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School admission appeals

If you are not allocated a place at a school you named as a preferred school on your application form, you have the right to appeal against this decision.

Please read the admission appeals booklet below which provides information around the appeals process in Bracknell Forest before completing the appeal form. You can also find national guidance for parents on school appeals on GOV.UK

Infant class size appeals

Government regulations limit class sizes to 30 pupils per class teacher in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. There are very limited grounds on which appeals to these year groups can be allowed. To allow an infant class size appeal, the panel must find that:

  • the infant class size limit (30 pupils per class teacher) would not be breached if your child were admitted to the school
  • the admissions arrangements were not correctly and impartially applied in your case
  • the decision to refuse your child a place at the school was unreasonable

Please consider which of the above apply to your case before submitting an infant class size appeal.

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Appeals timetable

Transfer appeals

The timetable and deadlines for the main round of school admission appeals for intake years is below:

Table showing school admissions appeal timetable

School intake

Offer day

Appeal submission deadline

Appeals will be heard by

Secondary (Year 7 2021)

Monday 1 March 2021

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Thursday 17 June 2021

Primary (Reception or Year 1 2021)

Friday 16 April 2021

Tuesday 18 May 2021

Tuesday 20 July 2021

Appeals for the same school will be considered together and parents will be notified of the arrangements for their appeal once their form is submitted.

Appeals received after the deadlines above will be heard as soon as possible but may not be considered at the same time as other appeals for the same school.

In-year appeals

School appeals for applications within a school year will be heard throughout the year, within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. The provisional dates for in-year appeals to be heard are below:

  • Thursday 27 May 2021
  • Thursday 24 June 2021
  • Tuesday 13 July 2021
  • Wednesday 14 July 2021 - deadline for appeals to be heard by this date is 18 June 2021
  • Wednesday 15 September 2021
  • Thursday 7 October 2021
  • Thursday 14 October 2021
  • Wednesday 3 November 2021
  • Wednesday 17 November 2021
  • Thursday 2 December 2021

Appeal statistics

You can view our school admission appeal statistics on DataShare:

School admission appeals panel

School admission appeal panels determine appeals lodged by parents where their child is not offered a place at their preferred school.

Each appeal panel is made up of 2 categories of people:

  • people who have not worked in a school except as a governor or volunteer
  • people who are experienced in education, such as teachers, teaching assistants or parents of registered pupils

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer member or apply for appointment to the educational appeals panel, please read our information page.

More information

If you have any queries regarding school admission appeals or would like more information, please contact us on 01344 352000.

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