Schools admissions - appeals

If your request for a school place is refused, this is usually because the school received more applications than there were places available and other children more fully met the admission criteria.

If your child has been refused a place at a school, they will automatically be placed on the waiting list for that school. The Admissions Team can give you information on other schools that may have places available.

You can also appeal the decision, however please check that your child met all of the admission criteria before making an appeal. You can appeal for more than one school at the same time. The Independent Appeal Panel must be independent of the Council, and the school you are appealing for. 

How to appeal

For academies, voluntary-aided, foundation, trust or free schools, the schools manage their own appeals. If you would like to appeal, please contact the school directly and they will be able to tell you what you need to do. Please do not appeal to the Council.

For community or voluntary-controlled schools, appeals are dealt with by the Council.

If you are appealing for an intake year, please see the Schools appeals timetable for closing dates and when appeals are currently scheduled for.

If you are appealing for a school in-year, the deadline for returning appeal forms will be at least 20 school days from the date of the decision letter.

The quickest and easiest way to appeal is online. Alternatively, you can request a paper application by telephoning 01332 642730 or emailing admissions@derby.gov.uk.

For infant class size appeals, the legal limit of 30 pupils per class in reception, year 1 and year 2 classes restricts the circumstances where an Appeal Panel can allow an appeal, if it takes the class group above the 30 pupils limit. For these year groups, the Appeal Panel can only uphold an appeal if it is satisfied that:

  • an error was made in the processing of your form
  • the policy or admission arrangements were applied incorrect
  • the decision to refuse the place was unreasonable.

You may still talk about your personal, social and domestic circumstances during an infant class size appeal however the Independent Appeal Panel is only allowed to grant an appeal if it meets one of the criteria above.

The quickest and easiest way to appeal and infant class size is online. Alternatively, you can request a paper application by telephoning 01332 642697.

Please read our Guidance Notes before making an appeal.

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
School Admissions Team
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS
Phone: 01332 642697
Minicom: 01332 640666
Derby City Council
School Admissions Team
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS

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