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Admission appeals

Every parent has the right of appeal for a school place.



If it has not been possible to offer your child a place at your preferred school, you have the right, by law, to appeal to an independent appeal panel. We understand how important making decisions about your child's education and schooling are to you. We know that deciding to appeal and going through the appeals process can be a worrying and anxious time.

When considering whether to appeal, it is important that you are aware that although the law allows you to have the opportunity to appeal against admission decisions, it does not give your child the right to a place at a particular school. There is no guarantee that your appeal will be successful. If you are appealing for a place at a particular school, you should make arrangements for a place at an alternative school in case your appeal is unsuccessful. Accepting a place at another school does not affect your right to appeal for a place at the school you would prefer.

The deadline for submitting appeals documentation to ensure that your appeal is heard by the end of the summer term:

  • Secondary school appeals:  Friday 28 March 2014
  • Primary school appeals:       Friday 16 May 2014

Every parent has the right of appeal for a school place.

The guidance for parents booklet [142kb] will explain your rights regarding admission to schools.

When appeals will be heard

  • For applications made on time in the normal admissions round, appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the above deadline for lodging appeals;
    For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged
  • In Year admissions appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
  • Any appeals submitted after the deadline will still be heard but may not be heard with all the other appeals for a particular school.
  • You will be sent a hearing date with at least 10 school days notice
  • Decision letters will be sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.

Hillingdon Council is the admission authority for the community schools listed below. This means we arrange the appeal hearings. If you wish to appeal for any school other than those listed below then please contact the school direct. The table shows the number of appeals heard last year and how many were successful.

Please note: For Academies, Foundation and Voluntary Aided Schools, details must be obtained from the school(s) concerned. This would be all schools not listed below.

Primary community schools:

School Appeals heard 2012Appeals upheld
Breakspear  30
Cherry Lane  
Colham Manor  
Field End 10
Frithwood        20
Heathrow   20
Lady Bankes 41
Minet  30
Ruislip Gardens  
Warrender 20
West Drayton  80
Whiteheath  31
Yeading    20

Secondary Community Schools 

Ruislip High School20

Further advice

For independent advice, you may find the following organisations helpful:

  • Advisory Centre for Education
    Unit 1C Aberdeen Studios
    22 Highbury Grove
    London N5 2DQ
    Advice line: 0808 800 5793 2-5pm Monday to Friday.
    Website: www.ace-ed.org.uk
  • The Coram Children's Legal Centre
    Advice line: 08088 020 008
    Webchat: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
    Website: www.childrenslegalcentre.com

The following publications from the Department for Education (DfE) also contain much useful information about school admissions and school admissions appeals:


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