secondary

10-14 June 2019

Hyndburn/Ribble Valley community secondary

10-14 June 2019

Wyre voluntary aided primary

17-19 June 2019

Preston/South Ribble/Chorley voluntary aided primary

17-21 June, 24-28 June and 1–3 July 2019

Hyndburn/Ribble Valley voluntary aided primary

17-21 June 2019

Fylde voluntary aided primary

20-21 June 2019

Burnley/Pendle voluntary aided primary

24–28 June 2019

Wyre community primary

24–28 June 2019

Hyndburn/Ribble Valley community primary

1-5 July 2019

West Lancs voluntary aided primary

4-5 July 2019

Lancaster voluntary aided primary 

4-5 July 2019

Preston/South Ribble/Chorley/West Lancs community primary

8-12 July

Burnley/Pendle community primary

8–12 and 15-17 July 2019

Lancaster community primary

8-10 July 2019

Rossendale voluntary aided primary

15-16 July 2019

Fylde community primary

15-17 July 2019

Rossendale community primary

18-19 July 2019