School admission appeals

If you have not been offered a place at your preferred school(s) you have the right of appeal. Accepting the place you have been offered does not affect your right of appeal.

The Department for Education publish useful information about appealing for a school place.

We arrange some appeals and others are arranged by the school. Appeals are heard by an independent panel.

Appeal hearings usually take place in the Civic Suite at the rear of the Council House, Solihull. Due to the current restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic appeals are being held virtually via video conferencing. The appeal clerk will send you the details of your hearing.

Appeal for a place in year 7 starting in September 2021

  • Closing date for submitting your appeal form: 29 March 2021
  • Appeals will be heard by: 17 June 2021 if possible

Appeal for a place to start in reception or year 3 in a junior school in September 2021

  • Closing date for submitting your appeal form: 14 May 2021
  • Appeals will be heard by: 16 July 2021 if possible

Appeal for a place starting at any other time

  • Closing date for submitting your appeal form: 20 days after receipt of your outcome (refusal)
  • Appeal will be heard by: 30 days after the appeals clerk has received your form or as soon as reasonably practical

If your appeal is received after the closing date we cannot guarantee that this will be heard within the schedule. Appeals are not heard during the school holidays.

You will receive 10 school days’ notice of the time and date of the appeal hearing. Before your appeal hearing you will be sent a statement explaining why your child has not been offered a place and why the school is unable to admit another pupil.

Any additional documentation you want to provide in support of your appeal must be sent to the appeal clerk within 3 days of your hearing. 

You can find further information about the appeals process we manage in our Parents’ Guide to Appeals.

  • Use this form to appeal for a place at any of the following schools:
Alderbrook School Light Hall School
Arden Lyndon School
Grace Academy Park Hall School
Heart of England School Smith's Wood Academy
Langley School Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst
Lode Heath School Tudor Grange Academy Solihull

Contact the following schools direct to lodge an appeal:

John Henry Newman Catholic College  or 0121 770 5331
St Peter’s Catholic School or 0121 705 3988

For infant, junior and primary schools:

  • Use this form to appeal for a place in reception, year 1 or year 2.
  • Use this form to appeal for a place in year 3, 4, 5 or 6.
Balsall Common Primary Marston Green Infant Academy
Bentley Heath CE Primary Marston Green Junior School
Blossomfield Infant and Nursery School Meriden CE Primary School
Burman Infant School Mill Lodge Primary School
Castle Bromwich Infant School Monkspath Junior and Infant School
Castle Bromwich Junior School Oak Cottage Primary School
Cheswick Green Primary School Olton Primary School
Coleshill Heath School Peterbrook Primary School
Coppice Junior School Sharmans Cross Junior School
Cranmore Infant School Shirley Heath Junior School
Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School Smith's Wood Primary Academy
Dickens Heath Community Primary School Streetsbrook Infant & Early Years Academy
Dorridge Primary School Tidbury Green Primary School
Fordbridge Community Primary School Tudor Grange Academy Yew Tree
Greswold Primary School Tudor Grange Primary Academy St James
Haslucks Green Junior School Ulverley School
Hockley Heath Primary Academy Valley Primary School
Kineton Green Primary School Widney Junior School
Kingshurst Primary School Windy Arbor Primary School
Knowle CE Primary Academy Woodlands Infant School
Langley Primary School Yorkswood Primary School

Contact the following schools direct to lodge an appeal:

Berkswell CE Primary or 01676 532141
Bishop Wilson CE Primary or 0121 770 4063
George Fentham Endowed or 01675 442 800
Lady Katherine Leveson CE or 01564 772374
Our Lady of Compassion Catholic Primary or 0121 706 9508
Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Primary or 0121 744 6852
St Alphege CE Infant and Nursery or 0121 705 0443
St Alphege CE Junior or 0121 704 2714
St Andrew's Catholic or 0121 743 5675
St Anne's Catholic Primary or 0121 779 8060
St Anthony's Catholic Primary or 0121 770 3168
St Augustine's Catholic Primary or 0121 705 4355
St George and Teresa Catholic or 01564 774906
St John the Baptist Catholic Primary or 0121 770 1892
St Margaret's CE Primary or 0121 706 5020
St Mary and St Margaret's CE Primary or 0121 747 2025
St Patrick's CE Junior and Infant or 01564 70 2 278