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.

Appeals during the coronavirus pandemic

The Department for Education has provided schools and local authorities with updated guidance about how school appeals can be heard in light of current coronavirus restrictions. Independent panel members will be responsible for deciding on an individual school basis how appeals are heard.

Please submit your appeals as outlined and the panel clerk will contact you after the deadline to inform you of any changes that may be necessary.

If your child is due to start Primary, Infant or Junior School in 2020 you can appeal if you were refused a place at one of your preferred schools.

You can appeal between 16 April and 14 May 2020.

Due to the updated guidance from Department for Education, the need for appeals to be heard within a specific timescale has been removed, however your appeal will be heard as quickly as possible.

Your appeals clerk will contact you directly to let you know when your appeal will be heard.

For any appeals being lodged read the full copy of our privacy notice outlining your rights in relation to your personal data.

For community schools and voluntary controlled schools you can appeal online.

For foundation schools, voluntary aided schools, free schools and academies: you must write to the clerk of governors at the school using the appeal by post form (PDF, 29.2 KB).

If you are unsure of a school status check our guide on how to apply for a primary school place (PDF, 1.7 MB).

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.

Due to the current social distancing coronavirus restrictions, the appeals process will require adjustments which will vary from school to school. The panel clerk will contact those who have appealed directly to inform them how the appeal will be heard.

You will be informed of the date of your appeal at least 14 calendar days before it is heard and a complete copy of the appeals paperwork will be sent to you at least 7 calendar days before the hearing.

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 03000 41 42 22 or email appeals@kent.gov.uk for support.

Make a complaint

Make a complaint about the appeals process

Make an appeal

If your child is due to start Secondary School in 2020 you can appeal if you were refused a place at one of your preferred schools.

The original deadline for lodging appeals was 27 March 2020.

Due to the updated guidance from Department for Education, the need for appeals to be heard within a specific timescale has been removed, however your appeal will be heard as quickly as possible.

Your appeals clerk will contact you directly to let you know when your appeal will be heard.

Read our guidance for parents for further information about appeals (PDF, 423.0 KB).

For any appeals being lodged, read the full copy of our privacy notice outlining your rights in relation to your personal data.

For community schools and voluntary controlled schools which are:

  • Dover Grammar Girls School
  • Simon Langton Girls Grammar School
  • The North
  • Tunbridge Wells Grammar Schools for Boys

You can either:

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

For all other schools: please check the school's website to see if they have their own appeal form. Otherwise, you can download and print the secondary school appeal form (PDF, 46.4 KB) and forward 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.

Due to the current social distancing coronavirus restrictions, the appeals process will require adjustments which will vary from school to school. The panel clerk will contact those who have appealed directly to inform them how the appeal will be heard.

You will be informed of the date of your appeal at least 14 calendar days before it is heard and a complete copy of the appeals paperwork will be sent to you at least 7 calendar days before the hearing.

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 03000 41 42 22 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 foundation schools, voluntary aided schools, free schools and academies write to the clerk of governors at the school.

For community or voluntary controlled schools:

Read our guidance for parents for further information about appeals (PDF, 165.0 KB).

For any appeals being lodged read the full copy of our privacy notice, outlining your rights in relation to your personal data.

For community schools and voluntary controlled schools:

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

Appeal hearing

The Department for Education has provided schools and local authorities with updated guidance about how school appeals can be heard in light of current coronavirus restrictions. Independent panel members will be responsible for deciding on an individual school basis how appeals are heard.

As face-to-face appeals are not currently an option, we will contact you to go through the options for your appeal to be considered.

Get advice

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

Make a complaint

Make a complaint about the appeals process