Admission appeals

If it has not been possible to offer your child a place at your preferred school, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Download the Parents guide to admission appeals (pdf 228KB) for step-by-step guidance on how to make an appeal.

Changes to appeal hearings because of Coronavirus

As in normal time, parents still retain their rights to appeal against the decision to not offer a school place as requested. However, face to face hearings will not be possible.

The government has now released temporary regulations to allow appeals to be heard virtually through telephone or video conferencing, or by written submission for the 2020 admissions.

If you are requesting an appeal against a community school, on top of the appeal form, please tick which form of hearing you would prefer.

Download an admissions appeal form (pdf 57KB), complete it and return it to the admissions authority for the school. For academy, free or church schools, the admissions authority is the school. For community schools, the local authority is the admissions authority. Please contact the admissions team in the first instance for advice. You may need to complete a separate appeal form for some schools.

If you would like independent advice regarding appeals or any other education matter, visit the Child Law Advice Service website or call their advice line on 0300 330 5485.

Appeals timetable for 2020 entry

The below timetable may not apply to all schools in Hammersmith & Fulham or other council areas. It is important that you check with the individual school you want to appeal for to check their timetable.

Primary reception appeals

  • Appeal forms for community primary schools dispatched from 21 May 2020
  • Appeals to be lodged for community schools by 18 June 2020
  • Appeal hearings scheduled throughout  July 2020

Secondary transfer 2020

  • Appeals to be lodged by 13 May 2020
  • Appeal hearings scheduled throughout June 2020

Contact us

For further information please call us on 020 8753 1085 or email