Information on admission appeals

Primary School Admission Appeals

The date for paperwork to be received is Friday 28th May 2021

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

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)


Types of appeal (Reception 2021 entry)

There are 2 types of school admission appeal: ‘Infant Class Size’ appeals and ‘Efficient Use of Resources’ appeals. 

The independent Appeal Panel considers ‘Infant Class Size’ appeals differently from other year groups. ‘Infant Class Size’ restrictions are rules that apply to all appeals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. These rules apply if your child’s admission has been refused because the class has reached its legal limit of 30 children per school teacher.

There are extremely limited grounds on which an ‘Infant Class Size’ appeal may be upheld.

For ‘Efficient Use of Resources’ appeals, the independent Appeal Panel will weigh up whether or not your circumstances outweigh the admission authority’s circumstances.

Please see Questions and answers about appeals for more information.

Please see the attached link for appeal status of the school you wish to appeal for so you are aware of which option to choose in the online form. 

Key to spreadsheet

  • VC/C see appeal process for Community/Voluntary Controlled below
  • A/VA/F/Trust contact school directly for appeal paperwork

School Status for appeal submissions spreadsheet

Please access the online appeal form on the following link for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools

Online primary admissions appeal form

The appeal process for Community and Voluntary Controlled Secondary, Infant, Primary and Junior Schools

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:

The appeal process following a 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, Trust or Academy you will need to contact the school directly. These schools are responsible for organising their own appeals and setting their own timetable.


Appeals resulting from year of entry or transfer applications for admission to Community or Voluntary Controlled Schools in Gloucestershire for September 2021 will be heard according to the following timetable:

Allocation day

  • Secondary Schools: 1st March 2021
  • Primary Schools: 16th April 2021

Deadline for lodging appeals (for community and voluntary controlled schools)

  • Secondary Schools: 7thApril 2021
  • Primary Schools: 28h May 2021
  • (however appeals lodged after this date must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged)

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.

*Archway Secondary School is the only Community/Voluntary Controlled Secondary School in Gloucestershire

Schools outside of Gloucestershire

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

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 Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), please follow this link to find information, as this comes under a different process:

If you have any queries about school admission appeals please contact us at

Further advice

For further advice on making an appeal for reception 2021 entry, please contact the Co-ordinated Admissions Team:

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