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Appeal against a school place decision

We try to make sure that as many pupils as possible are offered places at the school they and their parents want. 

However, if we cannot offer your child a place at the school or schools you prefer, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel.

You can find out more about the appeals process:

If you are appealing against a decision of an academy, trust, foundation or voluntary aided school you will need to contact the school for information on their appeals procedure.

Appealing for a school place September 2017

You can only appeal for schools for which you have been refused using the form below.

Please DO NOT use the online form below for making your appeal for a year 7, reception or infant to junior school place in September 2017, as this will delay processing your appeal.

If you wish to appeal for Sandwell Academy  please contact them directly. If you want to appeal for a school outside Sandwell please contact the relevant local authority.

Appealing for a school place during the year (Mid-year process)

You can now appeal for a school place if you have been refused by using our online form. This is only for current mid-year requests and not for the annual process.

How long will it take?

For both primary and secondary schools we aim to hold all appeal hearings within 40 school days of the deadline for submitting an appeal. In some exceptional circumstances we may need to hold hearings after this date.

You will be given 10 days notice of an appeal hearing date and time.

The decision

You should be made aware of the appeal decision within five school days unless there is a good reason why the decision has been delayed.

Appeals for heavily oversubscribed schools can last for up to two weeks.  You will be notified of the decision no later than five school days of the last hearing unless there is good reason why the decision has been delayed.