All school places are allocated in line with the School Admissions Criteria. Please visit School admissions and transfers for further details.
In the vast majority of cases, children are offered places at their parents' first choice of school. If, however, you child is unable to gain admissions, you will need to decide whether you are willing to accept a place offered at a different school, or whether you wish to continue with you first application.
If you choose to pursue your first application, you may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. This Panel will determine whether the school is full and, should that be the case, whether the parent's circumstances are so strong that the child should still be offered a place. It should be noted that nursery age pupils have no right of appeal.
Making an appeal
Appeals must be given in writing within 28 calendar days of you being notified of the decision not to admit your child to your chosen school.
The appeal will then be referred to the council's legal department who will arrange for the appeal to be heard by the Independent Appeal Panel.
You can submit your appeal online.
Alternatively, you can submit your appeal in writing to: