If your child did not get into the school you wanted, you can appeal to an independent panel.
Appeal dates - Primary school admissions 2024
Before you appeal you:
If you don't want to appeal you can still join a waiting list.
Not all appeals are successful. In the last school year, there were:
Your appeal is more likely to be successful if the school:
A school might have made a mistake if someone got a place who:
How the distance you live from the school is measured
To see if the school have made a mistake, compare your details against the last child offered a place at the school. You can find this in our Check a school's admissions details tool.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are limited to 30 pupils per teacher by law. This means that appeals for these places are less likely to be successful.
If a school refuses your child a place because of this limit and you want to appeal, you will need to make an infant class size appeal.
You can see if your reasons are likely to be successful by reading the Department for Education's information about infant class size appeals.
An example of a successful infant class size appeal
You can appeal because you want your child to attend a particular school. These are successful if the panel agree that the reasons for your appeal outweigh the school's decision not to admit any more children.
Wanting your child to go to a school because you think it is the best one in the area is not likely to convince the panel that your child should get a place there.
Appeals happen in two parts. First you appeal in writing and then you attend an appeal hearing.
You need to clearly set out the reasons why your child should have a place at your preferred school in your appeal form.
You can appeal for most Leeds schools using our online form but some schools you will need to contact directly.
If the school you want to appeal for is not in Leeds, you need to contact their local council.
After you appeal in writing we will send you a letter inviting you to a hearing. We will contact you at least 10 school days before your hearing.
Before the appeal, you will be sent the appeal papers. These include all documents you submitted and the school’s statement of case where they set out why they refused the appeal. You must read these before the appeal.
You can request an alternative appeal date by emailing us before your appeal date. This is called deferring an appeal.
If you do this, there will be a delay before your appeal can be re-heard and it could be after the next school holidays.
We cannot guarantee a specific date or time as we must have all panel members and school representatives available to hold an appeal.
Appeals are heard by a panel of 3 people and follow the School Admission Appeals Code. On 1 October 2022, an updated School Admission Appeals Code comes into force. The updated Code applies to all appeals submitted after that date.
Appeals are held at a Leeds City Council building. You can participate in the appeal by attending in person, or joining via a video link.
If you need us to make any reasonable adjustments to the way your appeal is heard, please tell us on the appeal form.
You should be there to give the reasons for your appeal and so the panel can ask you questions. You can also bring a family member, friend or someone else to support you.
You can attend in person or via video call. If you don't attend the hearing, the panel will make a decision based on your written appeal.
Someone from the school will be there. This could be the headteacher or another member of staff. They can attend in person or via video call.
An independent panel of three people. They decide whether the appeal is successful or not.
A clerk will be there to make sure that everything is carried out fairly, legally and stays confidential.
Appeal hearings take around 30 minutes. If a school has a lot of appeals you might need to attend on more than one day.
They usually happen like this:
We will write to you with the panel’s decision within 5 school days of the hearing. If the panel is hearing multiple appeals for the same school, the decision will be sent within 5 school days of the last appeal hearing for that school. The decision of the panel is final.
If you think that the council or the panel have not followed proper procedures in the appeal hearing, you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman. They can't overturn the decision but they can ask us to hear your appeal again.
If you appealed for a place at an academy you can complain to ESFA.