School Admission Appeals

If your child is refused a place at any school that you have put as a higher preference, you have the right to appeal against the decision to an independent admission appeals panel. Even if you are intending to appeal, we always advise parents to accept the school place currently being offered.

The School Admission Appeals Code sets out a strict timetable for the hearing of appeals.

  • main round appeals (to start R, yr 3 and yr7): 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals
  • in year appeals (application during the school year for R, 3 and yr 7 and all other year groups) 30 school days from the appeal being lodged. It is very important that parents keep a copy that is date stamped of the submission of the appeal

Parents must be advised of the right to appeal when refused a place at a school.

How to Appeal

Appeals for primary, infant and Junior Schools

If you are appealing for a school place for a primary, infant or junior school you can download the form below, type your information on the form, save and email to the Admissions Team or print off the relevant downloadable form below and return to:

School Admissions Team, Southend-on-Sea City Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6ER.

or print off the relevant downloadable form below, fill it in, scan and email to the Admissions Team.

Appeals must be submitted in writing on the forms above.

Appeal forms for secondary schools

For all other Secondary schools please visit the respective school websites for information on how to appeal or if you are struggling to find the forms you can email the Admissions Team and we will send you a general form and support you with the appeal.

When can I appeal?

Parents can apply anytime for in year admissions. However, for appeals to the main round of admission: year 7 September 2023, the following applies:

On time appeals, for all secondary schools, must be submitted by 29 March 2023, any appeals after this date will be heard after all on time appeals are heard.

The Local Authority runs the appeals for Southchurch High School, which are scheduled to be heard in June 2023. Appellants are notified of their appeal date and time once appeals have been submitted.

The Local Authority runs the appeals for Shoeburyness High School, which are schedule to be heard in June 2023. Appellants are notified of their appeal date and time once appeals have been submitted.

Parents can apply anytime for in year admissions. However, for appeals to the main round of admission: year R and year 3 September 2023, the following applies:

On time appeals must be submitted by 16 May 2023, any appeals after this date will be heard after all on time appeals are heard.

We aim to hear all on time appeals by 18 July 2023.

Late appeals are heard end of September or early October 2023.

Appellants are notified of their appeal date and time once appeals have been submitted.

Infant size class appeals

This applies to reception, year 1 and year 2 classes where classes are limited to 30 children. If you’re appealing an infant size class limit, your chance of a successful appeal is limited.

An appeal can only succeed if:

  • admitting an extra child would not breach the class size limit
  • your child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had complied with admissions law or were correctly and impartially applied
  • the admission authority’s decision to refuse a place was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case

Do I have to attend the hearing?

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

You have the right to be represented or accompanied by a friend and you can also request an interpreter.

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 City 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.

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