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If your child has been refused a school place, you can appeal.

If you have applied as part of the normal round of admissions, and have been refused a school place, you will be automatically placed on the school’s oversubscription (waiting) list.

Oversubscription List (OSL)

The position your child will appear on the Oversubscription List will depend on how closely they meet the school’s admissions priority criteria - see Your Guide to Education for more details.

If a place becomes available, and your child is at the top of the list, you will be contacted automatically to offer you the place.

The majority of OSLs are maintained by Leicestershire County Council’s School Admissions Service. Voluntary Aided schools and some Academies maintain their own.


If you wish to appeal, it will be to the ‘admitting authority’ responsible for the school.

The majority of schools in Leicestershire (apart from Voluntary Aided Schools) use the Leicestershire County Council’s appeals service to conduct their appeals. So, you must use the council’s procedure to make your appeal, unless told otherwise.

The appeals procedure

Before you can appeal, you must have applied and been refused a school place. You should:

  1. Download and read the School Appeals Guidance   Opens new windo
  2. Complete the Online School Admissions Appeal form. Please make sure you have all the information you need before starting the form, as you can’t save it.
  3. Or download the

    School Admissions Appeal form   Opens new windowFor paper copies, please contact the Admissions Service

  4. Return the School Admission Appeal Form to the Director of Law and Governance by the closing date - closing dates vary depending on when you applied
  5. The Director of Law and Governance will let you know when your appeal hearing will take place
  6. You are encouraged to attend the appeal hearing yourself or with a friend. You may ask a representative to speak for you or you can send a written submissions.
  7. Your appeal will be considered by an Independent Appeals Panel, that is independent of the school and Leicestershire’s Children and Family Service
  8. Appeal decisions letters will be sent within 5 working days of the last appeal heard, wherever possible.

Please note:

  • repeat appeals in the same academic year will not be allowed unless there has been a significant change in your circumstances, eg a house move
  • the panel can only allow an appeal for a place in an infant class that already has 30 children if
    • an error was made in the processing of your application form
    • the policy or admissions arrangements were applied incorrectly or
    • the decision to refuse the place was unreasonable – see the School Appeals Guidance for more information.

School Admission Appeals Timetable 2018/2019

September 2018 entry

First time admissions or transfer applications for admission in September 2018 will be heard according to the following timetable as long as the appeal is submitted on time:

 Offer DateAppeals lodged
Appeals to be heard
SecondaryThursday 1 March 2018Friday 13 April 2018Monday 18 June 2018
(40 school days)
PrimaryMonday 16 April 2018Wednesday 16 May 2018Thursday 30 August 2018
(40 school days)

You can download the Appeals Timetable and more information.

Appeals timetable    Opens new window

Late Applications and Appeals

Applications for a school place received after the relevant closing dates i.e. after 31 October for secondary transfers or after 15 January for first time admissions are classed as late.

If your application was late, you must appeal within 20 school days of being refused the place. Your appeal will be heard up to 40 school days from the date it was lodged.

Mid-term or in-year transfers

If you have applied for a school place outside the normal round i.e mid-term, and been refused, then you must lodge an appeal within 20 school days of being notified that your application was unsuccessful.

Your appeal will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

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