Admission Appeals

If you have been refused a place at your preferred Staffordshire school and you are dissatisfied with the school place offered you have the right to lodge a formal appeal against this decision to an Independent Appeals Panel. 

The following information is designed to help you understand the appeal process. The information relates to appeals for all the following types of school:

  • Academies
  • Community schools
  • Foundation schools
  • Voluntary aided schools
  • Voluntary controlled schools

There are 2 types of appeal:

  • Ordinary – For all Secondary and Middle Schools and some Primary schools
  • Infant Class Size – For Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in Primary schools where a place has been refused as, by law, the class may not contain more than 30 children with a single qualified teacher.

Note: There is no right of appeal for admission to a maintained nursery.

How do I appeal?

Submit your appeal using our online form.

Alternatively you can complete the form below:

When will my appeal be heard?

Appeals received after 25 June 2017 will not be heard until mid September 2017. Notification of your appeal date will be sent via email and you will be given at least 10 school days’ notice.

Please see the timetable for submitting appeals and provisional hearing dates for starting school in September 2017.

If you are appealing for a school place with a start date earlier than September 2017 (a mid-year application) your appeal will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Further information

Please see our FAQ page for additional information.

Further information can also be obtained from the relevant Diocese office:

You can also contact us so we can help.

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