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Appeal against a decision to refuse your child a school place

If you applied for a place for your child at a preferred school and didn’t get it, you may want to appeal. If you appeal, your case is considered by an Appeal Panel that’s independent of the Council or school’s admission authority.

How to appeal

If you would like to appeal against a decision not to offer your child a place at a maintained primary or secondary school in Birmingham, you should complete the relevant form from the list below, and return it to the address on this page:

If you want to appeal against a decision at a voluntary aided or foundation primary school, or at an academy, you should write to the Chair of Governors at that school or academy.

The decisions of the Appeal Panel are completely independent and binding, unless overturned by a court. If you appeal for a school and your appeal is unsuccessful, you can’t appeal again for a place at the same school in the same academic year, unless there have been significant changes to your circumstances.

You shouldn’t wait for the outcome of an appeal about one school before deciding to appeal about another, as appeals can be made for more than one school at the same time.

If you decide to appeal, this will not affect your waiting list position in any way.