School Admission Appeals

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you can appeal against the decision.

You will receive a letter with the appeal hearing date within 30 school days for mid-year appeals and 40 school days for normal admission round appeals.

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 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

Appeal forms for secondary schools

You will need to fill in an appeals form. If you are appealing for Secondary Schools in the borough you must download or collect an appeal from the school or the school website

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

When can I appeal?

Secondary schools – transfer to year 7

You must submit an appeal by 30 March 2020

All appeals must be heard by 11 June 2020

Late appeals are heard end of September or early October 2020

Refer to the relevant school website for the 2020 appeal timetable.

Appeals for Southchurch High School will be heard on 18/5/2020 – 20/5/2020 and 16/6/2020

Appeals for Shoeburyness High School will be heard on 3/6/2020 – 5/6/2020 and 16/6/2020

Primary, infant and Junior Schools – transfer to year 3 or starting in Reception

You must submit an appeal by 14 May 2020

All appeals must be heard by 15 July 2020

Late appeals are heard end of September or early October 2020

Appeals for community schools and schools the local authority presents (Bournes Green Infant School, Bournes Green Junior school, Richmond Avenue Primary School, Hinguar Primary School, Thorpedene Primary School, Hamstel Infant School , Hamstel Junior school, Friars Primary School, Porters Grange Primary, West Leigh Junior School etc) will be heard  25/6/2020, 26/6/2020, 8/7/2020, 9/7/2020 and 15/7/2020

All schools – in year appeals

You must submit an appeal within 20 days of the letter refusing you a place.

Appeals must be heard within 30 days of the day you submitted the appeal.

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 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.

Contact Schools and Learning

Telephone: 01702 215007

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