Admission to school

provided by the Children's Services Department

Admission Appeals

If your child has been refused admission to a school, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. You may appeal for more than one school.

Requesting an appeals pack

  • If you wish to appeal against the decision not to admit your child into a Community or Voluntary Controlled school in Hampshire, please fill in the online form to request an appeals pack.  (If you want to appeal for more than one school, you will need to complete the request form for each school, individually.)

  • If you wish to appeal for an Voluntary Aided, Foundation, Trust or Academy school in Hampshire, please contact the individual school directly.

  • If you wish to appeal for a non-Hampshire school, please contact the Local Authority for that school.

There are two types of appeal

If your child has been refused admission to your preferred school on 'infant class size prejudice' grounds you will need to refer to the first link below for detailed guidance to the appeals process:

Guidance notes for Admission Appeals being heard on 'Infant Class size prejudice' grounds  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 58kB

For all other appeals, including all Key Stage 2 (junior) and secondary school appeals, please refer to the link below:

Guidance notes for all other Admission Appeals  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 46kB

Occasionally, appeal panels hear appeals by parents whose child has been refused a place at a school due to their challenging behaviour.

What will I be required to do?

If you choose to appeal you will need to make a written statement and most parents also attend the hearing to present their case in person. You will receive written notice of the date and venue of the hearing at least 10 school days in advance

When will my appeal be heard?

Appeals for admission to Year R, Year 3 in a junior school or Year 7 in September 2015 will be heard from May onwards. Full details are provided in the following timetables.

Timetable for Year 7 appeals  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 10kB

Timetable for Year R and Year 3 appeals  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 10kB

All other appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

When will I receive the panel's decision?

The Clerk to the appeal will usually write to you with the Appeal Panel’s decision within 5 working days of the hearing, although this may not be possible where there are multiple appellants for one school. The school and the local authority are sent a copy of the letter at the same time and do not hear the outcome of the appeal before you.

The decision of the independent appeal panel is binding upon the County Council and can only be overturned by the Courts.

If your appeal is successful then you should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements for your child's start date.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, the County Admissions Team will be able to tell you where school places are available. You can contact them directly to discuss your options and make enquiries about places at other schools.

You cannot appeal again in the same academic year unless there is a significant and material change in your, or the school’s, circumstances. If this applies to your situation, you should write to the County Admissions Team detailing your change in circumstances.  You may of course, remain on the waiting list for any school.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists are separate to appeals. Information on waiting lists can be found on the following webpage:  



Independent Appeals Service for Hampshire Schools

Corporate Services, Hampshire County Council, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ

Telephone: 01962 847318 (24 hour – answerphone outside office hours) or 01962 847345

Fax: 01962 840215