The school appeals process

There is advice available for parent/carers regarding the appeals process from the Department for Education. View the guidance for appeals.

A new School Admission Appeals Code was implemented on 1 October 2022. View the School Admission Appeals Code 2022.

The new Appeals Code allows appeal hearings to be held remotely by video conference. Birmingham City Council conducts appeals using Microsoft Teams.

Families will be able to access their hearing using a mobile telephone, tablet, laptop or any device that can access the internet via an internet browser.

Full and clear instructions will be provided with the appeal invite.

Submitted appeals will be processed in due course, and you will receive an invitation for your appeal hearing from the School Appeals Team approximately 14 days prior to the hearing .

You will also be provided with an information leaflet with more details on how the hearings will operate.

Both the School Admissions and Fair Access Service and the School Appeals Team request that, if you need to contact someone about your appeal, you use email wherever possible.

If you have any questions, contact the School Admissions and Fair Access Service on 0121 303 1888 or email

Papers for appeals

Birmingham's School Appeals Team will email you all the appeal papers as soon as possible before the hearing, including a copy of the written statement setting out the case for refusing admission at the particular school or academy.

Submit additional information

You will be able to submit in advance additional information in support of an appeal using our online form.

If you submit additional information on the day of the hearing, the independent appeal panel will decide whether to consider it, taking into account its significance.

Find out how you can support the school admissions appeal process

There are voluntary opportunities to become an Independent School Appeal Panel member, visit our dedicated page to learn more

Page last updated: 16 February 2024

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