You can appeal if your child is not offered a place at a secondary or upper school that you applied for.
The deadline for lodging an ‘on time’ appeal for moving up to secondary school has now passed (29 March 2019).
If your child has not been offered a place at a secondary or upper school that you applied for, you can still appeal. However, any appeal received now will be treated as ‘late’ and may not be heard with those that were received by the deadline.
To lodge an appeal:
Log in to the admissions system using the same parent ID, user name and password used for your application.
Please don't send us information where third parties can be identified (e.g. other children's names or photographs).
If you need to include information about other people, you will need to send us written consent from the individuals or families involved.
When you send us your information as part of a school admissions appeal, you are sending your information to Hertfordshire County Council (as the Data controller).
This information is gathered and will be processed for the purpose of processing school admissions appeals, exclusion reviews and home to school transport appeals. Hertfordshire County Council will use this information to ensure all contacts (including calls, emails, and online contacts) are managed effectively to log, record and administer the statutory school appeals service and to give the best customer service possible.
Hertfordshire County Council is obliged to collect and process this data under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, Admissions code 2014 and Appeals code 2012.
The information you give us will be held by the Appeals team of Hertfordshire County Council.
It will be shared with schools and independent appeal panel members.
We will also share information with third parties if we are legally obliged to do so, for example if it necessary to safeguard or protect a child.
We may also share information with the police or other agencies if it is necessary for the following purposes:
a) the prevention or detection of crime
b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders
c) the assessment or collection of any tax or duty or any imposition of a similar nature
Hertfordshire residents who applied using a paper form should call 0300 123 4043 for registration details. Once registered, log in to the appeals system.
Out of county residents
Call us on 0300 123 4043 for your registration details. Once registered, you will be able to log in to the appeals system.
- Appeals deadline – was 4pm on 29 March 2019.
- Appeals were heard 3 May – 21 June 2019 (excluding 27 – 31 May 2019).
- 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 the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged – which ever is the later date.
Schools that manage their own appeals
Contact the school direct if you wish to appeal for one of the following:
Accepting a place at another school doesn’t affect your right of appeal.
- 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.
Schools outside Hertfordshire
To appeal for a school outside Hertfordshire, contact the relevant council for that area. Find neighbouring council contact details.
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
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