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.
Hillingdon Council is the admission authority for all community primary schools in Hillingdon (see list below) and is responsible for arranging and hosting the appeal hearings for these schools. The timetable for organising and hearing community school appeals is as follows:
All appeals will be heard within the timescales stated in the School Admissions Appeals Code:
Decision letters will be sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.
Own-admission authority schools (ie Academies/Foundation/Voluntary Aided) will publish their own appeals timetables.
The guidance for parents booklet [305kb] will explain your rights regarding admission to schools.
The law states that there must be no more than 30 pupils in an infant class (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2), therefore in the case of most appeals for infant schools, an appeals panel can only allow more children into a class if they decide either:
If an appeal is heard for an infant class that has fewer than 30 pupils, or for a class in the junior or secondary phases of education, the appeal panel will allow an appeal if they decide either:
If you would like to speak to an Admission Appeals officer to discuss your case you can call on 01895 556644.
Hillingdon Council is the admission authority for the community schools listed below. This means we arrange the appeal hearings. If you wish to request an appeal form for a community school please ensure you have read the guidance for parents booklet (above) and then call the School Placement and Admissions Team on 01895 556644. If you wish to appeal for any school other than those listed below then please contact the school direct. The table details the number of appeals heard for community schools in 2015/16 (including appeals heard for Starting Reception 2016).
Field End Infant
Field End Junior
Lady Bankes Infant
Lady Bankes Junior
For independent advice, you may find the following organisations helpful:
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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