You have the right under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (as amended by the Education Act 2002) to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your child has not been allocated a place at your preferred school(s). There is no right of appeal in respect of applications for nursery schools or classes.
If you are the parent of a child with a statement of special educational needs and wish to appeal against the school named in the statement, or the fact that no school has been named, such appeals are considered by a Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST), not an admission appeal panel. Please call the SEN Helpline on 0870 241 2555 for more information.
Appeals arrangements in the London Borough of Ealing
The London Borough of Ealing organises appeals for all community schools in the borough and the following voluntary aided, foundation and academy schools:
- Alec Reed Academy (primary and high)
- Brentside High School
- Brentside Primary School
- Christ the Saviour CE Primary School Christ the Saviour CE Primary School
- Dormers Wells Junior School
- Dormers Wells Infant School and Children’s Centre
- Featherstone High School
- Khalsa Primary School
- The Edward Betham CE Primary School
- Villiers High School
- Wood End Infant School
In 2010/11 654 appeals were made, of those 405 were heard, and 82 upheld. 12% of all appeals made were upheld. In 2011/12 573 appeals were made, of those 384 were heard, and 75 upheld.
The London Borough of Ealing organises the following types of appeals:
Coordinated admission appeal
The appeal form and guidance notes for year 7 appeals (September 2013 start) are available for you to download. All Year 7 appeals received by the deadline of Monday 15 April 2013 will be heard by Monday 17 June 2013.
The appeal form and guidance notes for reception appeals (September 2013 start) are available for you to download. All reception September 2013 start appeals received by the deadline of Thursday 16 May 2013 will be heard by Wednesday 17 July 2013.
The co-ordinated admission appeal time table for May - September 2013 provides the hearing dates for all community schools and the voluntary aided, foundation and academy schools mentioned above.
Infant class size appeal
Regulations made under Section 1 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 limit the size of an infant class (a class in which the majority of children will reach the age of 5, 6 or 7 during the school year) to 30 pupils per qualified school teacher. Not all appeals for infant classes are infant class size appeals. It only applies when the class has 30 children.
In-year admission appeals
All appeals for places that fall outside the main intake to primary and high schools in the autumn term, are called casual (in-year) admission appeals. If you do decide to submit a casual (in-year) admission appeal, please contact the in-year admissions team for an appeal form.
How to appeal for a place at a voluntary-aided or foundation school
To appeal for a place at any other voluntary aided or foundation school not listed above, you will need to contact the school(s) directly for details of their arrangements and an appeal form.
2013 admission arrangements
Please contact Cheryl McLean on (020) 8825 8292 or email@example.com if you have any queries.
Appeals in other boroughs
To appeal for a place at a community school in a neighbouring borough, please contact the relevant local authority.