Changes to the admission appeals regulations during the coronavirus outbreak are in place until 30 September 2022.
Where possible, appeal hearings should be conducted by telephone or video conference.
Where telephone or video conference is not possible, appeals can be based entirely on written submissions.
We are currently hearing all appeals remotely. The process allows us to hear appeals in a safe, fair and appropriate manner.
We will continually review the progress and success of this process. We will closely monitor and respond to any Government updates.
Every family will receive a written explanation of the process for hearing their school appeal before receiving a copy of the appeal paperwork.
If you are not offered a place at your preferred school
If we refuse a place at your preferred school or if you are not happy with the school we have offered your child, please complete the online appeal on the link below.
If we had to refuse all three of your preferences you could appeal for each of them. There would be a separate hearing for each school for which you are appealing.
The right of appeal is suspended for children who have been permanently excluded from two schools.
If we refuse a place at your preferred voluntary aided school, free school, trust school or academy on behalf of the governing body, you should contact the school to enquire about the appeal process.
Kirklees Pupil Admissions processes the appeals for some voluntary aided, trust schools and Academies. A full list is provided below under types of appeal.
If we refuse a place at your preferred school on behalf of another local authority, you should contact the other local authority to enquire about the appeal process.
How to appeal
Appeal your school place offer
You must complete one appeal form per child
Clock Completing this form takes around 10 minutes
Paperclip To complete this form you will need; a valid email address and your childs name and date of birth.Appeal online
Types of appeal
For school admission appeals up to and including year 2 there are two types of appeal, Key Stage 1 Class Size Appeals (CS) and General Issue Appeals (GI). The type of appeal depends on how the school arrange their classes and the year group your child is in.
For appeals for year 3 onwards in primary school and year 7 in secondary schools, these are always General Issue appeals (GI).
In year admission appeals
Notice of admission appeal
It is very important for you to stay within any timetable given for your appeal process and that you state all the information on which your appeal is based in your written statement of appeal. If you miss the last date to ask for an appeal it may result in a delay in hearing your appeal.
|Appeal type||Appeals received by||Appeals will be heard by|
|Starting school for the first time||Tuesday 16 May 2023||Tuesday 18 July 2023|
|Transfer to junior/middle school||Tuesday 16 May 2023||Tuesday 18 July 2023|
|Transfer to high school||Wednesday 29 March 2023||Thursday 15 June 2023|
The coronavirus (COVID-19) will impact upon the timescales involved in hearing school admissions appeals. GOV UK: Coronavirus - school admission appeals
Please ensure any additional evidence you wish to submit in support of your appeal is received by the Pupil Admissions Team at least four working days before your appeal. Any material not submitted by the specified deadline may not be considered by the Independent Appeals Panel.
You must also let us know if you intend to call any witnesses or be represented at the appeal hearing.
The clerk of the appeal panel will write to you about the appeal hearing and explain the procedures. An independent appeal panel hears appeals.
It is made up of three people, including:
- At least one 'lay' member (a member of the public with no specialist education experience)
- At least one 'independent' person who has experience in education and who is familiar with educational conditions in our area or who is a parent of a registered pupil at a school.