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 and request a form.

You can also use this form to appeal for the following academy schools - Alderbrook, Arden, Grace Academy, Heart of England, Langley, Light Hall, Lode Heath, Lyndon, Park Hall, Smith's Wood, Tudor Grange, Balsall Common Primary, Bentley Heath CE Primary, Damson Wood Infant, Hockley Heath Primary, Knowle CE Primary, Marston Green Infant, Smith's Wood Primary, Streetsbrook Infant and Tudor Grange Primary St James.

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 2017 29 March 2017 15 June 2017
Reception and Junior places for children starting in September 2017 22 May 2017 24 July 2017
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.

Other schools

Voluntary aided (church schools), CTC Kingshurst Academy, John Henry Newman Catholic College and St Peter's Catholic School are responsible for arranging their own appeals and you should contact the schools for details.

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