School admission appeals

If you have not been offered a place at your preferred school(s) you have the right of appeal against the decision not to allocate your child a place. Accepting the place you have been offered does not affect your right of appeal. Appeals are heard by an independent panel.

If you want to appeal for a place at a community school or a voluntary-controlled school you should phone Solihull School Admissions on 0121 704 6693 or email admissions@solihull.gov.uk and request a form.

Check this list to find out who to contact to submit your appeal.

The timetable for hearing admission appeals is as follows:

  Closing date for receipt of your written appeal: Your appeal will be heard by:
Secondary places for children starting in September 2018 Thursday 29 March 2018 Monday 18 June 2018
Reception and Junior places for children starting in September 2018 Tuesday 15 May 2018 Tuesday 17 July 2018
Change of school (applications at any time other than normal intake) 20 school days after receipt of your outcome (refusal) letter 30 school days after your appeal form has been received by the Appeal Clerk

Appeals received after the closing date will be heard within the schedule where possible but this cannot be guaranteed. If the form is received in late June the appeal may not be heard until after the school summer holidays. Appeals are not heard during the school holidays.

You will receive 10 school days’ notice of the time and date of the appeal hearing. This can be waived if all parties agree. Solihull School Admissions will send you a statement a week before your appeal hearing, explaining why your child has not been offered a place and why the school is unable to admit another pupil.

Any additional documentation you wish to submit in support of your appeal must be sent to the Appeal Clerk within 3 days of the appeal hearing. Failure to comply may result in your appeal hearing being adjourned.

For further information about our appeals process download our Parents Guide to Appeals.

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