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Hertfordshire County Council

In year appeals

You can appeal if your in year application to change schools during the school year is unsuccessful.

When we write to you with the outcome of your application, if you've been unsuccessful, we'll include registration details to enable you to login and appeal online.

In year admission appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing.

Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case 7 working days in advance of the hearing.


You can only appeal once every academic year, unless your circumstances have changed significantly.

Accepting a place at another school doesn’t affect your right of appeal.

Schools that manage their own appeals

Contact the school direct if you wish to appeal for one of the following:

Additional supporting information

If you appeal and you want to submit further evidence, which was not included with your initial appeal, you need to ensure this is received at least 7 working days in advance of your appeal (not including the day of postage or the hearing).

Remember, any confidential medical or social evidence you submit when you apply for a school place will not be provided to an appeal panel. If you wish to rely on this in support of your appeal, you'll need to submit this documentation to the Appeals team.

Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter which wasn't previously available, will be accepted up to 4 working days before the hearing. 

Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing.


How the appeals process works

Take a look at the guidance for parents which explains how the appeals process works and how panels make their decisions.

Independent Appeals Panels

Appeals are heard by an Independent Appeal Panel and their decision is binding on us (the local authority), the school and the parent. If the Independent Appeal Panel agrees that your appeal should be upheld, the school must admit your child.

Independent Appeal Panels must comply with the School Admission Appeals Code (2012).

If you're unhappy following an appeal

If you feel your appeal wasn't properly or fairly conducted, you can:


See previous years' appeals statistics