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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.

The deadline for lodging an ‘on time’ appeal for moving up to secondary school has now passed (29 March 2018).

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:

Hertfordshire residents

Log in 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 – the deadline to submit an appeal 'on time' was 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 (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.

Schools outside Hertfordshire

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

Appeal panels

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

Appeal panels - 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