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Applications and appeals

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Getting your child into the right school can be a very stressful experience! But we've got lots of information in this section of the site to help you with the process, from choosing the right school for your child, understanding Ofsted reports, how to apply, how to appeal for a school place, school admissions panel hearings, and how to build your child's confidence if they don't get into the school of your choice


School admissions appeals forms: a step-by-step guide
School admissions appeals forms: a step-by-step guide
If you’ve just found out that your child hasn’t got a place in the school they wanted, the good news is that you can appeal the decision. Read our comprehensive guide on how to write a good appeals form and what information you need to include.
School appeals template letter
Primary school appeals template: Reception and KS1
If your child has missed out on a place at your preferred school, use this template as a basis for your appeal.
Primary school appeals
Primary school appeals: a step-by-step guide
Finding out your child hasn’t got a place at your preferred primary school can be devastating. We explain how to appeal the decision with our step-by-step guide to what to do when.
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Choosing a school: the parents' guide

Finding the school where your child will be happy, challenged and given opportunities to thrive both academically and creatively is no easy task. From reading Ofsted reports and making the most of open days to the right questions to ask, we offer lots of information to help you make the right choice.

School appeals step-by-step

Information and advice to support parents through the appeals process for primary and secondary school places.