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Appeal against a school place decision

You can appeal for a place at any community school where you have applied and have been refused a place.

Before completing an appeal form,  please see below for details of schools that are responsible for their own appeals.  For these schools you will need to contact the school to lodge an appeal.

How do I appeal?

If you want to appeal against a decision to refuse a school place, you need to complete the 'notice of appeal' form at the top of this page. You can also download guidance to help you with your appeal, and details of the appeals timetable.

If you have been refused a place at any of the voluntary aided schools, academies or free schools in Leicester (listed below) you must contact the school directly. For contact details please visit the schools directory

  • Christ The King Catholic Primary School
  • English Martyrs Catholic School
  • Falcons Primary School
  • Holy Cross Catholic School, a Voluntary Academy
  • Hope Hamilton C of E Primary School
  • Humberstone Infant Academy
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • Saint Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • St John the Baptist C of E Primary School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • Saint Paul’s Catholic School
  • St Peter’s C of E Primary School
  • St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy

If you have been refused a place at a Leicestershire school which is outside the Leicester city boundary, you should contact Leicestershire County Council's school admissions service on 0116 305 2070.

Your decision letter will also include details on how to appeal.

Appeal process

An appeal is heard by an independent panel, who will consider evidence from you and us about how they have applied the admissions policy in your case. The panel make its decision after hearing both sides, and the decision they make is legally binding.

Appeal timetables

Appeals for Year 7 entry (secondary transfer)

Process Date
National offer day Monday 1 March 2022
Appeals deadline (20 school days) Tuesday 29 March 2022
Appeals to be heard by (40 school days) Wednesday 15 June 2022
Appeals lodged after Tuesday 29 March
2022
40 school days from the date the appeal
was lodged

Appeals for foundation 2 entry (first time admissions 4+) and appeals for infant to junior Year 3 entry (junior transfer)

Process Date
National offer day Tuesday 19 April 2022
Appeals deadline (20 school days) Monday 23 May 2022
Appeals to be heard by (40 school days) Tuesday 13 September 2022
Appeals lodged after Monday 23 May
2022
40 school days from the date the appeal
was lodged

In-year refusals

An application is an ‘in-year’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group and it is submitted on or after the first day of the first school term of the admission year, or it is for the admission of a child to an age group other than a relevant age group.

Process Date
Appeals to be heard 30 school days from the date the appeal was lodged

Please note

Admission appeals are required to be heard within the above time-limits set. However, the service appreciates the importance of determining a child’s school in advance of the new academic year and therefore, where possible, the appeals service will attempt to hear all appeals filed (except those for in-year admissions) before the start of the school year on Tuesday 30 August 2022. Where this is not possible, then the latest these appeals will be held, will be in accordance with the above timetable.


Contact legal services for any queries regarding appeals

You can call us on 0116 454 1410 or send us an email: schoolappeals@leicester.gov.uk.