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

The deadline for lodging an ‘on time’ appeal for starting at primary school has now passed (22 May 2020).

Hertfordshire residents

The deadline for having your appeal alongside the other appeals for Primary Reception has passed. However, you should still be able to log in to make an appeal using the same parent ID, username and password used for your application using the link below.

Hertfordshire residents – login to appeal

Please call 0300 123 4043 if you experience any issues with this.

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 22 May 2020.
  • Appeals will be heard 22 June – 22 July 2020

Infant Class Size appeals will be considered on written submissions only, meaning there will be no face-to-face hearing this year. Information about is found in the Guide to Written School Appeals Process document (PDF 198KB)

Appellants will be notified of the paper hearing date three weeks in advance (unless you have been requested to agree shorter time scales).

Appellants will receive the school paperwork at the time of notification. They will be able to send questions to the school, and receive their response ahead of the paper hearing, as well as send in any additional supporting information.

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