School Appeals Enquiry
How to appeal
This page gives you information about how to appeal against a decision to refuse your child a school place. There are different types of appeal, for further information please refer to the booklet at the bottom of this page “A Parents Guide to the Appeal Process”.
At the time of the Secondary School offer of places in March 2016 and the offer of Reception Class places in April 2016, most Birmingham parents / carers who applied on time were offered one of their preferred schools:
- 93.4% of Birmingham applicants for transfer to Year 7 were offered one of their preferences
- 94.9% of Birmingham applicants for Reception Class were offered one of their preferences
However, there are a small number of cases each year where the school cannot offer a place. If this happens to you, the School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service can give you information on other schools that may have places available. (See contact detail in the essential information section)
If you feel you would like to pursue the matter further, you can have your case heard by an Appeal Panel that is independent of the Local Authority or, in the case of foundation or voluntary aided schools and academies, by an Appeal Panel that is independent of the school’s admission authority.
You should not wait for the outcome of an appeal about one school before deciding to appeal about another as appeals can be made for more than one school at the same time.
Parents who have appealed unsuccessfully for a particular school cannot appeal again for a place at the same school, in the same academic year, unless there have been significant and material changes in their circumstances.
Appeals for schools outside Birmingham should be made in accordance with the published admission arrangements of the local authority concerned.
Please note the important information below about appeals for infant classes.