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 your child has not been offered a place at the school you prefer you can appeal to an independent appeal panel.
School places in Ealing are very limited and places are allocated according to admissions criteria. We strongly recommend if you have been offered a place at an alternative school, that you accept the place that you have been offered whilst you await the outcome of your appeal.
In Ealing and across London it is not exceptional for siblings to attend different schools.
Ealing Council organises appeals for all community schools in the borough and the following voluntary aided, foundation, free and academy schools:
- Ada Lovelace CE High School (in-year appeals only). Contact Ada Lovelace directly if you wish to appeal for a year 7 start in September 2023.
- Alec Reed Academy (High)
- Alec Reed Academy (Primary)
- Brentside High School
- Brentside Primary Academy
- Christ the Saviour CE Primary School
- Dormers Wells High School
- Dormers Wells Infant School
- Dormers Wells Junior School
- Ealing Fields High School
- Featherstone High School
- Khalsa Primary School
- Northolt High School
- St Mary's CE Primary School
- The Edward Betham CE Primary School
- Twyford CE High School (in-year appeals only). Contact Twyford directly if you wish to appeal for a year 7 start in September 2023.
- Villiers High School
- William Perkin CE High School (in-year appeals only). Contact William Perkin directly if you wish to appeal for a year 7 start in September 2023.
- Wood End Infant School
- Woodlands Academy
Ealing Council organises the following types of appeals:
Coordinated admission appeal:
Year 7 appeals - September 2023 start
All year 7 appeals received by the deadline of Monday, 3 April 2023 will be heard by Monday, 19 June 2023.
Reception appeals - September 2023 start
All reception appeals received by the deadline of Monday, 15 May 2023 will be heard by Monday, 17 July 2023.
The coordinated admission appeal timetable for May - September 2023 provides the tentative hearing dates for all community schools and the voluntary aided, foundation, free and academy schools mentioned above.
Infant class size appeal - reception, year 1 and year 2
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.
The appeal panel will consider the admission authority's reasons for refusing your child a place and your reasons for appealing against their decision. There are limited grounds on which an infant class appeal may succeed for classes of more than 30. The panel will consider, as specified in 4.4 of the School Admissions Appeals Code:
a. Whether the admission of an additional child/additional children would breach the infant class size limit
b. Whether the admission arrangements (including the area's co-ordinated admission arrangements) complied with the mandatory requirements of the School Admissions Code and Part 3 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998
c. Whether the admission arrangements were correctly and impartially applied in the case in question; and
d. Whether the decision to refuse admission was one which a reasonable authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.
For the decision to be 'unreasonable' the panel will need to be satisfied that the decision to refuse to admit your child was "perverse in the light of the admission arrangements", i.e. it was "beyond the range of responses open to a reasonable decision maker" or "a decision which is so outrageous in its defiance of logic or accepted moral standards that no sensible person who had applied his mind to the question would have arrived at it". The panel will be reviewing the admission authority's decision in the light of the material available at the time when it made its decision.
Appeals for school years 3 to 11
The appeal panel will consider the local authority's reasons for refusing your child a place and your reasons for appealing against their decision.
The appeal panel will initially decide whether the school's admission arrangements are lawful and were correctly applied and if the admission of an additional child would cause prejudice. If the panel are satisfied that the arrangements are lawful and there has not been any error that led to a place being denied, they will proceed to considering whether the benefit to your child of going to your preferred school outweighs the prejudicial effect that admitting one more pupil will have on the school and the other children in the class
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, academy foundation or free school
To appeal for a place at any other voluntary aided, academy, foundation or free school not listed above, you will need to contact the school(s) directly for details of their arrangements and an appeal form.
For further information about admission appeals see the admission appeals code.
For further information on school admissions and the admission criteria for schools in Ealing see: primary and junior school admissions
Organisations that provide information on the appeals procedure:
- ACE, Advisory Centre for Education offer free advice via telephone - telephone: 0300 011 5142, Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 1pm.
- Coram, Children's Legal Centre provides free advice on the appeals process - telephone: 0300 330 5485 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. Saturdays 9am to 12.30pm.
If you have any questions about the appeal form or the appeal procedure, please contact the committee section:
Telephone: 020 8825 6253
Appeals in other boroughs
To appeal for a place at a community school in a neighbouring borough, please contact the relevant local authority.