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Hertfordshire County Council

Primary school appeals – starting at primary

You can appeal if your child is not offered a place at any of your preferred primary, infant, junior or middle schools.

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

Hertfordshire residents

Log in to the appeals system and "register an appeal online" if your child is not offered a place at any of your preferred Hertfordshire schools.

Out of county residents and paper applicants

To appeal for a Hertfordshire school, call us on 0300 123 4043 for your registration details. Then you can log in to the appeals system to appeal.

Appeals deadline – submit your appeal by 4pm on 18 May 2018.

Appeals will be heard 18 June – 20 July 2018.

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.

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.

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.

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


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