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.

There are two types of appeal

Infant class size - this is where your child has been refused admission to your preferred school on the grounds that the admission of an additional child would breach the infant class size limit.

Standard - this is where your child has been refused admission because the admission of an additional child would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.

Information and guidance notes on each type of appeal are included below.

Guidance notes for Infant Class Size appeals  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 59kB

Information sheet for Infant Class Size appeals, including FAQs  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 27kB

Guidance notes for Standard appeals  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 48kB

Information sheet for Standard appeals, including FAQs  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 27kB

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

How to lodge an appeal

An appeal form should be completed and returned as soon as possible.

Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools

If you wish to appeal for a place in Years 3-6 (Key Stage 2) or Years 7-11 (Key Stage 3 & 4), please complete the online appeal form (standard). You are advised to read the information and guidance notes above, before completing the form.

The online appeal form is not available for parents wishing to appeal for a place in an infant class: Years R, 1 and 2 (Foundation & Key Stage 1). To request an appeal form and guidance notes, please complete the online request form and papers will be sent to you.

Please note that if you wish to appeal for more than one school, you will need to complete a separate appeal form / online request form for each school.

Academies, Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Trust Schools

If you wish to appeal against the decision to refuse your child a place at an Academy or a Voluntary Aided, Foundation or Trust School, you will need to contact the individual school directly.

Non-Hampshire Schools

If you wish to appeal against the decision to refuse your child a place at a non-Hampshire School, please contact the local authority for that school.

What happens next?

Once your completed appeal form has been received, an appeal hearing will be scheduled for your case to be heard. Most parents choose to attend the hearing. 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 2016 will be heard from May onwards. Full details are included in the timetables below.

Timetable for Year 7 appeals

Timetable for Year R and Year 3 appeals

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

What are my chances of success?

This will depend on the strength of your case against the case of the admission authority. It will also depend on the type of appeal - the grounds under which a parent can appeal in an infant class size appeal for example, are much more limited (see guidance notes above).

The table below shows the number of appeals for Hampshire community and voluntary controlled schools lodged and heard during 2014/15 for entry to Year R, Year 3 (at a junior school) and Year 7 in September 2015 and their outcomes.

Data from the 2015 main round appeals

Type of appeal

Appeals lodged

Place offered before hearing

Withdrawn by parent before hearing


No. of successful applicants

No. of unsuccessful applicants

Year R (ICS)







Year R (standard)







Year 3







Year 7







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, 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.



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