Appeal for a school place

If you have not been offered a place for your child at your preferred school, you have a right of appeal under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (as amended by the Education Act 2001)

The Education Appeals Secretariat deals with all appeals for the schools for which Havering Council is responsible, and those for most Voluntary Aided, Foundation schools and Academies in Havering.

If your child has a Full Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you cannot use this appeal process. You must contact the SEN team on 01708 431885.

We recommend you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your appeal and will guarantee your child has a school place if your appeal is unsuccessful. If your appeal is successful you must remember to tell the school you were originally offered that you no longer require the place.

If your child is due to start Reception, Year 7 or 6th Form in September you can appeal against the decision not to offer you one of your preferred schools by completing the below form:

Appeal for a child starting Reception / Year 7 / 6th Form in September

If your child is already in education and you have completed an In-Year Application Form (ICAF), you can appeal against the decision not to offer you your preferred school by completing the below form:

Submit an in year appeal

How the appeals process works

The school admission appeals guidance documents explain how the appeals process works and will help you to appeal against an Authority's decision not to offer your child a place at your preferred school(s).

It is intended to help you understand:

  • The appeal process and the different types of appeal
  • What will happen at an appeal hearing; and
  • How the Appeal Panel will make its decision on your appeal

Schools appeals timetable

The dates in the timetable for appeals for Reception and Secondary Transfer are given as guidance only and are subject to change, but any change will be notified directly to you. Please note that appeal hearings will not commence until after the relevant closing date has passed. Appeals that are completed by the deadline dates will be heard within 40 school days of that deadline.

Hearings for In Year appeals will be heard within 30 school days of receipt. This will apply to all appeals made outside the timetabled admissions process.

Please note that you will be notified of the exact time and date of your appeal at least 10 school days before the hearing is due to take place. You will also receive a copy of your appeal form and any papers you may have submitted in support of your appeal, as well as the school’s case. If you intend to be present at the hearing, you should bring all documentation with you to your appointment.

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