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Admissions Appeals Information for Parents and Guardians

Appeal a primary school decision

If you have been refused a place at a higher preference primary school, you can make an appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel.

Appeals are heard by unpaid, trained, volunteers. Your appeal will take place as soon as possible depending on the availability of the Appeal Panel members. The Appeals Team is unable to offer a choice of hearing date.

Your appeal will be heard remotely by video conference.


Your decision to appeal

The admission authority for a school usually only refuses a place if it has received more applications than there are places available.

You may want to appeal because:

  • your child has a particular interest in the subjects offered by the school
  • your child has medical, social or educational reasons for wanting the place
  • you have recently moved house.

Think carefully before appealing.

Most appeals fail because primary schools are full and cannot admit additional children without harming the education of the existing children or breaching the law relating to infant class sizes.

Appeals can be stressful for parents and are expensive for schools.

The Department for Education advises parents: “You should be aware that an appeal can prolong the period of uncertainty for parents and children, so it’s important to be realistic about your reasons for appealing and the chances of being successful.”


When to appeal

If you were refused a higher preference school place on 16 April 2024 for September 2024 entry, you should make your appeal before midday on 15 May 2024.

Appeals submitted by 15 May 2024 will be heard between Monday 10th June and Wednesday 17th July 2024. Delays may occur due to panel availability and numbers of appeals received.

Appeals made after 15 May will be heard as follows:

Applicants will be given 20 school days to return and lodge their appeal. Within 40 school days of that date, their appeal will be heard.

For in-year appeals for immediate entry, make your appeal within 20 school days of the refusal letter. The appeal must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Primary school appeal timetable 2024

16 April 2024Primary Allocation Day
15 May 2024, middayDeadline for submitting completed appeal forms
June 2023Deadline for submitting any additional documents or information in support of your appeal
10 school days before appeal hearingAppeals Team emails of appeal date & time letters to parents
6 calendar days before appeal hearingAppeals Team posts appeal Case papers sent to parents, the admission authority, school and appeal panel Appeal Panel
June to JulyPrimary Admission Appeals heard
Within 5 school days of the appeal decisionDecision letter posted to parents, admission authority and school

How to appeal


Preparing your evidence

When you appeal, you'll need to provide evidence on why you want a place for your child at the particular school.

Parents need to provide exceptional medical, social or educational reasons for their preferred school, supported by evidence.

You can read more about evidence you can use.


Appeal online

Before you make an appeal, you should:

You should:

  • ensure you submit your appeal and evidence within the timelines
  • complete your appeal form correctly, or your appeal may be delayed

After you make your appeal, the Appeals Team will send you an acknowledgement letter with your unique appeal reference number. Refer to this number if you contact the Appeals Team.

You cannot make an appeal for all Buckinghamshire schools here. For example, some primary schools have appeals arranged by the Diocese and not by the Appeals Team. If the school you are appealing for is not listed on the appeal form, contact the school directly to find out how to make your appeal.

Should you wish to make an application for your child to attend Great Horwood Church of England Combined School you will need to apply through Buckinghamshire County Council. 

The information can be found on their website -

The admissions policy which includes arrangements for selecting the pupils who apply and our over-subscriptions criteria can be found on the Buckinghamshire County Council website.