You have the right to appeal at a school where you have applied and been refused admission.

If you are considering submitting an appeal, read the advice regarding appeals on the school admissions website carefully.

You can only appeal against the refusal of a place at a school that is currently one of your live preferences.

Appeals are heard and decided by panels that are completely independent of the council and the school you may appeal for.

It is important that you consider the likelihood of your appeal being successful. For example, whether you were realistic with the preferences you submitted for your child.

Appeals are generally only successful if you or your child have exceptional reasons for needing admission to a particular school.

There are no guarantees that any appeal will be successful. The table below shows the number of heard and successful appeals which were administrated by Birmingham City Council in the last 3 years.

Percentage of successful appeals from 2021 to 2023
School year Number of appeals heard Percentage of successful appeals
Secondary transfer in 2023 427 6%
Secondary transfer in 2022 582 5%
Secondary transfer in 2021 392 2%

If you wish to appeal, the closing date for submitting your written appeal is 12 April 2024.

If you submit an appeal after this date, it will be classed as a late appeal and will be heard after the on-time appeals. It may not be heard before the beginning of September 2024.

You will be able to access the appeal form online from 9am on 1 March 2024.

Page last updated: 13 February 2024

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