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Appeal a school place and check waiting lists online

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

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Coronavirus affecting school admission appeals

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we expect delays to school admission appeals. Further information will be shared in due course.

If you have applied as part of the normal round of admissions, and been refused a place, you will automatically be 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.

Check school waiting list (OSL) online

You can use this waiting list if you have applied for:

  • First time admissions (4+ children starting reception)
  • Infant to Junior Transfers (Year 3 children refused for a Junior school place)
  • Secondary Transfers (Year 6 children transferring to Year 7)

If you have applied for a mid-term transfer, the majority of schools in Leicestershire do not hold in-year waiting lists so your child will not usually appear on this list.

Please note that the waiting lists will only last until the end of the autumn term i.e. 31 December 2022.

Please have your child's student ID number ready ('Your Reference' on your offer letter)

Check waiting list position online

  • If your child doesn't reside in Leicestershire you will need to contact the School Admissions team (details at foot of page) 
  • If your child is on the waiting list for Loughborough De Lisle, Market Bosworth High School or Stoke Golding St Martins School please contact the school directly

Please note: this form uses information from the Citizen Portal, so when the portal is undergoing maintenance you won’t be able to access it.


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

Changes to school admission appeals due to Coronavirus

Due to current restrictions on gatherings of more than 2 people, changes are due to come into force on 24 April 2020 which will mean appeals will not be held in person and instead will take place by phone or video conferencing.

These changes will apply to all appeals not yet heard and all appeals lodged after 24 April 2020.

A further update will be provided by the Department for Education on 24 April 2020. Read the initial DfE admission appeals information.

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 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.

Making an appeal

  1. Download and read the School Appeals Guidance   Opens new windo
  2. Complete the Online School Admissions Appeal form. Please have all the information you need before starting the form, as you can’t save it.
  • You can add supporting documents to the form and send further supporting material afterwards, up to 5 working days before your hearing.

Or you can download and print out a PDF version to send in by post:

School Admissions Appeal form PDF    Opens new window

To have a paper copy posted to you, contact the Admissions Service using the form at the bottom of the page.

For appeals using the PDF or paper form, return it to the Director of Law and Governance by the closing date - check the appeals timetable below.

What happens next

  • The Director of Law and Governance will let you know when your appeal hearing will take place. 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 submission
  • Your appeal will be considered by an Independent Appeals Panel, that is independent of the school and Leicestershire’s Children and Family Service
  • Appeal decision 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 2022/2023

September 2022 entry

Appeals for year of entry (Reception) or transfer applications for admission in September 2021 will be heard according to the following timetable where the appeal is submitted on time:

 Offer DateAppeals lodged
Appeals to be heard
Secondary schoolsTuesday 1 March 2022Tuesday 29 March 2022Wednesday 15 June 2022
(40 school days)
Primary schoolsTuesday 19 April 2022Monday 23 May 2022Thursday 8 September 2022
(40 school days)

Appeal Hearing Dates

Appeals received after the deadlines will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline date (above) or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged, whichever is later.

Secondary School on-time applicants: the hearing window for appeals to take place is until 15 June 2022.

Primary School on-time applicants: the hearing window for appeals to take place is until 8 September 2022.

You will receive notification of your hearing date during these time periods.

As necessary, school appeals will be conducted in accordance with the School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 as amended.  

You will receive notification of any changes prior to your hearing.

You can download the Appeals Timetable and information here:

Appeals timetable 2022/23   Opens new window

Guidance for parents participating in a remote school appeal hearing   Opens new window

Late Applications and Appeals

Applications for a school place received after the closing dates 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 within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals, where possible, or 30 school days from the date the appeal 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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