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Admission appeals

​​​​​​​​​​You have a statutory right to submit an appeal for a place at your preferred school when your application for a place has been unsuccessful.

2017-18 admission appeals

If your child isn't offered a place at your preferred school, you have the right to appeal against that decision to an independent appeal panel. Details of the appeal arrangements will be included with the letter notifying you of your offer of a place.​

You cannot appeal unless you have made an application for a school place and have been notified in writing of the reason why your child could not be admitted into the relevant year group.

The appeals panel may only uphold an appeal if:

  • ​The admission arrangements were not correctly and impartially applied.​
  • The decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case - this threshold is extremely high.

This does mean that the circumstances in which an appeal can be upheld by the panel is very limited. When taking account of the class size criteria you should consider looking at alternative schools.​

​The primary school allocation and appeals procedure will be published 18 April 2017.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​Secondary school allocation and appeals procedure

Secondary school allocation and appeals procedure September​ 2017​ (933kb pdf) contains more information on the appeals procedure.

Appeals timetable

​Below are the dates for appealing a decision for the September ​2017​ entry, this includes in-year transfers.

​School​ typeOffer date​​Appeals to be lodged by​Appeals to be heard by (within 40 school days)
​Secondary​1 March 20177 April 2017​21 June 2017
​Primary​18 April 2017​16 May 2017​21 July 2017

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or within 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

You'll be sent notification of your app​eal hearing along with a copy of the school’s case at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing.​

If you wish to submit further evidence which was not included with your initial appeal, you must ensure that we receive it at least 3 working days before the hearing date. Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing.

​The appeal panel will then decide whether it should be considered, taking into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to adjourn the hearing.

​​Lodge an appeal

The appeal form should only be used when appealing the decision to refuse admission to your preferred school in the Rochdale borough.​ A separate form is required for each child.​ If you’re appealing decisions for more than one school, you must complete one form per school per child.​

School admission appeal form (opens in a new wind​ow)

The date of your appeal will be arranged by an officer of the governance and committees services t​​eam, who will give you at least 10 school days notice in writing of the date of your appeal. You’ll be sent a copy of the admission authority’s statement, together with your appeal statement and any other papers.

Guide to school admission appeals (169kb pdf)

What happens if your appeal is unsuccessful?

If your appeal is​​ unsuccessful, you can'​t appeal for that school again in the same academic year, unless there is a significant change in your circumstances, such as a change of address. But you can remain on the waiting list for that school.