School admission appeals timetable

Coronavirus: school appeals

In line with DfE guidance, immediate entry appeals should be heard within 30 school days of being lodged. These timescales are being met the majority of the time, but your appeal may be slightly impacted for reasons related to Covid. Appeals are being set up as a face to face hearings but may be changed to remote hearings using our conference call system in line with the Government Covid recommendations. If the event of this you will be contacted.

Other deadlines may vary as this is being looked at on a case by case basis. Details will be sent to you with information regarding when and how your appeal will be heard.

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 2022 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 2022

29 March 2022

16 June 2022 (40 School days)


19 April 2022

18 May 2022

20 July 2022 (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 5pm on the day notified in the letter with details of the hearing. 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.