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School Admission Appeals

Parents who are not offered a school place for their child at a school they prefer, have the right, under Section 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, to appeal against this decision to an independent body called an Appeal Panel.

Community Schools
Admission Appeals for Community schools are dealt with by the Local Authority.

To make an appeal for a Community school you must request an appeal form in writing from:

The Appeals Officer
School Admissions Team
Children, Young People and Learning Directorate
Civic Offices
St Nicholas Way
Surrey  SM1 1EA

E mail

Timetable for Appeals

National offer day

Deadline to lodge appeal

Deadline to hear appeal
(40 school days)


2 March 2015

30 March 2015

15 June 2015


16 April 2015

15 May 2015

17 July 2015

School Holidays

Easter holidays: 30 March 2015 to 10 April 2015

Summer Half Term:  25 to 29 May 2015

Summer Term: 13 April 2015 to 20 July 2015

Admissions Round (Secondary or Reception)

Hear within 40 school days of deadline.

Late applications for Admissions Round

Should be heard within 40 days of deadline if possible.

Hear with 30 school days of the appeal being lodged, if not possible.

Mid Term Admissions

Must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

More information on appeals for Community Schools can be found in Sutton's leaflet

Other sources of help and information on appeals:

School Admissions Code

Schools Admission Appeals Code

Academy, Voluntary Aided and Foundation Schools
Admission appeals for Academy, Voluntary Aided and Foundation schools are dealt with by the schools themselves. All enquiries regarding an admission appeal for a place at an Academy, Voluntary Aided or Foundation school must be made to the school concerned.

Contact details for Sutton schools: 

Primary, Junior & Infants' Schools.

Secondary Schools.