This appeals process is for people applying for their child to start primary school for the first time in September 2020.

After Allocation Day on 16 April 2020, you will be able to appeal for any of the primary, infant, junior or middle schools you applied for, but for which you have been unsuccessful.  This website will tell you how to do that closer to the time.

  • Appeals deadline – submit your appeal by 4pm on 22 May 2020.
  • Appeals will be heard 22 June – 22 July 2020.
  • Appellants (the person who made the appeal) will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing (unless you've been requested to agree shorter timescales).
  • Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case 7 working days in advance of the hearing.

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

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

You can't appeal for a place at a school not named on your original application form.

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:


Schools outside Hertfordshire

To appeal for a school outside Hertfordshire, contact the relevant council for that area. Find neighbouring council contact details


Admission appeals

Appeal panels decide whether to accept or reject your appeal, based on the evidence presented to them before and during the hearing.

Admission appeals – what you need to know


Infant class sizes

Infant classes (including Reception and Years 1 and 2) are restricted to a maximum of 30 pupils with a single teacher.

If you've been refused admission to your preferred school because it would breach the infant class size limit, it's much less likely that an appeal panel can uphold your appeal.

More about infant class size appeals


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