Appeal a school admission decision
If your request for places at your preferred schools are refused, this is usually because they received more applications than there were places available.
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 your waiting list position and which other schools may have places available.
You can also appeal the decision to refuse a place to your child at any of your preferred schools, and can appeal for more than one school at the same time. Your appeal will be heard by The Admission Appeal Panel, which is independent of the Council, you, and the school you are appealing for.
Please note that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, temporary changes have been made to the School Admissions Appeal Code. The changes came into force on 24 April 2020 and will remain in place until 30 September 2021.
The temporary regulations work to ensure that the appeals process can continue during the pandemic. Certain deadlines relating to hearing appeals have been revised and appeals must be considered as soon as reasonably practicable.
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 school 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 28 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 642697 or emailing email@example.com.
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. When classes are at 30 pupils 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 application
- the admission arrangements breached the law, the School Admissions Code or the arrangements were not correctly and impartially applied - and if they had been, a place would have been offered
- the decision to refuse the place was wholly 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.
The dates for 2021/22 are dependent on coronavirus (COVID-19) and future guidance from the Department for Education regarding the Schools Admissions Appeal Code.
If the current rules remain in place, then an appeal has to be lodged within 28 days of the notification.
Secondary school appeals
|National Offer date for Secondary Schools||Monday 1 March 2021|
Closing date for:
Note: for details of appeal closing dates for all other secondary schools please contact the school directly.
|Sunday 28 March 2021|
|Littleover Community School Stage 1 Presentation||Tuesday 4 May 2021|
|Littleover Community School Stage 2 appeals||Tuesday 4 May 2021 – Friday 7 May 2021|
|Derby Moor Academy Stage 1 Presentation||Monday 10 May 2021|
|Derby Moor Academy Stage 2 appeals||Monday 10 May 2021 – Friday 14 May 2021|
|The Bemrose School (Secondary) and da Vinci Academy Stage 1 presentation||Monday 17 May 2021|
|The Bemrose School (Secondary) and da Vinci Academy stage 2 appeals||Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021|
Primary school appeals
|National offer date for all Infant/Junior and Primary Schools||Friday 16 April 2021|
Closing date for all Infant, Junior and Primary school appeals for Community or Voluntary Controlled Schools.
Note: for details of appeal closure dates for Academies, Foundation Schools or Voluntary Aided Schools please contact the school directly
|Saturday 13 May 2021|
Infant/Junior and Primary School appeal hearing dates for Community or Voluntary Controlled Schools.
Note: for details of appeal dates for Academies, Foundation Schools or Voluntary Aided Schools please contact the school directly
|Catch Up Week||August 2021 - to be confirmed|