Skip to content


Hertfordshire County Council

Secondary school appeals – moving up to secondary

You can appeal if your child is not offered a place at a secondary or upper school that you applied for.

Hertfordshire residents

Log in to the appeals system using the same parent ID, user name and password used for your application.

Out of county residents and paper applicants

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 – submit your appeal by 4pm on 29 March 2018.

Appeals will be heard 30 April – 15 June 2018.  (That excludes 28 May – 1 June 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 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.

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


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.

Additional supporting information for your appeal

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 may not be considered at the hearing.

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