Appeal a school offer

If you are unhappy with the school place you've been offered, you can appeal for any of the schools you named in your application.

We recommend you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your appeal and will guarantee your child has a school place if your appeal is unsuccessful. If your appeal is successful you must remember to tell the school you were originally offered that you no longer want the place.

Make an appeal

If you child is due to start Primary, Infant or Junior School in 2017 you can appeal if you were refused a place at one of your preferred schools.

You can appeal between 16 April and 16 May 2018 to guarantee your appeal will be heard by 19 July 2018.

If the school application was made in the normal round of applications appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline.

If it was a late application, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days of the deadline where possible, or within 30 schools days of making the appeal.

Read our guidance for parents (PDF, 170.8 KB) for further information about appeals.

For community schools and voluntary controlled schools:

For foundation schools, voluntary aided schools, free schools and academies:

Write to the clerk of governors at the school.

Appeal hearing

The hearing lets you explain to an independent appeal panel why you think your child should be given a place at the school and lets the school explain why it could not offer your child a place.

Appeal hearings usually take 30 minutes and are held Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm.

We'll send you the details and a copy of the school's case at least 10 school days before the hearing. If you want to send us any additional evidence you must make sure that we get it at least 5 school days before the hearing date.

Decision

There is a legal maximum class size for reception, year 1 and year 2. This is 30 children per teacher. Your appeal can be turned down if all the classes have already reached their legal limit, unless:

  • the admission arrangements were unlawful
  • the admission arrangements weren't correctly and impartially applied
  • the decision to refuse admission wasn't reasonable.

We will write to tell you the panel's decision as soon as possible. We cannot tell you the decision by telephone.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you can't lodge another appeal to the same school for the same school year, unless you can show your circumstances have changed since the first appeal.

Get advice

Call 0300 041 4222 or email appeals@kent.gov.uk for support.

Make a complaint

Make a complaint about the appeals process

Make an appeal

If you child is due to start Secondary School in 2018 you can appeal if you were refused a place at one of your preferred schools.

You can appeal between 1 March and 29 March 2018 to guarantee your appeal will be heard by 18 June 2018.

If the school application was made in the normal round of applications appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline.

If it was a late application, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days of the deadline where possible, or within 30 schools days of making the appeal.

Read our guidance for parents (PDF, 98.9 KB) for further information about appeals.

For community schools and voluntary controlled schools:

For foundation schools, voluntary aided schools, free schools and academies:

Appeal hearing

The hearing lets you explain to an independent appeal panel why you think your child should be given a place at the school and lets the school explain why it could not offer your child a place.

Appeal hearings usually take 30 minutes and are held Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm.

We'll send you the details and a copy of the school's case at least 10 school days before the hearing. If you want to send us any additional evidence you must make sure that we get it at least 5 school days before the hearing date.

Decision

We will write to tell you the panel's decision as soon as possible. We cannot tell you the decision by telephone.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you can't lodge another appeal to the same school for the same school year, unless you can show your circumstances have changed since the first appeal.

Get advice

Call 0300 041 4222 or email appeals@kent.gov.uk for support.

Make a complaint

Make a complaint about the appeals process

Make an appeal

If you applied to move your child to a different school but were not offered a place you have the right to make an appeal.

For community or voluntary controlled schools write to The Appeals Administrator, Democratic Services, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ.

For foundation schools, voluntary aided schools, free schools and academies write to the clerk of governors at the school.

Read our guidance for parents for further information about appeals:

For community schools and voluntary controlled schools:

Call 03000 41 42 22 or email appeals@kent.gov.uk for further advice.

Appeal hearing

The appeal hearing will take place within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. We'll send you the details and a copy of the school's case at least 10 school days before the hearing. If you want to send us any additional evidence you must make sure that we get it at least 5 school days before the hearing date.

Get advice

Call 0300 041 4222 or email appeals@kent.gov.uk for support.

Make a complaint

Make a complaint about the appeals process