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School Admission Appeal Process

You have the right of appeal under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 against the refusal of a place at any of the schools which you listed on your application form.

An independent panel will hear your appeal and their decision is binding for both the Admission Authority and the school(s). The panel will be made up of people who have experience in education and lay members (people without personal experience of school management or the provision of education).

Timetable for Appeals for Starting Reception 2015

  • 16 April 2015 - Notification letters sent
  • 15 May 2015 - Deadline for appeal forms to be submitted
  • Appeal hearings to be held in the summer term (April - July 2015)

Timetable for Appeals for Secondary Transfer 2015

  • 2 March 2015 - Notification letters sent
  • 13 April 2015 - Deadline for appeal forms to be submitted
  • Appeal hearings to be held in the summer term (April - June 2015)

This timetable will continue to be updated as appeal dates are confirmed.

How to appeal

For community schools in Haringey or Alexandra Park/Heartlands High, please contact the School Admissions Team on 020 8489 1000 or download the relevant appeal pack from the attached files section below.

The form should be returned by post to:

If you wish to appeal

  • for Fortismere School, Woodside High, St Thomas More or Greig City Academy, please contact the schools direct
  • for schools outside Haringey - please contact the local authority where the school is located

We strongly recommend that you accept the place you have been offered, as this will ensure that your child has a school place in September. Accepting the place will not influence the outcome of your appeal or your child’s position on a waiting list.

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Key Stage 1 Infant Size Legislation

You should be aware that by law infant classes (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) with a single school teacher, where the majority of children will reach the age of 5, 6 or 7 during the school year, must not contain more than 30 pupils.

Where a child has been refused admission to a school on "Infant Class Size Prejudice" grounds, an appeal panel can only offer a place to a child where it is satisfied that either:

  1. the child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had been properly implemented; and/or
  2. the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had not been contrary to mandatory provisions in the School Admissions Code and the School Standards and Framework Act (SSFA) 1998; and/or
  3. the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case

The outcome of your appeal will not be influenced by the acceptance of a place at an alternative school.

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Further information

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Page Last Updated:

3 March 2015

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