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Information on admission appeals

Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are amending the dates for appeal paperwork to be received to 3pm on Monday 27th April.

It is very important that a fair and independent process is in place for parents to appeal against decisions made by an admissions authority.

Most appeals involve the transfer of pupils from primary to secondary schools each September, or when a child starts school in reception.

Parents can also ask for their child to be admitted to any school in any school term. For example if a family has recently moved home. However, only one appeal per child for a particular school is allowed in each school year.

If you are looking for schools in the local area, then please follow the link below to see what school(s) are closest to your home address (using a straight line distance):


The appeal process

The appeal process we use follows strict national guidance. You will receive information on the appeals process with the letter from Gloucestershire County Council. This will explain why your child has not been offered a place at your preferred school. If it has not been possible to offer you a place at a school you prefer you will now be offered a place for your child at the nearest school with places available.

There is more information about the admissions process on our school admission pages:

Special Educational Needs

If you want to appeal against the provision of Special Education for your child, contact Gloucestershire County Council's Special Educational Needs Team for information and advice on 01452-427895 as this comes under a different process.

If you have any questions about the school named in your child’s statement of Special Educational Needs or their Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) , please follow this link to find information, as this comes under a different process:

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Alternatively, you can contact Gloucestershire County Council's SEND Casework Team by phone on 01452 427895.

Decision by the Governors of a Voluntary Aided, Foundation School or Academy

If you want to appeal against a decision by the Governors of a Voluntary Aided, Foundation School or Academy you will need to contact the school direct. These schools are responsible for organising their own appeals.​


Appeals resulting from year of entry or transfer applications for admission to Community or Voluntary Controlled Schools in Gloucestershire for September 2019 will be heard according to the following timetable:

Allocation day

  • Secondary Schools: 2nd March 2020
  • Primary Schools: 16th April 2020

Deadline for lodging appeals (for local authority schools)

  • Secondary Schools: 27th April 2020
  • Primary Schools: 29th May 2020
  • (however appeals lodged after this date must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged)

Appeals for schools outside Gloucestershire should be made in accordance with the published admission arrangements of the local authority concerned.

Please complete and return your appeal form as soon as possible before 29 May 2020

Date appeals will be heard by if received by deadline date (for local authority schools)

  • Secondary Schools: 26th June 2020
  • Primary Schools: 26th July 2020

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.  Most school appeals will be heard before and after the school summer holidays for children starting primary/junior/secondary schools where possible.  School appeals are unlikely to be heard through the summer holidays.

*Archway Secondary School is the only Community/Voluntary Controlled Secondary School in Gloucestershire. All other Secondary schools in Gloucestershire manage their own appeals as they have an Academy, Foundation or Voluntary Aided status. Please contact the schools directly for further information about their individual appeals procedure.

Further advice

For further advice on making an appeal for reception 2020 entry, please contact the Co-ordinated Admissions Team:

Email: school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01452 425407

For further advice on making an appeal for an In-Year place, please contact the In-year Team:

Email: inyear.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Phone: 01452 426015

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