Appeal against a decision to refuse your child a school place
What is the likelihood that your appeal will be allowed and that your child will be offered a place at the school?
In the 2015 to 2016 academic year the following school admission appeals, facilitated by Birmingham city council, were heard by independent appeals panels.
|School year||No. of appeals heard||% of appeals allowed|
|Reception intake 2016||409||1.4%|
|Secondary transfer 2016||1075||2.9%|
|Primary in-year 2015 to 2016||982||7.5%|
|Secondary in-year 2015 to 2016||209||8.6%|
Before you decide to appeal
- If your child has not been offered a place at any of the schools you listed as preferences; this will be because the school(s) received more applications than there were places available and other children more fully met the admission criteria. You do have a right to appeal this decision, but please do check that your child met all of the admissions criteria before submitting an appeal.
In deciding on whether you have a good chance of your appeal being allowed, it may be beneficial to consider the following:
- have you been realistic in the school preferences you put forward for your child?
- do you have genuine reasons why your child should attend a particular school?
- would your child be disadvantaged by not attending a particular school?
- are there exceptional circumstances that would prevent your child from attending the school offered or any of the alternatives available?
- has your preferred school's admission authority made a mistake in the way in which they dealt with your application, which meant that your child was not offered a place?
- do you have any evidence or documents to demonstrate the point that you're making?