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Appeal against a decision to refuse your child a school place

Your child will not be offered a place at any of the schools you have applied for if the school(s) are full with other children who more fully meet their admissions criteria.

You have the right to appeal for a place at any school you have applied for that has refused your child admission.

In deciding whether you have a good chance of your appeal being successful, it may be beneficial for you 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 preventing your child from attending the school offered or any of the available alternative schools?
  • has a mistake been made in how your application was dealt with, which meant that your child was not offered a place?
  • do you have any evidence or documents to demonstrate the point(s) that you are making?
Percentage of appeals upheld in the 2021 to 2022 academic year
Stage of education Birmingham Local Authority National
Primary 2.97% 17.2%
Secondary 6.72% 21.1%
Percentage of appeals upheld in the 2020 to 2021 academic year
Stage of education Birmingham Local Authority National
Primary 2.27% 16.2%
Secondary 2.98% 20.1%

Before submitting your appeal form, check the schools for which Birmingham City Council manages appeals.

If you submit an appeal form for schools Birmingham City Council does not manage, your appeal will be disregarded.

List of schools whose appeals are managed by Birmingham City Council.

In-year appeals

Appeal against the refusal of a place in current reception class to current year 13 using our in-year appeal form below.

In-year appeal form

Page last updated: 29 September 2023

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