School admission appeals timetable

Coronavirus: school appeals

The Department for Education has issued new guidance in relation to school admission appeals which took effect on 24 April 2020. Following discussions, Surrey County Council (SCC) has decided that school appeals will run audio appeals using a conference call system supplied by SCC. The exception to this is for multiple appeals for the same school and year group where stage 1 will be heard on paper and stage 2 by audio. Parents who have decided, or who wish to decide, for their appeal hearing to be heard on paper will still be heard in this way. This has been agreed in conjunction with SCC Legal team and is considered to be the fairest and most consistent way forward ensuring majority of appellants can participate. We are in discussions with schools to establish which schools are able to this.

School admission appeals' timetable

Please note that some of these deadlines and the process for hearing appeals may change depending on the national situation as a result of COVID-19. You will be informed on a case by case basis.

Appeals for September 2021 resulting from year of entry or transfer applications – this relates to community and voluntary controlled schools only. Other schools may follow this timetable but you will need to check.



Appeals lodged by

Appeals to be heard by


1 March 2021

29 March 2021

16 June 2021 (40 School days)


16 April 2021

17 May 2021

19 July 2021 (40 School days)

NB: Appeals will not start being heard until after the relevant closing date has passed. Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing. Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case 7 clear working days in advance of the hearing.

Appellants must ensure that any further evidence not included with their initial appeal, is received by the date and time as notified in your letter. Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing.

In year or immediate entry appeals

Appeals resulting from in year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.