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Admission appeals

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We'll add information about 2017-18 admission appeals to this page after the school offers are made in spring 2017.    

2016-17 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.

​Primary school preferences received and offered

This document lists the Primary school name, admission numbers, the number of preferences received and the number of preferences we offered on the national offer date of 16 April 2016.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​Allocation and appeals procedure

Appeals timetable

​Below are the dates for appealing a decision for the September ​2016 entry, this includes in-year transfers.

​School​ typeOffer date​​Appeals to be lodged byAppeals to be heard by (within 40 school days)
​Secondary​1 March 2016​22 April 2016​21 July 2016
​Primary​18 March 2016​27 May 2016​21 July 2016

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 clear school days in advance of the hearing.​

If you wish to submit further evidence which was not included with your initial appeal, you must make sure that it is received at least 3 clear working days prior to 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 School admission appeal form should only be used when appealing against the decision not to award a place for your child at a school in the borough of Rochdale.​ A separate form is required for each child.

School admission appeal form (opens in a new window)

In-year transfer appeal

To appeal against the decision of the Admission Authority not to award the transfer of your child to the school of your preference in the borough, complete the form below.

In-year transfer request appeal form (opens in a new window)

What happens if your appeal is unsuccessful?

If you appeal for a school and are unsuccessful, you cannot 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.


​This appeals procedure doesn't apply to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs.​