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School Admission Appeals

If your child’s school admission application was unsuccessful you may wish to appeal against this decision.

All appeals are heard by an Independent Appeal Panel. If your appeal is successful a place for your child at the school must be provided.

Even if you want to appeal we advise that you accept any place currently being offered. Accepting a place cannot prevent you from appealing for a place at your preferred school. Often parents are not successful in their appeal and accepting any place offered gives you the security of a school place.

We are currently recruiting for Independent Appeal Panel members, to find out more see our Appeal Panel page.

How to Appeal

To appeal for places at any academy, foundation or voluntary aided school you must contact them directly - in some cases they will commission the LA to run the appeal on their behalf. Applicants wishing to appeal for Shoeburyness High School or Southchurch High School can complete the relevant form and send it to the local authority. 

For community schools please read the following information. In the situation were an appeal is received for a school that presents its own appeals the LA will send the appeal to the respective school and confirm with the parent.

Appeal Forms

To apply for a school admissions appeal, please either:

Download the form below, type your information on the form, save and email to admissions@southend.gov.uk or print off the relevant downloadable form below and return to:

School Admissions Team, Department of Children and Learning, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6ER

 or print off the relevant downloadable form below, fill it in, scan and email to admissions@southend.gov.uk.

Appeal forms for primary schools:

Appeal forms for secondary schools:

Secondary School Appeals (year 7-11) please visit the respective school websites for information on how to appeal.

Some secondary schools commission the local authority to run their appeals, currently the schools are Shoeburyness High School and Southchurch High School.

If you are appealing for Shoeburyness High School please click on the link for the form

Click on this link for the guidance to parents for Shoeburyness High School  

If you are appealing for Southchurch High School please click on the link for the form  

Click on this link for the guidance to parents for Southchurch High School

When can I appeal?

For applications to the main round for transfer to year 7, where offers are released on 1 March, appeals can be submitted up to 5 April and will be heard on the dates provided on individual school web sites or below for Shoeburyness High School and Southchurch High School (see Hearing Deadlines). 

For applications to the main round for Reception and Year 3, where the offers are released on 16 April, appeals submitted up to 15 May will be heard on the dates provided below (see Hearing Deadlines).

For applications made after the closing date for admission applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for appeal forms being received or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

For in-year admission applications (i.e. not for admissions in the normal admissions round), appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. Once you have been informed that your application has been refused, you will need to submit your appeal within 20 school days.

Appeals submitted after the deadline for admission appeal forms to be received must still be heard, but this can be within a timescale set by the admission authority. For community primary schools in the borough appeals received after the deadline for admission appeal forms to be received will be held within 40 school days of the appeal being lodged.

What happens once I have submitted my appeal form?

The admission authority refer your appeal to the independent appeals clerk and in due course you will receive written notice of the date your appeal will be heard at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing. This does not apply if you indicated on the appeal form that shorter notice is acceptable.

Hearing Deadlines

All appeals must be heard within the following timescales:

  • Primary and secondary admissions made in the normal admissions round appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. The secondary deadline for lodging appeals is the 1st week in April and for Primary it is 15 May.
  • For late applications appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
  • For applications for in-year admissions, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. Appeals are not heard during school holidays.
  • For appeals to the main round for reception most of the appeals are heard in the period 25 June - 16 July 2019. Dates to be confirmed once appeals received and directly with individuals. The appeals timetable for secondary schools can be found on respective school websites.Appeals for two schools that have commissions the LA, namely:  
    • Shoeburyness High School will be heard on 25 and 26 April 2019 and 4 and 6 June 2019 
    • Southchurch High School will be heard 15 and 16 May 2019 

Do I have to attend the hearing?

You should make every effort to attend so you can explain your case in person. However if you decide not to appear in person your appeal will be considered on the basis of your written evidence only.

When will I be informed of the decision?

If your appeal is one of a number for the same school the panel will not make decisions until all of the appeals have been heard. In these circumstances it may not be possible to advise you of the outcome of your appeal for some time. If your appeal is the only one for a particular school the clerk will write to you within 5 school days.

If my appeal is turned down when can I appeal again?

If you have already appealed you cannot appeal again for the same school in the same academic year. However in rare circumstances you may be able to appeal again if there has been a significant and material change in either your circumstances or the circumstances of the school.

For further information please contact the School Admissions Team.

How is my information used and how is my information protected?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – We are committed to protecting your privacy when you use our services. It is important to us that you can trust us to keep your information safe and to use it in ways that you will think are reasonable and ethical. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are the data controller for the information we have about you, this means we control how your personal information is processed and for what purposes. 

The School Admissions Privacy Notice, available in full on the council website explains how we use information about you and how we protect your privacy. We have a Data Protection Officer who makes sure we respect your rights and follow the law. If you have any concerns or questions about how we look after your personal information, please contact the Data Protection Officer via email or by calling 01702 215000.

Page last updated: 28/02/2019