The Department for Education (DFE) guidance states that no face to face appeal hearings can take place due to COVID-19. This guidance has been extended until September 2021, therefore until advised otherwise all admission appeals will be conducted by conference call or written submission.
Secondary school appeals
The admissions authority you appeal to and the form you need to complete are different for different types of school.
If you do not know the type of school you are appealing for, check the list of secondary schools.
Before completing the appeal form you should read the guidance notes (PDF 174KB) for advice on what to put in your appeal and other important information.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) format of your school appeal
All our Independent Appeal Panel members and Clerks have now undertaken training on virtual hearings, to allow them to access and listen to hearings under new Department for Education rules. Please complete the consent form to let us know whether you have access to technology which would enable you to participate in a virtual hearing. Please return this form along with the relevant appeal from below.
Community and voluntary controlled schools
- Appeal form - community and voluntary controlled schools (Rich Text Format 327 KB)
- School appeal consent form - community and voluntary controlled schools (DOC 108 KB)
Please return completed forms to your local area education office by Friday 26 March 2021.
Voluntary aided, foundation schools, academies and free schools
- Appeal form - voluntary aided, foundation schools, academies and free schools (Rich Text Format 344 KB)
- School appeal consent form - voluntary aided, foundation schools, academies and free schools (DOC 109 KB)
If you are appealing on Faith Grounds you must also fill in the Supplementary Faith form (available on the schools' websites) and submit this with your appeal application form.
Please return completed forms direct to the school for which you are appealing. These schools may have their own closing date for appeal forms, please contact the school directly for this deadline.
Information in other languages
If English is not your first language, you can download additional information in Arabic, Bulgarian, Gujarati, Italian, Polish, Spanish or Urdu.
Schools that have their own appeal form
For the following schools please contact the school direct as they have their own appeal form:
- Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy
- Eden Boys' School – appeal form (PDF 421 KB)
- Eden Boys' School – guidance notes (PDF 317 KB)
- Maharishi Free School
For further information and advice please contact your local area education office.