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Appeal against a decision to refuse your child a school place

If your child has not been offered a place at any of the schools applied for; 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?

List of schools whose appeals are managed by Birmingham City Council

In year appeal form

% Appeals upheld 2016 to 2017
  Birmingham Local Authority National
Primary 1.6% 35.8%
Secondary 6.9% 24.6%
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