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You have the right of appeal at a school where you have applied and been refused admission. If you are considering the possibility of 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 who are completely independent of the council and the school(s) you may appeal for. It is suggested that you consider the likelihood of your appeal being successful, were you 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. See below for the number of heard and successful for appeals administered by Birmingham City Council over the last 3 years.

School year

No of appeals heard

% of successful appeals

Secondary transfer 2023 427 6%
Secondary transfer 2022 582 5%
Secondary transfer 2021 392 2%

Should you wish to appeal, the closing date for submitting your written appeal is Friday 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, and it may not be heard before September 2024.

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

Page last updated: 7 February 2024

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